Trash-Talking Raheem Back At PodiumJune 14th, 2012
The ol’ ball coach, Raheem Morris, was back at the podium yesterday at Redskins minicamp and dished out 13+ minutes of fast-talking fun for the D.C. media. Here’s the video.
Raheem stopped just short of calling a D.C. reporter a mental midget when asked whether learning the 3-4 defense in Washington was a good career move.
“I never looked at it that way. I’m the very best,” Raheem said of the “mentally weak” question. “I was the best last year when I got fired. I’m going to continue to feel that way.”
Among other topics, Raheem talks about trash-talking in practice to get a competitive environment (something Greg Schiano surely would disagree with), building a culture, underwear, how he’s advised the D.C. offensive staff on developing rookie quarterback RGII based on his experience with Josh Freeman, and more.
He also compared London Fletcher’s leadership to Barrett Ruud’s.
Interestingly, the Washington Post noted that Raheem’s style can be an acquired taste.
Earlier, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan joked that Morris can get under his skin with his constant trash talk during practice. Morris said he was glad to hear it and intended to “pump up the juice a little bit during training camp.”
“To create that competitive environment, it’s like playing pickup basketball sometimes and you talk a little trash,” said Morris. “Go out there and have fun, while still getting the job done.”
Joe doesn’t expect Raheem, as a position coach, to do many more news conferences. But Joe will be listening when he does. These things are just too much fun.