Raheem Says Cadillac Is First Option On Sunday

October 26th, 2010

Don’t look for bruising, downhill-running, hole-finding, opponent-dragging LeGarrette Blount to start on Sunday in Arizona.

Blount’s job is to get in there and spark the running game if/when Cadillac can’t make anything happen, so said Raheem Morris on The Raheem Morris Show, on WDAE-AM 620 last night.

“Everybody wants to take LeGarrette Blount playing as phasing out Cadillac. These guys both got game balls [Monday]. I told Cadillac and Legarrette Blount both. I said ‘Cadillac is not only a mentor and a great person for LeGarrette Blount to follow and try to be like and mimic, but he’s also part-time his coach.’ He helps him out around the building. These guys help each other out. It’s no different what’s going to happen on Sunday. If Cadillac can’t get anything going in the run game when he’s going out there, then LeGarrette’s job is to go out there and try to pick us up.”

So there you have it. Blount is the clear cut No. 2 guy in Raheem’s mind. The guy who will jump start the running game if Cadillac stalls early, which he has done in every Bucs game outside of the opening series on opening day.

Joe would prefer the Bucs just give Blount the damn ball. Joe suspects good things would happen.

25 Responses to “Raheem Says Cadillac Is First Option On Sunday”

  1. bucfanlostiniowa Says:


  2. McBuc Says:

    Why not start out with a bang, instead of needing a spark? We should start seeing more of Blount each week.

  3. Gary Says:

    Relax guys. I suspect Caddy will have a short leash. Honestly, I expect Caddy to come out and run well because this O-line knows they have to block well for him to keep playing. They all love Caddy and will try to do that. But Blount will come in when Caddy starts slowing down and help us destroy those Cards!

  4. DieHard Bob Says:

    Well said Gary!

  5. javto24 Says:

    Relax people .. LGB will get his carries ..

    Who started last week ?? Caddy
    Who had 3 times as many runs ?? LGB
    I dont think we should plow LGB for 30 runs per game .. Keep him between 15-18 reps so he keeps that edge and POP in his runs.

    Cadillac will have increased production with Blount in the Mix .. I guarantee

    Lets not forget Derrick Ward ran for 1000 yds for a team … But I suspect Brandon Jacobs helped quite a bit

  6. tnew Says:

    Who had one carry in the first half, that we were getting our butts kicked? LaGarrette Blount. News flash to the dream….you don’t have to prove it to us any more, we know Freeman is special, you were right about drafting him, but lets not make him win every game for us. Blount, early, late and often until he proves he isn’t as good as he looks.

  7. gitarlvr Says:

    So I think I will just start tuning in to the game after halftime. That way I can miss the first half drubbing while Raheem explores option #1. But I knew Caddy would still be named the starter. I hope thats just a title to make him feel good and they only give him maybe one series to get it going before turning to Blount.

  8. Dew Says:

    The only thing this tells me is that Rah is a slow learner.

  9. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Dew Says:

    October 26th, 2010 at 1:34 pm
    The only thing this tells me is that Rah is a slow learner.

    Or loyal to a fault.
    Eventually, he’s have to put in Blount. But at least he can no longer make him inactive.

  10. Ash Says:

    Its funny how Caddy used to only be a 1st and 2nd down runner and had to come off on passing downs. Now I want the opposite to happen. Blount on 1st and 2nd and Caddy on 3rd.

  11. Dave Says:

    I think he is saying what he has too because Caddy is the blocker and reciever and is still on this team. Caddy will start and will be in on obvious pasing downs, but I would be very surprised if blount does not get more carries in every game going forward

  12. McBuc Says:

    Starting just means he will be in the first play and listed as the starter. It really does not matter, just give Blount the ball.

  13. New Era Buc Says:

    If last week’s game proved anything, Blount will be getting the majority of the carriers moving forward. This kid could be the future at running back. Looks like another solid move by Mark D.

  14. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Maybe Raheem is just trying to make Arizona game plan for Caddy ? Everyone I know in Tampa wants to see Blount, hopefully we will see lots of him ?

  15. gitarlvr Says:

    I don’t think teams really even need to gameplan around Caddy at all. He pretty much tackles himself.

  16. Jacob Says:

    Cadillac is the starter because we can utilize the full playbook with him in the game and be confident that he’ll do what he’s supposed to do. That will change as Blount becomes more familiar with things, but the people shouting “ALL CARRIES NEED TO GO TO BLOUNT NOW!!!!” are being unreasonable. Blount has to earn the confidence of his coaches and prove to be a complete back to stay on the field.

    I personally would definitely like to see a lot more of Blount on early downs and short yardage with Caddy being the 3rd down back for obvious reasons. But it isn’t always quite so simple.

  17. JimBuc Says:

    How many times have the Bucs come out throwing on 1st down? It might be easier to count the times they have run on first down. Given the heavy passing, even on 1st down, this might make sense.

  18. Nick2 Says:

    Yeah I love the “if/when Cadillac can’t make anything happen.” Its more like isn’t/now or ever again making things happen.

  19. OAR Says:

    What? You mean Blount, after ONE decent game, isn’t the second coming of Alsott?!
    Look I’m excited too, but let’s let Blount get there all in good time.

  20. JDouble Says:

    I think Raheem is playing it right. Blount has said he is comfortable staying at #@ for now and getting better. Why create friction? It doesn’t matter who is labeled as the starter, I’ll bet you Blount gets 3x the carries as Caddie.

  21. pbmbuc Says:

    FWIW,At the start of last night’s MNF game Mike Tirico said that Marion Barber is the “Ceremonial” starter at running back for the Cowboys. And that Felix Jones will get a great deal of work at running back. I think this is how we need to look at this situation. Caddy is the “Ceremonial” starter but Blount will actually get most of the carries. If this proves to be the case for this season then so be it. I got no problem with Caddy being the starter in name only.

  22. BamBamBuc Says:

    I wonder if some of this has to do with the fact that Caddy is in the final year of his contract, and not playing well… so the team is keeping him as starter in name only, and keeping him happy…. maybe happy enough to resign after the year as the 3rd down back for a small paycheck. He’s in the game enough for other teams to look at him and say “Not interested” next year. This way, they keep their experienced veteran 3rd down guy and get Blount in as the starter full time next year with a full off season to work him out. Seems to make a lot of sense, if that’s what they’re doing.

  23. FIRE GREG OLSON! Says:

    gitarlvr Says:
    October 26th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I don’t think teams really even need to gameplan around Caddy at all. He pretty much tackles himself.


    Very true.

  24. tommy Says:

    27 jerseys on sale soon!!! im in

  25. MTM Says:

    Raheem why make stupid statements. Do you really think Arizona is game planning for Caddy after last weeks game. Or the guy (LGB) who ran over most of the Rams. I’ll take the latter.

    Raheem we could all do without the politics. I mean BS.

    Use Caddy for kick off returns. Our return game is very mediocre.