Raheem’s Holy Trinity: Brooks, Maddon, Tomlin

January 6th, 2011

Outside the braintrust parked inside One Buc Palace, Raheem Morris has key advisors helping to shape his core beliefs and game preparation.

It’s a big-name threesome working independently to mentor and stimulate the head coach to be his best self, so Raheem explained during his surprise call-in interview to The Dan Sileo Show on WDAE-AM 620 on Tuesday.

Sileo asked Raheem who he reaches out to during the season for advice.

“You’ll be shocked, man,” Raheem said. “I got three that I don’t know if I reach out to them, but we stay in touch with each other.

“Derrick Brooks is one of my biggest supporters. He calls me behind the scenes probably once a week. We talk about things. We talk about the team. We talk about development. You know, it’s kind of ironic. Derrick’s still a part of this family. He still helps me out tremendously through texts, through conversations on the phone, through whatever we need. You know, whether it’s fixing something on defense or just talking about the style of play. We do that all the time.

“Coach Maddon over at the Rays, phenomenal advice, phenomenal when it comes to talking to me about planning and how you’re going to attack the media and the message, and all the things that he gives his team through examples. It’s been unbelievable.

“Mike Tomlin, we talk every Monday. And we kind of go across whatever situation may happen. …And we dream about meeting in Dallas this year. Unfortunately that won’t happen.

“I gotta nice base of people that call me. I gotta nice base of people that I call and reach out to. And not necessarily to be, ‘Oh, woe is me.’ But it’s just about mental toughness and us developing what we want to be and how we want to do it.”

So to summarize:

Brooks helps fix the defense.
Maddon helps package the messaging to the media and the team.
Tomlin acts as a sounding board and offers situational advice.

Not a bad trilogy, Raheem.

Joe hopes the Bucs image/marketing gurus serve up Raheem to the local and national business publications of the world and get a feature story written about the young coach’s management approach. There are so many boring young CEO stories written out there, it’s almost criminal to keep the Raheem way under wraps.

Might even sell some tickets and stimulate confidence among those coveted corporate club-seat buyers.

As for Joe Maddon giving advice, Raheem months ago explained that Madden advised him to push the “Race to 10” message boldly and publicly. Turned out to be sound advice.

Joe hopes Raheem returns the favor and advises Madden not to return B.J. Upton to the leadoff spot anytime soon.

9 Responses to “Raheem’s Holy Trinity: Brooks, Maddon, Tomlin”

  1. dave Says:

    SOunds good. They should get Brooks in to be a LB coach

  2. d-money Says:

    That’s a pretty solid group of people to have as advisors.

  3. espo Says:

    At least you spelled Joe Maddon’s name right towards the end of the article.

    Derrick Brooks will make a great coach here, but he’s destined for far greater things outside of football.

  4. Teddy Says:

    I think Brooks should be brought on-board, but I don’t think he’ll want to put in the 18-20 hours a day that these coaches put in. My guess is that he’ll eventually be brought on-board as some kind of special consultant, and he’ll come and go on the practice field and sidelines during games as he wants. His knowledge and experience would be incredibly valuable, but from what I’ve read, I think he has so many more goals and aspirations than to spend all of his time back at One Buc.

  5. Will Says:

    Madden is spelled differently a few times. What is correct??

  6. ARMY BUC Says:

    Dave hit the nail on the head! I have been saying this ever since they let Brooks go, LB COACH!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. MrGone Says:

    For all you fans of Derrick Brooks who want him as LB coach, He’s said publicly at least a few times that he does NOT want to be an NFL coach. Derrick is someone with a lot going for him and he has a few irons in the fire. His aspirations are more political. So maybe you’ll be able to vote for him someday, but you won’t see him putting in the long hours required of a coach in the NFL.

  8. OB Says:

    Derrick is like all people, give him the right opportunity and circumstances and he will take it. Again I don’t know anything about the present LB coach, so it would not be right for me to say anything about him, but 55 coaching anything to do with the defense or selecting talent is good for everyone concerned. Maybe Assistant Defensive Coordinator?

  9. lightningbuc Says:

    Ask Mike Singletary and Jack Del Rio about how easy it is to coach after having a good career as an NFL linebacker. Having been a good player doesn’t automatically translate into being a good coach.