Bill Cowher Makes Sense But…

December 30th, 2009

Like just about every NFL fan, the weekend report by NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora that the Bucs have reached out to Bill Cowher has got Pete Prisco of talking.

Prisco likes the idea, but at the same time thinks it’s unfair to Raheem the Dream.

The talk of Bill Cowher to Tampa Bay makes sense. The Glazer family loves going after big names. Remember the Bill Parcells pursuit? They traded away a bounty of draft picks to get Jon Gruden. And Raheem Morris hasn’t exactly wowed them. But I have to say this: Why did you hire him if you’re not going to give him a fair shot? The Bucs have won back-to-back road games, including beating the Saints Sunday. And they’ve played much of the season with a rookie quarterback. I’m not sure Morris is the next great coach, but I think he deserves another year.

Prisco has a point. The Bucs have seemed to turn the corner. Has Raheem the Dream made mistakes? Of course. But he seems to have corrected them.

By the way, many NFL types thought the Bucs would have a 4-12 season. Seems as if that prediction is right on target. So why throw Raheem the Dream into the street?

11 Responses to “Bill Cowher Makes Sense But…”

  1. Mr. Lucky Says:


    You wanna talk fair????

    So it was FAIR to replace a superbowl coach with a relative unknown?

    It was fair to Derrick Brooks to let him go so we could watch perrenial back-ups this year?

    Was it fair to black ball Rush from a partial owernship in the Rams?


    This is the NFL folks – there is no FAIR in NFL

  2. polkcountydude Says:

    Maybe fair isn’t the right word. Raheem may actually be the better long-term solution; and given what he has had to work with, I think he has earned the right to prove next year that he is the long-term solution. Great job covering Cowhergate – I did just coin that – so far.

  3. Joe Says:

    Mr. Lucky:

    Joe hopes you are not wearing your Josh Johnson jersey today. You’re liable to get stains on it.

  4. Florida Girl Says:

    Coach Rah is here for 2010. With the CBA up in the air in 2011 and Coach Gruden’s salary still on the books, the Bucs aren’t going to sign Cowher – salary requirements are too much. While the Bucs front office didn’t want to label this a rebuilding year, it clearly was. Coach Rah and the new players are learning how to win. I’m looking forward to next year after a good draft and more focused training camp.

  5. aldo Says:

    Mr lucky:

    so what can u say when the steelers replace cowher with tomlin and not with wisenhunt??? and tomlin was just a position coach, he becomes a super bowl coach last year, why raheem not???

  6. mpmalloy Says:

    I’m Ok with Coach Morris.
    When he runs the defense………… can see Monte Kiffin
    written all over him.
    He’s so you and and driven…..I’m hoping he becomes a guy with
    wicked X/O skills AND a guy with top-notch people skills.
    Olsen’s play calling seems to be improving also.
    Maybe these two can do it.

  7. oar Says:

    Aldo, Tomlin was a defensive coordinator for the Vikings. Raheem was never a coordinator. Cardinals hired Wisenhunt before Tomlin was hired in Pittsburgh even though he interviewed with both. I think Arizona just pulled the trigger faster, although his trick/flash plays were highly contrast to the Steelers run game anyways.

  8. oar Says:

    Also, Tomlin didn’t come in an abandon or throw-out-the-window a defensive scheme that was in place and ranked highly for many years. Smart man. Raheem not so much. Heck even Gruden knew better than to change from the Tampa-2.

  9. Jdub Says:

    Oar, I don’t think the Bates Defense was Rheem’s idea. The last few weeks we have seen what Rheem wants to do with the defense. Which is a bigger, meaner Tampa Two that has more looks and blitzes.

  10. oar Says:

    Jdub, Really then whose idea was it? The fly on the wall says………

  11. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Jdub – I’m gonna STRONGLY DISAGREE with that one. Morris is the HEAD COACH while Bates with the Defensive Cooridinator. It was Morris’s team and if he didn’t want to run Bates’s scheme he would have put his foot down like he did with Jagodzinski.

    I’m NOT buying the crap that Raheem was saddled with Bates. He chose Bates, he made his bed and he takes the blame for that crap. Now that Bates is gone and Morris has taken over – kudos to Raheem for the defensive resurgence. It was nice to see the Bucs defense step up from horrible to average.

    Aldo – Oar answered better than I could have.