TAMPA, Fla. -- In the locker room at One Buccaneer Place, the verdict appears unanimous. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are jubilant that former assistant coach Richard Williamson is now the permanent head coach.
"Richard deserved a chance," wide receiver Mark Carrier said. "You can't judge on the last three games [which Williamson coached after the firing of Ray Perkins]. Guys on the team felt he was the right guy, and that he has the talent to coach."
The players reacted positively to the change in coaching personalities. Perkins was stern and unyielding, Williamson more relaxed.
"I think it will have a good effect," defensive back Mark Robinson said. "When players play in a high-pressure business there are a lot of demands put on you. With a more relaxed atmosphere, we should be able to let our talents show. I really think it will benefit this team."