Raheem Enjoying “Half” DaysMay 24th, 2011
His day is about half has busy as it would usually be, so Raheem told the WQYK-AM 1010 morning crew last week. Raheem says the lockout makes him worried about players improving without coaches around — missing out on what he calls “the stuff that makes you great.”
“Those guys that you don’t know at the beginning of the season, … they’re missing the opportunity to come into the facility right now and get better. That’s what you worry about. You know, usually we’re in the office a lot earlier. We’re in the office at 4 a.m. because we’re getting ready for our guys to come in, you know, for that hour that we get them as a coaching staff other than what they do as far as training. And we’re preparing for that and then in the afternoons we’re able to look at some of our cutups. Right now we kind of cut that day in half a little bit, so we’re just looking at our stuff and getting ready to look at [film of] free agents in the afternoon. So that’s the stuff that we’re missing, the stuff that makes you great,” Raheem said. “So it gives me a little more time to come up and talk to [media]. It also gives me a little more time to really enjoy what Coach [Joe] Maddon is doing. It gives me a little more time to really enjoy what’s going on with Coach [Guy Boucher]. … I’m really enjoying what’s happening in our city and our town.”
With the extra time on their hands, Joe wonders how tempting it might be for Raheem and other coaches to find their way over to Josh Freeman’s top secret workouts.