Love For Ruud, WoodsDecember 16th, 2010
Sporting a fresh professional haircut that removed his girly golden locks — perhaps for a March job interview? — Barrett Ruud accepted a fancy award today at One Buc Palace for his great work on and off the field.
Raheem Morris presented him with a fancy silver helmet for making the USA All-Fundamentals Team and said some kind words for the man who patrols the middle of the Bucs defense and no doubt strikes fear in the hearts of opponents.
Raheem praised Ruud’s “form tackling” and “the way he absolutely controls our defense. He’s an extension of me out on the field.”
The head coach went on to talk about the men who he expects to stuff the run in front of Ruud against the Lions on Sunday: tackles Al Woods, recently promoted Frank Okam and Roy Miller.
While Raheem praised Michael Bennett’s fill-in role for injured Gerald McCoy on Sunday in Washington, Raheem made it clear that Bennett is a defensive end and just “a changeup guy” at defensive tackle. Raheem essentially said Bennett is not a guy suited to handle double teams.
Raheem called Woods “very productive” during his time this season.
Regarding Okam, Raheem was given a set-up question to sing his praises but said simply that the 6-5, 350-pound Okam will get a shot to shine. Having watched Raheem talk about players, Joe suspects not much is expected from Okam, a third-year pro.
Of course, most of the guys that the Bucs haven’t rated too highly have surprised and performed well this year.
Joe’s tossing and turning thinking about the Lions running for 190 yards against a motivated Green Bay defense last week. Joe’s not sure his stomach can handle another Jim Bates special.