THE QB BLAST: Raheem Scoring With Honesty

June 16th, 2009

jeffcarlsonhead2By JEFF CARLSON

Former Bucs quarterback Jeff Carlson writes the weekly QB Blast column here at Joe is ecstatic to have him firing away. Carlson has sports radio and TV gigs in the Bay area and trains quarterbacks of all ages via his company, America’s Best Quarterback.

Honestly, Raheem Morris gets it!

I ran into Morris a couple of times this week at events, getting to spend some “quality” time with him. He is one of those guys that can make anyone feel like you and he have known each other forever.

Morris talked about he is being honest with his players, something that they can deal with. They may not like what they hear, but they can deal with honesty.

It was the lack of honesty (or perceived lack thereof) that had so many Buccaneers’ players upset with Jon Gruden. It seemed there was always a promise of something never realized that had so many badmouthing the king of potty-mouths.

Morris is on the right track with his truth tactic. From Luke McCown’s reaction to the drafting of Josh Freeman, it’s clear the Bucs head coach had been upfront with McCown about their future potential quarterback.

This new truth approach will always be delivered through Mark Dominik’s and Raheem Morris’ perspective, so there will still be some unhappy campers sent home like the ousted bachelors/bachelorettes on The Bachelor that can’t figure out why their dream lover didn’t want to marry them.

But courtesy and honesty go a long way in the NFL, and in this I know personally that Morris is correct in his approach with players.

I enjoyed my time in the NFL and have no regrets, but if there was one thing I thought was owed to me that didn’t happen was a phone call from Ray Perkins (offensive coordinator-New England Patriots) to let me know that they had decided to go in another direction at quarterback. Instead I got a phone call from Bill Parcells’ secretary telling me that I could disregard the training camp information that they had just mailed me.

Again, courtesy and honesty go a very long way in the NFL.

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