More Raheem Gushing For BlountSeptember 28th, 2010
Joe told you earlier that Raheem Morris is now a huge LeGarrette Blount fan, to the point where he named the rookie running back the Bucs’ No. 1 option in short yardage and goal line situations during The Raheem Morris Show on WDAE-AM on Monday.
Here’s even more detail into the Bucs’ head coach’s mindset when it comes to Blount:
“He made some really good football players miss. I can name a couple. He made [Lawrence] Timmons miss a tackle in the backfield. He made Troy Polamalu miss a tackle in the backfield. And those are really good football players of high quality. We don’t play that quality every week. If he can do that to that defense, on his terms, then hopefully he can get that the rest of the season,” Morris said.
“And that’s why it’s really exciting for me. I know everybody is gloom and doom, and everybody is in the tank, but I still have young players on the cusp and still coming. Arrelious Benn, Legarrette Blount, these young men haven’t even scratched the surface yet. And we’re 2-1. And we have a chance to get these guys ready in the bye week.”
Again, Morris referred to everybody (the media?) being “gloom and doom.” Joe’s just not getting where Morris is feeling a sky-is-falling vibe. Whatever motivates you, coach.
Co-host TJ Rives pressed Morris for more on Blount. “Enlighten us. Is [his knowledge of the playbook] at 25 percent, 50 percent?” Rives asked.
“That’s being generous. You know, the young man’s been here for two weeks. And he’s really been running scout team running back for us,” Morris said. “We go into a game and say, ‘hey, these are the five runs we want him to know. These are the couple of things we want him to be able to do.’ And he’s able to go out there and execute.
“Now you just got to keep adding to that gradually and slowly. He knows probably more than we give him credit for right now, but you’ve got to be smart when you’ve got young players like that, especially with a young football team.”
“Being a head coach and a defensive coordinator, and I’m watching this big young man running through the holes in practice, and I’m going, ‘Coach Olson, we’ve gotta find a role for this guy.'”