Raheem Calls Bulletin Board A “Myth”

November 5th, 2010

In theory, players go out and play their absolute best — mentally and physically — on every play.

In reality, that doesn’t happen. So players need motivation, coaching and everthing possible to help them achieve maximum performance.

eye-RAH! Kaufman, the Tampa Tribune NFL writer, penned a story today that takes on the topic of Raheem inciting Bucs opponents with his “best in the NFC” comment. Among other things, Kaufman dredged up one of the great Warren Sapp quotes of all time.

The Panthers stirred up controversy with the Bucs in 2003 when Brentson Buckner declared teammate Kris Jenkins was a better defensive tackle than Warren Sapp, saying, “Kris can revolutionize the position. Sapp did it, but Kris is a new breed.”

Sapp’s reply to Buckner?

“Don’t throw rocks at the throne.”

Seven years later, Morris finds himself in Atlanta’s crosshairs.

“We’re always bringing up the bulletin-board stuff … that’s like a myth,” Morris said Thursday. “I’ve never seen Ronde Barber play harder because somebody said something negative about him. Your Sunday game day comes from within — it has nothing to do with what somebody said about you.”

As for Morris calling the bulletin board stuff a “myth,” Joe doesn’t buy it. That stuff matters on some level. It shouldn’t, but it does.

Considering Ronde Barber himself has talked about how naysayers on and off the field have motivated him through his career, Joe buys Raheem’s comment even less.

12 Responses to “Raheem Calls Bulletin Board A “Myth””

  1. George C. Costanza Says:

    Oh yeah? Remember when the Jets won their first Super Bowl and Joe Willie “guaranteed” they’d beat the Colts?

    I agree with Coach.

  2. Ash Says:

    How many “news stories” can we have on bulletin board material over a 2 week timeframe?

  3. Troxell8t8 Says:


    Just curious, to what level do you think it matters? To me, a player I don’t believe will study harder, watch film closer, or have a burst of energy from “bulletin board” material. I’m not so sure Coach Smith and his staff would somehow work harder because of what Raheem said. Again, just curious.

  4. JDouble Says:

    I think the back and forth might have an effect the first few plays or even the whole first quater if it really pushed thier buttons, but eventually they just get into the game and that stuff all goes out the window.

    I doubt it really effects the game much.

  5. bucfanjeff Says:

    Wasn’t it a JoeBucsFan article that Raheem says the reason Ronde has played good for so long is because he was drafted in the third round and people saying he can’t do it anymore? Is that not “wallpaper”?

  6. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Heck Yes it matters. Players read too, they even read these Blogs. There can be a considerable amount of trash talking at football games.

  7. Sensiblebuc Says:

    Coach Rah is absolutely correct. “Bulletin board” has no effect whatsoever on the way the game’s played on GAME day.

    However, Coach failed to mention, intentionally or not, that it most certainly has an effect on preparation leading up to a game. Football season is freakin LONG and this is the part of the season where the general malaise of having the same schedule week in and week out can affect how hard you study, practice, and mentally prepare for the a game. Any extra bit of motivation players can derive from any outside stimulus (trash talking, divisional rivalry, playoff implications, hatred of the other team) is fuel for the fire.

    Rah answered the question perfectly. Hes saying, “There is no bulletin board material because nothing outside our building affects what we do. He means, “we’re not going to let anybody get in our heads. We’re going to play our game.

  8. New Era Buc Says:

    Bulletin board material is extremely overrated. But for the people that due believe, with all the Roddy White chest pounding this week its all a wash now

  9. Fire Greg Olson! Says:

    It depends on what kind of player the trash talk is aimed at. I can see Sapp getting a little extra out of it because of the huge ego he played with (spoken as a compliment).

    But, D Brooks said on Monday or Tuesday that that’s a non-factor. Which I can also see as plausible because of Brooks’ professionalism.

    If the Roddy White’s trash talk made Talib spend some more time in the film room, then it most certainly did work….for the Bucs.

  10. Capt.Tim Says:

    Ronde was affected to the point that he worked harder and studied harder in the off season. In that way, yes, it can affect you. The only other way is if a team let’s it get under their skin, to the point of being a distraction. Which, oddly, seems to be happening in Atlanta. They seem truly distracted by this, which is a good thing!

  11. oar Says:

    “Football season is freakin LONG” But, goes by so freakin fast! Doesn’t it? Here it is half way through, sucks!

  12. gitarlvr Says:

    Bulletin board is a complete myth. Any player who doesnt already go all out in every game is not going to take it to another level cuz someone talked smack about them. If they don’t play at that highest level in every game already its because they don’t have it.