Bucs Wash Hands Of D-Line Coach

January 13th, 2011

"I had about enough of that, Wash."

After five games this season, Raheem Morris sarcastically said on live radio that Gerald McCoy needed to learn it was OK to make a tackle in somebody else’s gap. “It’s not illegal,” Raheem said.

That was the day Joe knew defensive line coach Todd Wash’s job was as secure Joe’s belt buckle on Thanksgiving.

How could your big-money draft pick playing cluelessly five games into the season not fall on the position coach’s head?

Wash’s contract is up and he’s not coming back, reports Tom Balog of the Sarasota Herald-TribuneNo surprise after the Bucs reportedly offered a contract to Vikings D-line coach Karl Dunbar days ago.

Obviously, Wash had midseason pickups Al Woods, Frank Okam and Alex Magee ready to play. He deserves a lot of credit for that. But Joe also has to give him a lot of credit for the Bucs getting gashed repeatedly in the run game going back to 2008.

Surely, the Bucs can do better than Wash.

19 Responses to “Bucs Wash Hands Of D-Line Coach”

  1. Gary Says:

    What is Dunbar waiting for, has anyone else offered him something?

  2. oar Says:

    Um, Dunbar is probaly waiting for the Vikings counter-offer? He does have leverage now with the Bucs offer. Besides, I’m not sure if the Vikings want to get rid of a D-line coach that only allowed an avg of 60+ rushing yards a game by opponents over the last three years. I think, if we threw in an assitant defensive coordinator position title (I dont think Raheem is going to give up his play calling and DC duties any time soon) too, he would be more inclined to make up his mind.

  3. Jimmy Says:

    Good riddance you f’ing stiff!

    All right now, everybody all together…

    Steve White … (clap/clap)

    Steve White … (clap/clap)

    Steve White … (clap/clap)

  4. Oahubuc Says:

    Best news I’ve heard all day.

  5. Buc You Says:

    Why would any D-Line coach in their right mind want to coach in Raheem’s defense scheme, knowing that Raheem runs a lot of 3 man line jobbies with no LB support.

    If your job is to stop the run with a 3 man front, due to poorly called schemes by Rah, then your job is not safe. Especially under Rah “always looking for a scapegoat” Morris.

  6. Joe Says:

    Buc You:

    Why would any D-Line coach in their right mind want to coach in Raheem’s defense scheme, knowing that Raheem runs a lot of 3 man line jobbies with no LB support.

    Gee, dunno? Would you rather coach for a team loaded with young talent (where you would get credit for helping develop and thus possibly get a defensive coordinator job down the road) on the upswing with a coach who just had his contract extended in Florida or would you rather coach an aging defensive line on a team on the decline in Minnesota (and get fired shortly and hope you land a college gig in the Midwest).

    Damn, Joe would be torn.

  7. Travis Says:

    ^^^ props Joe, couldnt have said it better myself

    you get to play with new toys (GMac, Price, and likley a 1st round DE)
    yeah, that sounds like something a young coach looking to break into a higher position wouldn’t see as attractive….

    Buc You, you can Buc Off with your cynical questions

  8. Buc You Says:

    What is Dunbar’s twitter handle? I’m gonna forewarn him and tell him to do his DD on Raheem’s poor scheming before he signs on the dotted line.

  9. gotbbucs Says:

    buc you, why dont you just lay low until theres a new head coach and gm in charge of this team. no matter what these guys do it wont be good enough for you. or better yet, get your resume sent in so maybe they’ll consider you for the next head coach.

  10. Buc You Says:


    Because there is nothing else better to do until the off-season starts since we missed the playoffs.

    You should be thanking my ridiculous comments, otherwise there would be nothing but crickets chirping round here.

  11. Buc You Says:

    Who said this: ’Don’t be afraid to achieve and go out there be your best self.’

    That’s what Joel said to Raheem after excersizing his 2 year option on his promise to give him a pay raise should Raheem’s Best Self achieve a home playoff game in 2011.

  12. Buc You Says:

    But this one, this is the quote of the year!


  13. oar Says:

    Quotes are for losers!

  14. Buc You Says:

    Do you think when the owners had their end of year meeting with Raheem, and when they got to the part about the defensive performance, Raheem responded, “Ya know Joel, stats are for losers my man. Pay no attention to the rankings of our run defense.”

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    This is typical Buc You stupidity. An article about Wash leaving (which everyone and their mother wanted to happen), and Buc You has 50% of the posts, all negative toasted Raheem. Are you secretly obsessed with him or something? And please don’t give yourself too much credit, if you were off this board, we would all be fine. We might even be able to have a decent discussion about our team without you screwing it up. Trust me, nobody will miss you.

  16. oar Says:

    Aloha! And “hana hou”!

  17. Dave Says:

    That was the one coach I am glad is gone. The D-Line is young and needs time, but I think Dunbar can do better. He has a great track record from the Vikings. With a year under their belt and with some added DEs and Bennett and McCoy and Miller and Price and Okam and the rest getting better coaching…. they could do a complete 180 next year and become a force.

    They do that and the LBs and DBs should be taking them to some dinners because their jobs just got easier.

  18. gitarlvr Says:

    What about this folks…. How much more likely would the hiring of Dunbar make it that the Bucs also make a play for Vikes free agent DE Ray Edwards?? Much more likely in my opinion. I hope this happens because it could trigger a chain reaction of good things for the Bucs D-line.

  19. BamBamBuc Says:

    I know the Vikes D-line has done well over the years, and had great success against the run…. but how much of that success is attributed to Dunbar? I mean, he’s got Jared Allen, the Williams Wall and Ray Edwards. How much coaching did those guys really need? I have no idea if the guy can really coach up D-linemen or not. He’s had Pro Bowl talent there and they’ve played like Pro Bowl players. They didn’t even play that well this past season. I’m not sure if he’s the guy to go after or not. I’d like to know the guy we bring in has an ability to coach young players and teach them technique and work with them to eliminate bad habits and such. Dunbar hasn’t had to do much of that at all in Minnesota.