Raheem Regretting Bennett Decision

December 23rd, 2010

After eeking out a win in Washington, the unsung hero of the game was defensive end Michael Bennett, who moved inside to play tackle in the second half when the Bucs brought Skins running back Ryan Torain back to earth.

Torain had Jim Batsed the Bucs in the first half running for about 150 yards.

Raheem Morris praised Bennett’s versatility and effectiveness against Washington’s zone blocking scheme.

But Raheem also went on to say that was sort of a one-shot deal and Bennett would move back to defensive end while fresh off the practice squad Frank Okam would emerge to play against Detroit on Sunday.

Detroit ran the ball well, the Bucs lost, and the rest is history.

Speaking on 1040 AM today, longtime Tampa Tribune beat writer Woody Cummings said Raheem “might have overthunk” himself and “is regretting” the decision on Bennett’s role against Detroit.  

Raheem has been second guessed all over the place after Sunday’s brutal loss. It’s Thursday already and it hasn’t stopped. Joe agrees that it wasn’t Raheem’s best game.

That written, it’s pretty amazing that a debate over using Bennett or Okam at defensive tackle as a key to a game is even happening. Nostradamus couldn’t have predicted that.

6 Responses to “Raheem Regretting Bennett Decision”

  1. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Ok, Raheem made some mistakes, but Tampa is a young team from the head down, and overall he is doing good. Tampa is way ahead of projections for wins/losses. Raheem has had a LOT of injuries, and some terrible calls. I agree, the Detroit game was not his best, especially the Blount situation. But I will be at Tampa Stadium Sunday cheering for my Bucs, and Raheem.

  2. gitarlvr Says:

    Was there, in fact, a “right” decision when considering whether to play Micheal Bennett or Frank Okam at tackle? Isn’t this sort of like deciding between death by hanging or death by guillotine?

  3. Buc You Says:

    What about what Steve White has been saying for the last 10 weeks… its the scheme stupid. And that all is on Raheeeeeeeem.

  4. Pete 422 Says:

    I didn’t see the game. Was Frank Okam horrible or is there potential?

  5. Patrick Says:

    It’s not Tampa Stadium, it’s Raymond James Stadium

  6. Joe Says:


    It’s not Tampa Stadium, it’s Raymond James Stadium

    It’s the CITS!