Thermometer Rising On Raheem The DreamOctober 12th, 2009
Vacation Man of BSPN.com was the first Joe has read to suggest Raheem the Dream may be on thin ice.
Today, Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times is the first local MSMer Joe has read to lob the first grenade, asking if Raheem the Dream is up to the task of being an NFL head coach.
For Morris, the man in charge of the answers, Sundays always seem to end like this. Five times he has coached an NFL game, and five times his team has lost. His defense is not getting better, and his offense is getting worse, and by now, double-digit beatings seem to be the norm. He is a winless coach, and for him and his team, Sundays are wasted afternoons.
All of this is on Morris, of course. Say what you will about the talent, and say what you want about his newness to the job, and say all you care to about how cheap the owners have become. It doesn’t matter. In the NFL, coaches are judged by the scoreboard, and when a team is 0-5 and has lost by an average of more than two touchdowns per game, a coach’s fingerprints are all over the disappointment.
Everything that Shelton writes is accurate but Joe has to be fair:
Was it Raheem the Dream’s decision to sign the walking turnstile Sean Mayhem to replace Jeff Faine? Was it Raheem the Dream’s decision to re-sign to a hideous contract a wide receiver who catches a cold more often than he catches a football? Was it Raheem the Dream’s decision to draft a defensive end who has had one decent half in nearly 2 1/2 years?
Granted, Raheem the Dream deserves his share of blame in this mess. He’s the one who decided to fire his offensive coordinator 10 days before the season — a guy he hired in the first place. It was his decision to hire Jim Bates to oversee a defense with players that do not fit his style of defense.
And maybe more importantly, it was Raheem the Dream who lobbied hard and heavy for the Bucs to trade up to draft the object of his lust, quarterback Josh Freeman.
Joe just doesn’t see the need to call for Raheem the Dream’s head (yet). It’s premature. Is he blameless? Of course not. Who exactly expected the Bucs to compete for the playoffs this year? In Joe’s eyes, if you are not going to compete for a Super Bowl then compete for the worst record in the NFL so you can get a good draft slot.