Raheem The Dream Likes Coach Yarber’s “Vibe”June 24th, 2010
There was a twinkle in Raheem The Dream’s eye last week when he talked about new wide receivers coach Eric Yarber, the 46-year-old veteran coach the Bucs brought in to replace Richard Mann.
Raheem The Dream explained he likes the spirited teaching and cameraderie Yarber fosters among his charges. The head coach even went so far as to explain that Yarber is the polar opposite of Mann.
“Juice. Energy. Enthusiasm. He’s a fired up guy,” Raheem The Dream told the media when asked to give his impressions of working with Yarber. “I hate to call him a young guy. He’s old. He played with Doug Williams [in Washington]. So I like to give him crap about that. He’s running around like he’s 22. And he’s excited to coach his guys.
“He’s got a nice bounce about him on the practice field. He’s got a nice bounce about him in the meeting rooms. His meeting rooms are very entertaining. He brings back, for me being a head coach, when you walk in that room it kind of gets you back into that feel when you’re a [defensive backs] coach. You get to that room and the guys are there and they’re joking around and they’re working. You’re able to talk to the guys and they’re able to communicate back with you. You’re able to communicate with those guys. You’re able to learn from some of the older guys in that room. He’s able to comment. He’s talking about his experience from his playing days. It’s real nice. It’s a breath fresh air, you know, from what we had. Richard Mann was kind of the opposite. He was a set old back, laid back teacher, a fundamentalist core. You know, and he had a lot of great attributes, as well. But it’s a nice vibe when you go into that room and you see the guys really vibing, and really having that kind of energy chasing them down.”
Raheem The Dream was then asked if Yarber reminds him of himself. (Superior follow up question, actually).
“I don’t want to say that because he’s older than me. You know that’s kind of a smack at where he is [in his career] or whatever. I don’t want to take a shot at my guy.” Raheem The Dream said grinning. “I just see a lot of similar coaching styles that we have together that I would have loved to be a DB coach against him. Because I would have tortured him every day.”
Joe’s glad Raheem The Dream’s receivers are “vibing.” Hopefully, that will help the blocking icon Michael Clayton catch the ball, or perhaps request a trade because he isn’t feelin’ the “vibe.”
That said, Raheem The Dream is in a such a feel-good position compared to last year. Now he has a clue direction.
And he’s got his receivers coach, his defensive coordinator, his quarterback, his quarterback coach, and seemingly his stockpile of defensive draft picks and an offensive coordinator to vibe with.
All the excuses are gone. How refreshing.