Raheem Calls Pass Blocking “Outstanding”

September 15th, 2010

The Bucs’ defensive mastermind/head coach was very pleased the way the manbeasts along his offensive line protected Josh Freeman on Sunday.

Speaking on the Buccaneers Radio Network on WDAE-AM Monday, Raheem Morris wasn’t asked about pass blocking by host and noted Twitterer TJ Rives, but the head coach felt the need to interject  some love for his O-line.

“Usually these guys, the only time you notice them is when something goes wrong, your breakdown in protection, it’s something obvious that we can all see with the naked eye where it goes wrong. But the protection, blocking wise, as far as the offensive line yesterday was outstanding,” Morris said. “They had three sacks, but two of them were not the fault of the offensive line. You know, whether we missed a hot throw, or whether we got held on a route and it wasn’t called so [Freeman] had to hold the ball in his hand.

“But protection, knowing who to block and where to go, you want to talk about being on the same page; those guys were great.”

Joe’s glad to hear how great the O-line looked on film in pass protection.

But it makes Joe wonder just how bad they looked on run blocking since the Bucs are considering replacing left guard Keydrick Vincent with Jeremy Zuttah.

18 Responses to “Raheem Calls Pass Blocking “Outstanding””

  1. Gary Says:


    You say that the name calling and nicknames have stopped, but then you keep calling Rah “defensive mastermind” which we all know you mean sarcastically, so whats the deal? Either keep the name calling or not, but don’t act like you’ve turned a page and then underhandedly keep calling him that.

    **This is Joe. Gary you are not correct. And please explain to Joe what is “underhanded” here. You are way out of line.

  2. BigMacAttack Says:

    Bears try out five wideouts

    Posted by Mike Florio on September 15, 2010 7:08 AM ET

    As expected, the Bears brought in former first-round receiver Michael Clayton on Tuesday for a workout.

    Trade Stovall……

  3. Matt Says:

    1) The pass blocking was not ‘outstanding’. Maybe ‘good’, at best.
    2) If it was, why would you need to replace Vincent (a better run blocker) with Zuttah (a better pass blocker).

  4. bucfanjeff Says:

    It was pretty good. Browns is a mini-version of the Jets defense (in scheme of course, not players). They brought the heat many times and High 5 and the OL did a good job of pointing out protections and getting it done.
    They were daring Freeman to beat us through the air – and he did.

  5. bucfanjeff Says:

    *beat them

  6. Matt Says:



  7. McBuc Says:

    I agree with Jeff. It is hard to tell from a fans point of view, but both Morris and Olsen have come out and praised the play of the O line. We need out TEs and RBs to block better. Freeman seems to have learned not to throw the forced ball, but he needs to learn when to throw it away as well, which he did on some plays. I agree with Joe from past articles, it is not the o-line only that cause the running game to sputter, and the pick up of two new last week, as well as Huggins seems to say the coaching staff agrees too. Great backs make things happen.

  8. sensiblefan Says:

    @ Joe

    I think it would be a mistake to put Zuttah back in there at LG. He simply doesn’t have enough rocks in his pocket to be effective in a power blocking scheme.

    The most damning bit of evidence recently? Zuttah, not EG is the reason EG fumbled on the goalline. He got absolutely jacked up by Matt Roth from the Browns, allowed penetration and EG ran into the back of him causing the fumble. Roth is a freaking linebacker and he had his way with him. Imagine what Shaun Rogers would’ve done to him.

  9. sensiblefan Says:

    The EG fumble clip: http://www.nfl.com/videos/tampa-bay-buccaneers/09000d5d81a7b982/Browns-defense-fumble-recovery

  10. sensiblefan Says:

    *power running scheme

    Jeebus I’m off today.

  11. McBuc Says:

    I think they said they are thinking of rotating Zuttah in on third down and long, when everyone knows we are going to pass.

  12. sensiblefan Says:

    @ McBuc

    While plausible that doesn’t seem very practical. Having a 3rd down…guard? Give Vincent a few more games to jell with the rest of the line and if he can’t then fully commit to Zuttah if you believe he gives you the best chance having a successful offense. Having a spot rotation at LG stunts the growth of the entire O-line unit IMO.

  13. oar Says:

    As a once meager bad guy, I disagree. Although Zuttah got jacked up, Graham looked like he had it when he ran into Zuttah and 43 on the Browns knocked it out. We were lucky Brown’s Barton didn’t run that fumble back to the endzone for a td.

  14. McBuc Says:

    Sensible…I pretty much agree, I am just pointing out that they never said Zuttah was going to take over right away or full time, it just seems to have spun that way on the blogs.

  15. Spirit of '76 Says:

    If you must add Zuttah back into the offense, use him where he can use his greatest assets. He’s supposed to be our most nimble lineman. Use him as the fullback on the goal line. Now is everyone happy?

  16. Capt.Tim Says:

    Morris was satisfied with the OLine play Sunday??!? Wow! Now I’m starting have doubts about him and Olsen!

  17. BigMacAttack Says:

    I think Raheem meant to say the Cold Beer was outstanding and the blocking was a little warm.

  18. Jdouble Says:

    I rewatched the game twice, and honestly Freeman’s sacks were his own fault. We really did pass block very well on Sunday.

    Run blocking…not so much.