Rookies Shouldn’t Call Head Coach “Raheem”

April 26th, 2010
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Joe cringes when he hears players — at any level — call their coaches by their first names, especially publicly.

Call Joe old school, but it doesn’t feel right. And it seems like a lack of respect.

So when Joe was in studio on the radio Friday night with Justin Pawlowski, of WDAE-AM 620, interviewing freshly drafted Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price, Joe stopped in his tracks hearing Price refer to his new head coach as “Raheem.”

C’mon. Calling your new coach by his first name 30 minutes after getting drafted? That just ain’t right.

Joe knows Raheem The Dream is a modern-day, young head coach who hangs out with his players, tolerates foul language directed at him and has a more casual protocol. Hey, if it wins games, Joe doesn’t care.

But, given the Bucs are not a winner, Joe thinks Raheem The Dream should demand more respect. Maybe he told Price and other rookies to only call him “Raheem.” Regardless, Joe doesn’t like it.

10 Responses to “Rookies Shouldn’t Call Head Coach “Raheem””

  1. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    I guess to him “raheem” is a sign of respect , because everyone else just calls him Radio.

  2. Tommy Boy Says:

    Joe, you might be making something out of nothing. Price is a high chracter guy so blatant disrespect is extremely out of character. Literally everyone affiliated with the Bucs calls Raheem by his name. I have the feeling he prefers that and even instructs his players to do so. He is the youngest coach in the NFL so maybe he feels “coach” labels him as old school when he isn’t. I respect that you prefer the coach to be referred as such, just don’t harp on it. We finally have some glimmer hope after what appears to be a solid draft so at least let us enjoy the moment a little longer before busting out with the negativity.

  3. bob34229 Says:

    If they win, they can call him Al.

  4. TJ Tillman Says:

    Agree 100 percent Morris is like trying to be there friends but he is suppouse to be there coach. It is like parent trying to hang with his kids and freinds. You think Tomlin is going to party with Big Ben. But If Morris was with Big Ben he would. I just dont think Morris when push comes to shove could not put his foot down. The good thing about this situation is the Players obvisouly did not quit on him but being there Buddy is a dangerous. Do the Correction officers in Jail become friends with inmates ?

  5. Finerdetailz Says:

    I Agree with Tommy Boy. We may have one of the better drafts in a long time. Can we bask in the glory of some positive feedback. If Morris or Raheem as he seems to like to be called will have his time for being called out in the upcoming season but for now let’s throw a little love the Bucs way. I know for even me it’s a change but one worth making… For now.

  6. Eric Says:

    I think it is partly because he has an unusual first name, and he may invite its use when he first meets with these guys. The team played hard for him, so perhaps it aint a big deal.

    BTW, Coach Morris was born on September 3, 1976, a mere nine days before the bucs played their first game at Houston. That means he was three years old when they played in the NFC Championship game in 79!

    Man, am I getting old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Flagg Says:

    I completely agree with Joe on this one. “Familiarity breeds contempt” is a saying I’ve found all too true, and contempt leads to a house divided. I know Morris is trying to be cool with the players, trying to be all buddy-buddy, maybe because he’s not much older than most of them, but the lack of a professional demeanor will produce mediocre results in the field.

  8. George C. Costanza Says:

    If it’s ok w/ coach, no one should have an issue w it. You’re kinda getting on my nerves, Joe.

  9. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    Costanza – C’mon. All Joe’s saying is that Raheem should demand and command more respect.And it’s glaring when it comes from a draftee. Heck, even Joe would call him “coach” if he ran into him today

  10. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Hey Joe

    Whatever you do don’t send an e-mail to the drafted kids twitter account telling them to read JBF!!!

    Imagine McCoy and Williams showing up at Rookie camp and meeting Morris:

    “Hey Coach Radio whasss up!”