Remember, Kiffin Worked Toward Bates’ Scheme

November 24th, 2009

Joe's compiled various quotes that reveal jettisoned defensive coordinator Jim Bates and Raheem The Dream were on different planets with their interpretation of the defense

As Bucs fans wait for what should be a fascinating and manic explanation of the Jim Bates firing by Raheem The Dream, Joe wants to refresh your memory of one of the head coach’s most recent explanations of the defense.

Raheem The Dream’s comments came during a conference call with the New Orleans media last Wednesday, as transcribed by He explained that Monte Kiffin was working toward Bates’s scheme and philosophy.

“The previous regime we worked with we tried to transform it a little bit to this package we’re in right now. We just transformed over to it. There’s not much difference. There’s a lot of the same coverages, little different verbiage, different teachings and some more understanding of different things we may not have talked about before. We have all the stuff we had before. We’ve just added some things we needed to add from before and now we’re just putting it all together. We have a bunch of young guys that have to buy into it and grow into it together and see where we can go.

Just a couple of days after Raheem The Dream delivered this explanation, Bates contradicted him in comments to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune saying his defense was a complete overhaul.

“The hardest thing has been it’s a total change,” Bates said.

Again, today’s explanation should be fascinating.

If you’d like your head to totally explode, Joe recommends reading these other spoken contradictions about the defense delivered by Bates and Raheem The Dream.

5 Responses to “Remember, Kiffin Worked Toward Bates’ Scheme”

  1. oar Says:

    Call Herm Edwards!

  2. lightningbuc Says:

    Bates is a scapegoat! As Duemig always says – you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken [email protected]#T!

  3. nick Says:

    Working towards a scheme is a lot better than switching to a scheme. Everyone said the system wouldn’t work and we were all right. We need the Tampa 2 to get by this year and maybe we can get some guys to make a smooth transition

  4. Justin Says:

    Joe, keep in mind Bates had it in his best interest to make it seem like his job was harder than it might have been, hence a possible explanation for the contradictions.

  5. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Just putting it out there. You decide. …Typically, coordinators don’t even speak to the media let alone contradict the head coach. That’s not a good way to get another job.