“That’s For Mental Midgets”January 1st, 2012
The Raheem Morris era has been quite a ride. Forget the failures of the Bucs coaching staff for a moment, Joe has to applaud the entertainment and honor Raheem has brought fans through his candid news conferences and by seemingly always taking on interviews even in the toughest of times for a head coach.
Raheem has been relentless in his desire to communicate with fans and media. It’s darn rare among NFL head coaches. Sure, Raheem has had tense moments with some media members over the years, but they are rare.
Of course, after today’s debacle in Atlanta, Raheem was peppered with questions about his job. Raheem answered them all, punctuating one response by describing spending time thinking about his future as, “That’s for mental midgets.”
Like Raheem, Joe (this Joe anyway) was a North Jersey guy through high school. And Joe knows there are some expressions from
the armpit of the nation that part of the country that aren’t popular in Tampa Bay. As a kid, Joe heard the “mental midget” line a lot, and Joe’s not that much older than Raheem.
Joe suspects the dwarf population might take offense to Raheem’s comment, but Joe’s quite sure Raheem meant nothing derogatory.
It sure seems doubtful Raheem will be the Bucs’ head coach in 2012, and Joe would not be sad about that, but Joe suspects he’ll miss Raheem’s off-field personna.