Dungy Not On Same Page As Raheem The DreamAugust 10th, 2010
Last year, Raheem The Dream made a handful of comments comparing his new regime to the early years of the Tony Dungy era.
Joe wrote a few times about how those were almost ridiculous analogies.
Today, speaking on The Ron and Ian Show, on WDAE-AM 620, Dungy talked about some of the challenges facing the Bucs and about how Raheem The Dream might be better served to play his first team a little longer than he plans to during the preseason opener in Miami on Saturday.
Raheem The Dream told the media that his first unit might only get one series against the Dolphins, so recorded Tampa Tribune scribe eye-RAH! Kaufman.
Under Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay fielded a veteran team and Buc starters played sparingly throughout the four exhibition games. Although the 2010 Bucs have only two players older than 31, cornerback Ronde Barber and guard Keydrick Vincent, it appears the overall philosophy hasn’t changed.
Morris indicated Tampa Bay’s starters, including second-year quarterback Josh Freeman, may not play past the opening series.
“Every once in a while, you want to see a younger player go, so you let him out there a little longer, or if you’re trying a guy at a different position,” said Morris. “Hopefully, it’s a series apiece for the offense and defense … about 12 snaps apiece and get ’em off the field.”
Dungy explained how he set out to have his 1996 team establish an identity immediately and stick to it at all costs.
Dungy said the Bucs strayed from their plan last year and are trying to re-establish that core identity. For that reason, Dungy said, he would consider giving the Bucs starters more time in Miami so they could really form that identity on the field.