Raheem Will Keep Calling Defenses

January 5th, 2011

Now that he’s Coach of the Year, Raheem Morris has no plans to step back from his defensive coordinator duties and play only the role of CEO/spiritual leader/miracle worker of the Bucs.

Speaking on WDAE-AM 620 on Monday evening, Raheem explained his feelings in no uncertain terms in response to a fan question.

“I probably will at some point be able to name some type of defensive coordinator. But, you know, as far as calling it, and the gameday procedures, I don’t think I’d want to head coach and not do that right now. You know at some point maybe I’ll be JoPa, and I’ll be able to stand on the sidelines and go back to my management days. But right now I’m enjoying it too much. We’re having way too much fun with putting our plans together and going out there and really executing what we want to get done,” Raheem said.

“We got so much room for improvement and so many things we can do to get better. … I wish I could play tomorrow. … I look forward to getting some of these guys back off IR and really being excited about it again.”

Of course, Raheem’s defense was gashed in the running game this season and rarely got pressure on the quarterback without a blitz, but still it managed to finish ninth in the NFL in points allowed at 19.9. Bodes very well for next season, assuming the many wounded Bucs heal well and Ronde Barber returns.

Joe has to take a moment to pat Raheem on the back for having the guts to take calls from fans on live radio for the second consecutive season. Although calls are screened (but seemingly not too heavily this season) very few NFL coaches open themselves up to that kind of thing.

Kudos to the anti-Chucky.

17 Responses to “Raheem Will Keep Calling Defenses”

  1. bucfanjeff Says:

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
    Add more draft talent (specifically DE’s and a thumper in the middle-though keep Ruud for mentoring) and you have one helluva team.

  2. d-money Says:

    Yes Joe Kudos to Raheem for having the balls to take calls but I hate listening to those call in shows.

    It always sounds like the dudes are just sitting around trying to think of the dumbest thing that they can call about. It reminds me of the old Chris Farley skit on SNL.

    Caller:Hey um coach you remember um uh that one time when um Joe er I mean Josh um Freeman scored a uh touchdown?

    Raheem: Yeah

    Caller: Yeah um that was really cool.

    then Raheem just tries to be nice and answers the question like it isn’t the dumbest f…ing thing hes ever heard.

  3. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @d-money – Will give you that three out of four callers are ridiculous. It’s not the easiest listening. And I really don’t get the format of breaking down the game from start to finish for the first half hour. That’s got to have a lot of people tuning out.

  4. Formerbuc Says:

    Any of you watch the Greg Olsen press conference? If you do, watch dude’s hair. They photo-shopped in this moving box in the background that makes it appear he has more hair. It follows with his head as he moves around.

    Can’t believe anything you see anymore! Don’t you start doing that crap Joe! Keep it real!

  5. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @formerbuc – Don’t worry. Joe has not time for such silliness. 🙂

  6. Matt Says:

    Was he actually named COTY???? Or were you just speaking on what SHOULD be announced????

  7. Dave Says:

    Raheem and Dominick and Freeman…. It would appear this franchise is in good hands for many years. Who knew?!? I gave them the benefit of the doubt and time to prove themselves, but did not see any of this coming.

    I am glad he is going to call the plays. The defense needs work and players. They do not need another person making decisions right now.

  8. SkookumSmitty Says:

    I want an answer to MATT’s question…Had not heard. Has he ACTUALLY been named CotY?

    Also, D-Money: Most call in radio is like that, especially when the ‘guest’ is famous. Only about one percent of listeners ever call in, and they tend to be the ‘special’ listeners.

  9. jackson5 Says:

    He has a DC. His name is Jimmy Lake.

  10. JD Says:

    I miss the Chris Farley show

  11. Jonny Says:

    I like how Joe takes a lot of time to answer questions he has no good answer for.

  12. Teddy Says:

    Or, maybe, Jonny, Joe has one of those J-O-B thingys that is keeping him from monitoring our idiotic comments every waking moment.

  13. gitarlvr Says:

    The callers to call in radio sound about as intelligent as the guys who post comments on internet blogs 🙂

  14. Leighroy Says:

    I think Joe was referring to Domink voicing his opinion the other day. Also Adam Schein has said as much. Nothing official has been announced yet tho

  15. Jonny Says:

    @Teddy, what are you Joe’s mom or his dog? Read the first line of the article (“Now that he’s Coach of the Year”). I am sure at least 50% of the readers thought official CoY decision was announced and Raheem won it.

    Obviously someone wants to know what Joe’s sources are and Joe has not responded to it as fast as he responded to some trivial ones. Why are you getting butthurt when I get a little critical of Joe? From criticism comes accountability and obviously you do not seem to understand that.

  16. Teddy Says:

    Jonny, I didn’t think you were being critical. Just ignorant.

  17. Jonny Says:

    @Teddy: So now you understand how much more work you need at reading comprehension.