Freeman Sank Raheem “More Than Anything Did”January 5th, 2012
In one of the more astute former-Buccaneer rants Joe’s heard in a long time, Bucs icon John Lynch gave a take on why Raheem Morris was fired during an interview with Todd Wright on Yahoo! Sports Radio this week.
Lynch opened by explaining Raheem is a friend of his and the two sat next to each other in position meetings when Raheem was an up-and-coming coach.
“He had somehow lost it,” Lynch said. “A young team, he had lost their attention. You know, it was kind of sickening to watch, I think, because there’s one thing that’s non-negotiable in this league to me from players, and that’s effort. In the last three or four games that I watched, there were numerous times where you were questioning effort. That doesn’t work. It’s inexcusable. And at that point you have to make a change.
“You know I think the next time around I would venture to say Raheem is going to come out and lay the hammer down. You know, I think it’s ok to be good to your players, treat them like men. But you also got to let them know that there are going to be standards to live up to on and off the field. And if you don’t, that there’s going to be consequences. And I don’t know if that ever happened. And I think that probably was some of his of his downfall.
“Ultimately when you’ve got a stud franchise quarterback and he’s not deveolping, in fact he’s going the other way, I think that’s what really more than anything did it. And that’s what happening with Josh Freeman. I really think that kid has the goods. And if I’m looking for a head coach for that team, that day No. 1 is to find a guy that can get the best out of him. Because I think then you build around him.”
Joe couldn’t agree more. Freeman having a solid 2011 surely would have brought the Bucs a couple more wins and cemented Raheem’s job (with a new defensive coordinator). Nobody would have wanted to mess with Freeman this offseason if he were thriving.
Lynch went on to say he thinks the Bucs have the most quality pieces of the NFL teams with a coaching vacancy, calling the Bucs’opening a job “people would really covet.”
As Joe’s’ written before, the Bucs gig is a plumb job, with loads of talent in the trenches, a 23-year-old quarterback with all the tools who showed he can put them together for a year, and a dangerous running back that nobody’s figure out how to use. That’s hadly a bad start to a new regime.