Raheem The Dream Has “Confidence” In Clayton

March 24th, 2010
It seems Raheem the Dreams confidence in the blocking icon Michael Clayton is soaring.

It seems Raheem the Dream's confidence in the blocking icon Michael Clayton is soaring.

This morning at the NFL owners meetings in Mouseland, all NFC coaches were required to sit at a table at 7 a.m. and have breakfast with the many media scribes attending.

Raheem the Dream, of course, was there.

Maybe since they are used to mid-20th century technology, scant news is filtering out concerning Raheem the Dream.

However, all-around good guy “Backwards Hat,” the stylish Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger, is not afraid of his Blackberry. He has been Twittering some tidbits of what Raheem the Dream had to say. Joe assumes Brown is paraphrasing.

One nugget is that Raheem the Dream hasn’t given up on blocking icon Michael Clayton.

@rickbrown91: I have a lot of confidence in Michael (Clayton).

Joe is assuming Brown is paraphrasing, because other Twitterings Brown used quotation marks for Raheem the Dream. Also, the 140 character limit puts a squeeze on what one can Twitter.

Now Joe understands a coach isn’t going to blow up a player, especially in a relaxed setting like the NFL owners meetings at the crack of dawn. Now Joe isn’t here to crucify the blocking icon. By all accounts he seems like a really good guy. That written, Clayton has run out of excuses long ago.

Last Joe checked, Chucky is long gone so he can’t use Chucky’s tactics as a cop out any longer. Clayton had a helluva game to start the 2009 season against Dallass then reverted to his old ways for the rest of the season.

Joe does know Clayton was battling injuries, but what NFL player doesn’t?

Maybe the time to be big brother to the blocking icon has passed? Maybe it’s time to be like, say, Tuna, and make it clear the blocking icon has to produce or he might be working the produce stand at Publix in the near future.

You know, something other than throwing a block?

18 Responses to “Raheem The Dream Has “Confidence” In Clayton”

  1. sunrisejeff Says:

    Don’t see why this is a surprise Joe…….I’m pretty confident Clayton will drop passes too. Oh wait…..that’s not what he meant???

  2. Brad Says:

    This is so ridiculous I’m at a loss for words. This regime is a joke from Dominik down through the coaches. Glazers wake up before its too late..

  3. Jonny Says:

    OMG Sky is falling. Wake up, wake up people !

  4. d-money Says:

    If a coach is asked about one of his players what is he supposed to say?

    Is he going to say “well i think michael totally sucks and he’ll probably be gone before training camp” ?

    He has to say stuff like that he can’t go around bashing players in the media…no matter how bad they are. Remember last season when he called out players in press conferences? Everyone said he should keep it behind closed doors.

    I have a feeling the whole comment was something like this…

    “I have confidence in Michael but he really has to step up this season and produce…”

    But that isn’t as interesting as taking part of it out of context.

  5. Joe Says:


    If a coach is asked about one of his players what is he supposed to say?

    Joe’s just guessing you didn’t read the entire post.

    As far as taking something out of context, before you start accusing Joe of making sh*t up, you may want to back off from the keyboard. Click on Brown’s Twitter feed and explain to Joe — and his readers — what was taken out of context.

    If anyone is taking anything out of context it’s you.

  6. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    when did 5 catches for 93 yards become ” one helluva game” is the bar really set that low for the Bucs.

    5-6 wins for the Bucs this year! that is if everything goes our way.

  7. Joe Says:


    Joe’s just trying to be fair. Joe remembers Clayton getting hammered on a few catches in traffic that most receivers — him to be precise — would drop.

    He got the hell beat out of him and hung on to the ball. Joe believes that’s a helluva game when you get the snot beat out of you on a few catches but are still able to hang on to the ball.

  8. OAR Says:

    Joe, “You know, something other than throwing a block?” But, what if it’s the block to end all blocks? Or a block so good, it will bring a tear to your eye? LOL!

  9. d-money Says:



    First of all buddy you are way to sensetive. Did my comment say that you took it out of context? You yourself said that backwards hat guy was paraphrasing. That’s who i meant was taking it out of context.

    Get a grip dude.

  10. LaughingCat Says:

    Maybe, since he ddn’t actually use the person’s last name, he was referring to having confidence in:

    Michael Alsott’s ability to be a good name in the community

    Michael Jordan’s commitment to retirement

    Michael Irvin’s ability to get getting into legal trouble, or

    Michael Vick’s new gig on Dog Whisperer.

  11. Joe Says:


    Joe took your comments to suggest Joe was playing loose with Rick Brown’s words.

    If you were not suggesting that, Joe apologizes.

    Yeah, Joe is sensitive when people infer he’s not being on the up-and-up. Lesser sites (such as the formerly environmentally unfriendly colorful Bucs magazine) may, but Joe doesn’t.

    Joe takes a lot of pride in his credibility. The thing about journalism and crediblity is, just like an old editor of Joe’s once told him, “Your credibility is like your virginity. Once you lose it, it’s gone for good.”

    As for Brown, Joe suggested he may be paraphrasing. Brown is a seasoned, respected journalist who Joe respects a great deal. Joe knows there are limitations with Twitter but Joe also knows Brown isn’t a muckraker either.

  12. Joe Says:

    Michael Vick’s new gig on Dog Whisperer.


  13. Louie Says:

    I just hope he meant, “I have confidence in Micheal being cut really soon”.

  14. Chuck Says:

    I am sure I am wrong, but let’s hope if he is not cut that he comes out looking like the stud we all thought he would be…

  15. MTM Says:

    I am sure the Bucs could trade Clayton for a substantial long snapper or holder. With there commitment to excellence. The Bucs will be attempting a lot of long distance field goals this year.
    As much as it pains to say: The Raiders look like they have it together more than the Bucs. Better receivers, defense, running game.

    Thats how bad it gotten.

  16. Mike J Says:

    Clayton’s game gets better the farther & longer he is removed from a football field.(They couldve gotten Devery Henderson for the same money.Of course, he only has a career 19.7 yards per catch average.)
    Joe, I think you meant to say “imply”, not “infer.” You did ask for corrections, did you not?? If not, I apologize.
    What the hell is “Dog Whisperer”?? I got an email about Ginger Lynn’s being on it that meant zilch to me.

  17. drdneast Says:

    Why not call him out and put him on the spot like Morris did with Adams last year. Morris made it seem like the D-lines success started and ended with Adams’ play last year. Clayton is the lockerroom snitch to management is why. I’m sure the other players realize this by now. Gruden put up with his ball dropping for years without cutting him and Clayton rewarded him by stabbing him in the back and blaming him for his ineffectiveness. He said he wanted to be a team leader last year but snuck out of OTA’s early and then sat in the tub during preseason. Some leader. Get rid of this cancer.

  18. BigMacAttack Says:

    Twitter is for Twits. Twitter this….

    The sky is falling. So what, we have Obama care. Big Brother will take care of everything for you. BTW, watch out for those red light cameras. Big bro again.