Quincy Black Was A SlackerAugust 10th, 2010
Fans got a look at Quincy Black improving in his first season as a starter last year, and Raheem The Dream has expressed very high hopes for the fourth-year linebacker this season.
Yesterday, Raheem The Dream explained in more detail during his news conference that Black’s growth on the field is part of a personal transformation — from slacker to hard worker.
“Quincy Black is a guy I talked to a lot. He told me. Admittedly so, He said, ‘i kinda coasted through those first two years.’ And he said, ‘it’s my own fault.’ He said, ‘then i developed just a hunger and an itch,” Raheem The Dream said. “Once he became our starting SAM [linebacker], you really started to see the kid get better and better every week. And developed into just a freak athlete man out there.
And now, he’s at that point of his career where he’s going to either, you know, ascend to just greatness, or he’s just going to be, you know, OK. And the decision he’s making right now has got all of greatness pointing towards him.”
Ultimately, players have to be self motivated. And Joe is as hopeful as the next guy about Black.
Joe does find it odd that Black didn’t have his head completely in the right place during the Monte Kiffin era. And Joe remembers the story of Gaines Adams not giving his all in the weight room at that time. And Geno Hayes saying that he didn’t watch film in 2008.
Given those three scenarios, it seems to Joe that something was going wrong when it came to Gruden, Kiffin and young defensive players.