“It’s A Lot Better Than It Was From Last Year”

October 18th, 2010

Pressured for answers to the Bucs’ ineffective running game during his news conference today, Raheem Morris wouldn’t cast a finger of blame and, in fact, he said the Bucs’ rushing attack looks improved on film than it did in 2009.

“It’s a lot better than it was from last year,”  Morris said of the running game. “The chances you do have to make plays, you’re not making them. There are some positives with our team happening with the running game.”

Morris went on to say the Bucs’ running failures fall equally on the line and running backs.

Morris was very pleased with the Bucs’ pass blocking and had specific praise for Jeremy Zuttah, Donald Penn and Davin Joseph. “At the end of the day, we didn’t get our quarterback touched,” Morris said.

Joe  has to wonder, if the running game looks better than it did last year, as Raheem said, then why did the Bucs bring back Cadillac Williams for 2010?

28 Responses to ““It’s A Lot Better Than It Was From Last Year””

  1. Travis Says:

    What film is Raheem watching? I cant remember seeing a team that averaged 2.5 ypc from its lead back EVER

  2. Nick2 Says:

    Raheem what game were you watching??? And this is not a one game occurence!!!We are ranked near the bottom of the league in rushing if we aren’t at the VERY BOTTOM. How much worse can we be? Raheem do you really want us to believe we have a better running game????No Josh Freeman is better but our running game is terrible. Its statements like these that make me think we have the wrong head coach!! What is this guy smoking?????????

  3. Buc You Says:

    There he goes again, blaming the players. That is a fast track to putting a coach in the dog house. Keep blaming the players Raheem.

    How about you stop running a HB who has two bad knees!

  4. Buc You Says:

    You know what, Josh Freeman, Mike Williams, Kellen Winslow, Stroughter, and the opposing teams QBs throwing pick 6’s are the only people that were keeping this team afloat during that 3-1 stretch. DESPITE Raheem’s poor defensive play calling.

  5. eric Says:

    Positive thinking is a good thing. Delusional thinking is not.

    He did admit the effort was lacking. Super Bowl Champs and Division rival in your house and effort is lacking?????????????????


  6. sensiblebuc Says:

    If Rah is talking about a straight comparison of production this he’s takes a loss on this excuse. The production thus far has been pitiful no matter who’s running the ball.

    However, if he’s referring to the scheme itself in terms of cohesiveness, then, yes, it is leaps and bounds better. More power run schemes, less zone blocking is what we need as an offense…we just havent been able to produce within it unfortunately.

  7. JimBuc Says:

    Joe — how about the traffic increase around here following a loss? Yowza!! 50-60 comments on one thread, dozens on another!! Wow! Eric is back, Buc You (aka a RahDom, Jankier or one of those guys) is posting like crazy! Lot’s of traffic and ommentary after a loss.

  8. Lou Soscia Says:

    Move over Joe Madden of the Rays , a new spinmeister is in town. Raheem is giving you a lot of competition.

  9. jsn2001 Says:

    It’s great that the players are spending so much time in the “film room”.
    It seems like the players have to find their own techniques and problems.
    I believe the problems are all coaching and leadership.
    The head coach is learning. The defensive coordinator is learning. The offensive coordinator is learning.
    WHO is doing the teaching ? Who with experience is choosing the players?
    Why would any coach say that their #1 running back is primarily in there to protect the quarterback?
    They all need to be replaced with proven coaches.

  10. admin Says:

    Joe here — JimBuc, actually a loss doesn’t mean more traffic, only more comments. Slightly more traffic after a win.

  11. bucfanjeff Says:

    We don’t have any RB’s. I wanted to see Huggins, his YPC was high due to his speed. He’s gone. We know what we have in Caddy, nothing, so we might as well look at Lumkin and Blount. I know Blount is big but he was cut from the Titans for a reason. Still, I want to see him with an increased roll. We need to find out which RB’s we keep for next year.

  12. eric Says:

    Whether they are less confused with the ofense the dream installed last year or not they still can’t run the damn ball. I love how the dream considers improvement changing a system that he presided over. Naturally, no measurable improvement exists.

    I am a little tired of the big caddy cut back move into the center of the line where all the defenders are waiting.

    Of course thats better than the other teams fourth stringer bursting through like Eric Dickerson.

  13. JimBuc Says:

    Interesting Joe, thanks. So more people come to read after a win, more people come to comment after a loss. Wow. A loss is like a hater homecoming!

  14. McBuc Says:

    Jimbuc, you beat me to it…Welcome back haters, we missed you. If we win next week I guess we will not hear from you guys for a while. The game sucked for sure, but there are plenty more games to play. Eric, try measuring against lasts year’s first five games…I think you will notice an improvement.

  15. eric Says:


    I prefer Inglourious basterds.


    In some areas yes. Freeman for sure. Other areas such as rush defense and rush offense no, perhaps regression. Pass rush surely worse. But three wins is better although weaker schedule and some very good luck. The Saints game of 31-6 remarkably similar to last years 38-7 debacle.

  16. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    38-7=31,31-6=25. so we gained 6 points from last year, this must be the progress we keep hearing about am I right?

  17. MTM Says:

    The running attack works if you have good blocking. The Bucs don”t have even decent blocking. If you don”t have good blocks then they need a bigger back to break some tackles. Freeman is not the problem. Very bad defense and poor O-line blocking are. The minute those 2 problems are resolved. they will win. It is frustrating to listen to the head coach constantly dance around the problems. I would have more respect for Raheem if he would just tell it like it is. And maybe his players would too.

  18. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Hey JimBuc have you noticed the OBVIOUS absence of head cheerleader Captain Tina? The great Buc’s oracle who said that the Bucs beat the Bengels running game last week?

    Maybe someone should call Tampa General and ask if there were any Kool-Aid OD’s admitted on Sunday.

  19. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Hey Joe, maybe dominik can call Dallas and work out a trade for Penn – Trade Penn to Dallas for their 2nd round pick this year – it looks like it may be pretty high!

  20. eric Says:

    Remember the days when we used to put the ass-whippings on the other teams? One particular Super Sunday against the raiders in particular…………………….

    But, were dynasty building. This guy is gonna take us right to the top!

    Get beat 69-19 at home last two and people are talking progress!

  21. Buc You Says:

    Eric, how may rushing yards have we given up in each game this season?

    What is the average? What is the avg YPC?


  22. JimBuc Says:

    Mr. Lucky, I have no idea where the good Captain is. You might notice that I posted several times last week that the Bucs were due for a rough patch. You cannot be last against the run and no pass rush and win consistently. Moreover, having a lot of interceptions with no pass rush speaks more to bad QB play than good secondary. The Bucs are improving, but just remember they are very much a work in progress. Rookies everywhere and weak in the trenches.

  23. eric Says:

    Under the guidance of Raheem Morris we are giving up an average of 157 yards per game and an average of 5.3 yards per carry.

  24. eric Says:

    There is some improvement to report:

    last year we gave up 158.2 yards a game. This years 157 is an “improvement” of 1.2 yards.

    Alas, the yards per carry has gone up from 4.8 to 5.3.

  25. Buc You Says:

    Still 11 games remaining. Raheem will have to adjust. Maybe we all should just be happy that we can at least challenge the bottom 10 teams in the league. Maybe we should be content.

    Steven Jackson and his offensive line is salivating over the game film this week however. 3 down linemen, tiny linebackers, over pursuing safeties……… GRAVY TRAIN.

  26. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Maybe seeing the Bucs like this is what drove TJ to smoke weed?

  27. Joe Says:

    Maybe seeing the Bucs like this is what drove TJ to smoke weed?


  28. passthebuc Says:

    Morris is too busy being a friend vs. being a coach. One of these days he will need to step up and put it out there in black and white.

    On another note, I think a mistake has been made on our no. one draft selection. After watching for 4 games I believe he is not strong enough to play the middle. If they do not want a bust on their hands, they will need to move him to end. Price should take his place. Price gets lower and causes more disruption. McCoy might need to shed pounds to around 275 to play end but he has the speed and athleticism.

    If they are not going to use Graham as a running back, I say trade him for a middle line backer. Ruud is getting worse every week. He never plugs the gap and hits like a kicker.

    We are going to get worse as the season goes on without a pass rush or a run defense. The word is already out, just run the ball and you will win.