Why Neuter Jim Bates Now?November 24th, 2009
Maybe the game passed him by? Who knows?
Joe finds it a little more than curious as to the timing of Bates being “relieved” as defensive coordinator.
While it’s a popular perception that Raheem the Dream was safe for this season, possibly next season and maybe until the NFL and the NFLPA come to a labor peace, no one truly knows what was going through the minds of Bryan and Joel.
There was only one word that Joe can use that is fit for mass public consumption to describe the Bucs defense: rancid, specifically the rush defense. Watching the Bucs try to stop the run against the Saints so turned Joe’s stomach, he imagined this must be what an adult movie starring Rosie O’Donnell would be like.
What Joe finds curious is the timing. Clearly something had to be done. The Bucs defense was beyond a laughing stock and each game the brutal Bucs seemed to set franchise lows for defense.
Given the mostly sorry history of this franchise prior to 1997, the defense — or lack thereof — was more than alarming.
Joe wonders if Raheem — and possibly general manager Mark Dominik — were starting to worry about their own job security and launched Bates, eeerr, “relieved” Bates, in an attempt to save their own jobs?
Not a dumb move if that was the case. Something, anything, had to be done.