Bucs Part Of The “Stench” Of The NFL

October 23rd, 2009
Raheem the Dreams days as Bucs coach lies directly in the hands of Josh Freeman.
Raheem the Dream’s future as Bucs coach sits directly in the hands of Josh Freeman.

Bucs fans already know how lousy this team is. So it a perverse way, it’s fun to read what national columnists have to say about the Bucs.

Clark Judge of CBSSports.com has plenty to say about the Bucs, none of it good. He rakes Raheem the Dream over the coals, comparing him to dead man walking, Jim Zorn, (soon-to-be-fired) head coach of the Redskins.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The good: It was [89] and sunny in Tampa today.

The bad: In Raheem Morris, the Bucs promoted an assistant who increasingly looks as if he’s so far in over his head it might take a free diver to pull him to the surface. The team gutted the roster and started over, which is OK if you have a plan. I don’t get that sense with Morris, and neither do a lot of people.

How they got here: By firing Jon Gruden and taking a flyer on a 32-year-old secondary coach who never was a coordinator. Excuse me, but isn’t there another head coach with those qualifications who’s on the endangered list?

Why there’s hope: Rookie quarterback Josh Freeman. I don’t know how good he is, but the more he doesn’t play, the better he looks. At some point, he must get a sniff.

Long-term prognosis: It depends on Freeman. If he plays well, maybe they have a chance. If not, I give Morris maybe two more years before he goes back to being an assistant.

Joe has written it even before Freeman was drafted: Raheem the Dream will sink or swim with Freeman. If Freeman succeeds, so too will Raheem the Dream. If Freeman fails…

11 Responses to “Bucs Part Of The “Stench” Of The NFL”

  1. Louie Says:

    Two more years!!!??? Let’s see, at this rate that would be 0-48. In my opinion, Morris has to win some games THIS season just to keep his job.

  2. Joe Says:

    In my opinion, Morris has to win some games THIS season just to keep his job.


    Until/unless Chucky is hired by someone, Raheem the Dream is safe. There’s no way Bryan and Joel are going to pay for three coaches.

  3. thedeej3000 Says:

    If Raheem is around two more years, I will stab my eyes out with a pencil.

  4. oar Says:

    Even if Freeman is great, he won’t help the defensive woes or the receivers to catch the damn ball!

  5. thedeej3000 Says:

    Why not Joe? Raheem can’t be making that much… Isn’t Jagodzinksi getting paid right now?

    The Glazers made a mistake by hiring Raheem don’t compound the problem by keeping him around another year. Did you see how empty the stadium was on Sunday? Those seats will get emptier and emptier as long as Raheem is here. At some point they are losing more money by keeping him on the sideline than paying him to stay on his couch.

  6. thedeej3000 Says:

    …and to the point, of Raheem’s future resting in the hands of the first round draft pick… this is always a recipe for failure. Rookie QB on a bad team… doesn’t change the fact that the team is bad. I fully expect poor Josh to collapse under the pressure of being the savior… I mean, he stunk against third stringers in preseason… the Raheem era is an unmitigated disaster and the plug needs to be pulled sooner rather than later.

  7. Joe Says:


    Mini bombshell in the CBS video that just posted from Pat Kirwan concerning the defense; not that it doesn’t surprise Joe.

  8. Trox Says:

    The question you have to ask is since the defense is so bad, why doesn’t Raheem take over the play calling on the defense like Lovie Smith in Chicago? Maybe the occasional run blitz, stop two gapping the defensive tackles. Just a thought

  9. oar Says:

    Its the whole scheme, it doesnt work with the players we have. Round peg, square hole kinda thing. Where’s Herm Edwards? I like to see him as DC!
    Bears run a defense Lovie is familar with. Raheem doesnt even know what Bates is running.

  10. Sgt Mike Says:

    And Raheem was never more than a position coach. He was headed into his first gig as a pro DC with a defense he was familiar with as well as the players. I think he would have been a decent DC but HC ? Not yet. Hopefully he isn’t straight tankin his career.

  11. Gino Says:

    Two words-Richard Williamson.

    Deja vu anybody???