Blount Named Short-Yardage, Goal-Line RBSeptember 28th, 2010
You can hear it in Raheem Morris’ voice. He’s got a lot of love and excitement for undrafted rookie running back LeGarrette Blount.
Why the Bucs head coach is so fired up he said Blount has earned the role of short-yardage and goal-line back for the remainder of the season. Morris made the revelation on The Raheem Morris Show on WDAE-AM 620 on Monday, archived on 620WDAE.com.
“For me it was a mentality with LeGarrette Blount,” Morris said. “You know, we got the ball down on the 1 yard line. And we’re in a 2-minute mode. And we stopped. And we’re in goal line offense. Our mentality was to run the ball in on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Because I know how much they pride themselves on stopping the run and not allowing people to go in there. So we knew it would be all out pressure up the middle … and we had two downs to get it.
“You know, it was no second guessing what play we were going to call. We wanted to run the ball in the end zone with LeGarrette Blount and make a statement for our young football team and for us that we’re going to get this yard no matter what. Safe to say, in a live situation, in live bullets, that LeGarrette Blount has earned the short yardage and goal line back role from now on.”
Joe is glad Raheem made the point of “making a statement” for his young team by grinding out a critical one-yard TD run on the ground against the Steelers’ defense.
This is exactly why Joe was upset at the play call against the Browns when the Bucs had the ball with 39 seconds left, a 4th-and-1 situation on the Browns 5 yard line leading 17-14. They rolled out Freeman and he threw the ball away. The play there, per Morris’ core beliefs, was to let his young team pound out that one yard to end the game.
Joe’s just glad Morris is back to his core beliefs and buiding confidence through violent play.