Florio Wants Bucs To “Pull Plug” On Raheem

December 16th, 2009
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com has called for Raheem the Dream to walk off into the Florida sunset once the season is finished.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com has called for Raheem the Dream to walk off into the Florida sunset once the season is finished.

The wolves are beginning to gather at Raheem the Dream’s door.

Fans have already lit their torches.

Will Raheem the Dream survive? (Does he even want to survive?) The great Mike Florio, creator, curator and overall guru of ProFootballTalk.com doesn’t believe so.

Though Florio is a child of new media, as much as he would like to protest it, he’s now a MSMer. Think not? Than why did he make weekly in-studio appearances on NBC during the college football season?

Florio is also an employee of NBC. It doesn’t get much more MSM than the peacock.

So count Florio as the first member of the MSM — to Joe’s knowledge — to call for Raheem the Dream to be fired.

Despite a couple of decades of humiliation, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently are on track to have their worst season since entering the league winless in 1976. And since the NFL played only 14 games in 1976, the Bucs could be setting a single-season franchise record for futility, if they lose to the Seahawks, Saints, and Falcons.

So why isn’t first-year coach Raheem Morris on the hot seat?

Though some members of the local media are rousing rabble, Morris has escaped (for now) the unblinking red eye of the national press, due largely to the perception that the Glazers are less concerned about winning football games than they are about saving money.

At some point, though, Morris must be accountable. He hired offensive and defensive coordinators that he already has thrown overboard — a sure sign of dysfunction, poor judgment, and/or disloyalty. Besides, the team stinks. With each passing week, Packers coach Mike McCarthy should actually be on the hot seat for actually losing to this team.

But if the Glazers are inclined to keep Morris around simply because they don’t want to finance another buyout, they should simply reassign him to defensive coordinator, and hire someone who’s truly ready to be a head coach.

Morris wasn’t, and the folks in Tampa need to demand that the absentee landlords running the franchise do something to rectify the situation.

Unlike a lot of fans, Joe has bit his tongue at times regarding Raheem The Dream (sans calling out defrocked defensive coordinator Jim Bates) all through the brutal Bucs season.

Joe kept looking for feint glimpse of hope. Perhaps that’s evident in an improved defense (despite losing to three straight second-string quarterbacks in three weeks). Yet Joe, a journalist, has tried to be reasoned in his view of the Bucs loss after loss after loss after loss after loss after loss after loss after loss after loss after loss after loss after loss.

But the offense was so horrid last week, so pathetic, so impotent, so rudderless though the Bucs have a number of very talented players, Joe has begun to rethink his stance.

Let’s just say at the very least, Joe thinks there needs to be a new offensive coordinator, for no other reason than to save Josh Freeman from becoming the bust Joe initially thought he may become.

6 Responses to “Florio Wants Bucs To “Pull Plug” On Raheem”

  1. Finerdetailz Says:

    Not only do I agree with demoting Raheem thev Dream but if the Glazers want to really save money, have them get on their knees and beg Chucky to come back. I have to believe with this offense with AB and K2 he could score at least a td a game..

  2. safety Says:

    I guess I think it’s bizarre that Rah would be bored as head coach. He’s seemed fired up as DC.

    I like Rah and, even considering how much has gone wrong outside of his control this season, I think he’s good for our team and our players.

    Maybe the best move is to make him the DC. [sigh]

  3. lightningbuc Says:

    C’mon Joe! You say “at the very least, Joe thinks there needs to be a new offensive coordinator.” Duh! But Greg Olsen wasn’t hired to be an OC. Both coordinators Rah hired have flamed out. The new O-line coach he hired has made what was supposed to be one of the Bucs few bright spots into an average/below average O-line. If the Glazers had input on the hiring of these coaches then that’s one thing, but if Dominik/Morris made these hires then it is obvious they are in way over their heads, and their heads need to be chopped! Even if they somehow won 2 more games, I find it hard to believe they would have a season ticket base of more than 30K next year.

  4. Wayne Says:

    Have to agree with lightningbuc’s assessment. The only thing I dissagree with is on the ticket fan base of more than 30K. If the Glazers keep the duo of Dominik/Morris next year that fan base will be around 20K, Tops.

  5. Chuck Says:

    I have read that Morris did not get the OC or DC he originally wanted. There also was not many out there.

  6. BucFan South Tampa Says:

    Fire them all and start over…Debartolo needs to seal the deal with the Glazers and get this team back on track. I am a four year season ticket fan, and that last game was pathetic. Prob wont be back next year until we have an ownership that cares about winning a Superbowl again and not flushing our money to Man U. If the Bucs are losing my wife and I, then they have lost this town. Our town does not deserve this crap they (owners, coaches and yes.. players) are putting on the field.