Raheem Credited Bates For Black InterceptionNovember 24th, 2009
Here’s more insight into the Jim Bates firing you won’t find anywhere else: Joe has dug up the audio of Raheem The Dream giving credit to Bates for the key Quincy Black interception in Miami.
It was 3rd-and-7 for the Dolphins in their own end and Miami was gunning for a first down to potentially close out the game.
Speaking on Total Access, on 620 WDAE-AM, back on Nov. 16, the head coach explained that he was sure Miami would run the ball but Jim Bates was in his ear telling him to expect a pass. So Raheem The Dream admitted he deferred to Bates and the pass coverage.
Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne did, in fact, drop back to throw and Black made the interception and Josh Freeman led the Bucs to a late-game, go-ahead score.
“You know, we actually called a switch, which is the quarters coverage, so [Black] just read the quarterbacks eyes and was able to make a great play,” Raheem The Dream said on Total Access. “Really they tricked the head coach, I’ve got to be honest. I thought, ‘No way. I thought they would tough it out, grind it out.’ And Jim Bates, my defensive coordinator said, “Coach, man they might throw it right here.’ And I said, ‘OK, let’s go with the switch.’ We went with the switch and they threw the football and a great play by Quincy Black … and set us up for what looked like the go-ahead driving score to end the game.”
When first hearing this, Joe found it interesting how involved Morris was in the playcalling. That’s not surprising, especially on a big play, but it’s interesting.
Regardless, now the guy the head coach relied on heavily in Miami is gone.