Raheem Morris Wants Barrett Ruud Back

May 24th, 2011

Bring up the name “Barrett Ruud” and many Bucs fans slam their beer down so violently and scream obscenities so loudly they are thrown out of they’re neighborhood bar.

To hear these same Bucs fans bellow, Ruud is such a disgrace to the NFL he should be shopping for feminine products.

But NFL insiders and those that played the game, from Pat Kirwan to Steve White, from Tim Ryan to Derrick Brooks explain in great detail why Ruud is as important a cog to the success of the Bucs defense as any player strapping on a chin strap.

Count Bucs coach Raheem Morris in the latter group. In speaking with video star Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune this morning, Morris explained how both Ruud and Cadillac Williams are key targets to re-sign with the Bucs.

“First of all, you mentioned two guys with great character,” Morris said. “Two leaders in our community and two guys that gave us great service throughout their time and hopefully it can continue.

“We’ll get a chance to sit down when all the collective bargaining agreement stuff is solved. We’ll get a chance to find out if we can have both of those guys back on our football team, the two guys that we know we’ll have in free agency right now. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Now whether the Bucs can retain both Ruud and Williams is another story.

As this notorious, asinine lockout drags on in large part thanks to NFL hatchetman Roger Goodell, Williams will continue to be the object of desire by the Rams and Ruud will (wisely) continue to work out with the eastern European hotties of the WTA.

67 Responses to “Raheem Morris Wants Barrett Ruud Back”

  1. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Nothing like getting the day started (my day at least) with a little Barrett Ruud talk, lol. Joe, you should follow it with an Aqib Talib article.

  2. Chris FWC :) Says:

    Rudy Carpenter has been working out with Bradford in Cali. 🙂

  3. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    If rah rah thinks ruud is great, and you sheep believe that rah rah is honest and knows what he is doing, then shouldn’t you sheep be agreeing that ruud is great? The only way to get to ruud being bad for this team is to call in to question the H C. Who saw the st Pete times article re the Glazers looking to move the bucs. I thought that London home game switch was odd is you care about your fan base long term.

  4. Joe Says:

    Who saw the st Pete times article re the Glazers looking to move the bucs.

    You might want to provide a link to that one Thomas.

  5. espo Says:

    I think Ruud should play football (either one) in Eastern Europe

  6. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Who saw the st Pete times article re the Glazers looking to move the bucs.”


    Thomas might be confusing it with his favorite source, “Fieldgully’s”. It’s where he gets all of his amazing insight and scouting prowess.

  7. Joe Says:

    Thomas may want to cough up that link or confess he dreamed it up. Posting that kind of BS rumor is begging to get run.

    That’s beyond the pale.

  8. McBuc Says:

    Maybe it was from ‘draftnuts”…

  9. OAR Says:

    Or just plain NUTS!

  10. dan Says:


    this may be the article he was talking about joe. it reads like crap to me.

  11. Dave Says:

    Where exactly does it say he “WANTS RUUD BACK” the way you imply?

    Sure, I want him back too, as a 1 million a year guy in a backup role coaching up McKenzie and Foster.

    Back as a starter making over 5 million per….. no thanks

    Joe here – Dave, it’s right in the quote that Raheem hopes Ruud returns.

  12. McBuc Says:

    Dan, I think you are right, but it hardly a source much less a good one. Thanks for finding it though.

  13. dan Says:

    here is the original article that is quoted in my first post http://www.opposingviews.com/i/nfl-how-long-before-jaguars-chargers-bills-lions-bucs-relocate

  14. McBuc Says:

    This is speculation from a blogger…

  15. Vic Says:

    @Dave @McBuc — it says right on Raheem’s quote above that “hopefully it can continue.” That’s pretty clear. Lotta people with a hardon for Joe today.

  16. McBuc Says:

    Vic, I am not refering to the bloggers known as Joe, I am talking about the yahoo that says the Bucs may be leaving based on Talib and the Man U team. Thomas is trying to act like the St Pete Times reported the Glazers are looking to move them. Dan simply found the article Thomas was asked to spit up by Joe…Joe knows I do not bash my favorate team or my favorate web site. You must not have read all the above comments.

  17. Espo Says:

    If the Bucs relocate, I relocate.

  18. McBuc Says:

    Vic, I can see why you thought that, I must have hit the enter key at the same time as Dave…

  19. McBuc Says:

    Now, back to trhe article. I agree that Morris wants Ruud back, and I agree that he should want Ruud back. I side with all of the pris outside of Ian that say he does a good job in the TB system.

    Dave, he may not have come right out and said it, but he sure did imply it.

  20. dan Says:

    Every day the lockout stays in place is more money we will be willing to pay Ruud. besides foster is more likely to fit at Will than Mike

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    Good call Espo.

  22. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Sorry guys I saw it on the St Pete Times online newspaper. I am on the iphone and its difficult to paste links but i will try.

  23. Joe Says:

    OK, thanks Dan.

    Thomas wasn’t making it up and actually Tom Jones cited a truly POS article.

    Just some clown with zero — and Joe means absolutely zee-ROE! — information, sources or numbers.

    The guy doesn’t get into the lease Team Glazer has with The CITS or the sweetheart deal of a lease, etc.

    Thomas: Word of caution: If you are going to source something that was in the Times (or Tribune) about a subject that inflammatory, please at least cite the author or wait until you get home so you can post the URL link, ‘kay? Thanks. man.

  24. BigMacAttack Says:

    Days like this were made for fresh grouper. Sorry Bucs, on second thought, I ain’t moving anywhere. And Go Lightning!!!

  25. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    I dont know about the credibility or lack thereof of the source. I assume either do you guys.I was shocked how soft JBF was on this Glazer robbery of the home game- just think of all the game day personnel in this area that lost 1/10th of their income.

    To pull a stunt like that, they dont care about public perception- unusual for a nfl team/owner. Why? They are up to something. Virtually no big money long term contracts for players or coaches, huh.

  26. dan Says:

    im pretty sure the article, crap though it was, never said the Glazers were looking to move the team… just that this guy thought character issues which the bucs have ‘abandonned as a cause might ‘drive’ the bucs out of town. a premise that is, rediculous, (look at Dallas)

  27. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Well joe, if the Times was comfortable including it in their paper, I dont think that it is a stretch to mention it in a blog, particularly when I mention the publication. It isnt like this is an off-limits subject after ownership strips the community of a home game for a couple of bucks.

  28. Joe Says:

    Why? They are up to something. Virtually no big money long term contracts for players or coaches, huh.

    LOL (facepalm) LOL

  29. BigMacAttack Says:

    Thomas, when you read between the lines everything is crystal clear. When you read the lines, everything gets fuzzy. You might want to stick to the TV or Radio.

    The only thing the Glazer Boys are up to is:
    1. How to win a Super Bowl;
    2. How to make their next Billion $$$.

    Joe’s right. Jeeerrrry just spent over a $Billion$ to build a new stadium. The Glazers haven’t spent a dime. It’s pretty much a no brainer for the immediate future.

  30. Joe Says:

    For every day Team Glazer owns the Bucs, for every day Raheem is the coach of the Bucs, for every day GMC remains on the roster, Thomas 2.2 has his life expectancy cut off by 20 days.

    At night as he waits for his ambien to kick in, Thomas — Joe is confident — can be heard mumbling under his breath “Glazers… Raheem… McCoy… ” like a dog that growls in his sleep.

  31. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Those sneaky Glazers, always up to something I tell you!!! Because we all know that when you move a team, you don’t bring any of the players or coaches with you right? Now it’s all making perfect sense to me.

    Seriously Thomas, you should learn when enough is enough. We all might take you somewhat serious if you weren’t always fishing for something negative about the same people over and over. Look at all the people making fun of you. That’s the second “facepalm” Joe has given you in a week, shouldn’t that tell you something? I couldn’t be any more serious when I say that you are nothing more than a clown to us.

  32. dan Says:

    i still dont understand how moving the team will save money for the glazers… unless Thomas 2.2 and the writer of this article are saying that the supposed abandonment of character issues and subsiquent driving out of town of the buccaneers will make the team a valuable and sellable commodity or something….

  33. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Until this team competes in the playoffs, with good reason joe, with good reason.
    Bigmac: if you think your #1 above comes before your #2, you are more clueless, lost and naive than I originally thought.
    Joe and Bigmac: the Glazers do have a uniquely good stadium lease deal, but the value of that is nowhere close to stadium ownership when state and local tax incentives help pay for the stadium but leave ownership of the asset to owners.

    I didnt bring this subject up, the Times did. The Glazers are obviously looking for revenue support outside of Tampa or they wouldnt have begged to move the home game there. I doubt the team will move but dont doubt that the Glazers have / are explored it.

  34. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Dan: moving the team wont save $ it will make it, consider:

    1) the obvious: increased game revenue since this team doesnt sell out at home;
    2) newer stadium equals more revenue excepted seats;
    3) bigger market teams have greater value, advertising revenue;
    4) the possibility of stadium ownership through private financing and tax incentives wherein 10-20 years the org owns a 70,000 seat stadium on a huge parcel of property.
    Any questions?

  35. McBuc Says:

    Wow, I do business with the State of CA as well as the city of LA. They do not have any “tax” revenue for a new stadium. I also think LA has shown that they are not a football town. The people out there can not take anymore taxes, and they will not for a stadium Thomas….DAMN! Just broke my own rule! Ignore Thomas!

  36. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Mcbuc: I think that your point is a good one in regard to LA. There clearly are obstacles for any team to move. However, you should know that raising taxes for a specific quasi public purpose typically requires referendum of voters where providing tax breaks or incentives to lure a business often does not.
    I am not saying that the Times cited article proves the bucs are leaving, I am saying that stripping this home game from us is evidence of the Glazer mindset about this market and the media around here is so soft on the Glazers bc of their threats (see Sileo, Holder implied something similar on radio) to pull ad $ that media cant thoroughly vet this type of stuff.

    I thought that was a role for JBF but I know Joe gets nervous over strong Glazer criticism which I understand and respect – but it shouldnt impact the commentary. You can love the team and not love elements of it.

  37. Joe Says:

    I didnt bring this subject up, the Times did.

    Of course you did. LOL No one knew anything about it until you linked what Tom Jones had copy and pasted.

  38. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    As a matter of public consumption today, Joe. Two journalists unrelated to me covered this topic which I thought would be relevant and of interest to your visitors.

  39. BigMacAttack Says:

    Thomas, nice try, but. The Glazers know they have a good young team, and I’d be willing to bet they are ready for a Super Bowl run this year. Where as before they probably thought 2012 at the earliest. I would not be surprised to see a couple good free agent signings. So I think they could actually make it to the big show before they make that next Billion$, especially with the debt service on ManU, and we all know where real estate still is. But of course anyone would want a Big Bill before anything else. L.A. is the market everyone thinks needs a team, but as McBuc says it hasn’t worked yet. Rams, Raiders, what next? Vikings? The PSL’s will be through the roof. They will feel the need to top Jeeerrry in size. Moving a team, building a stadium. marketing, L.A. is in the toilet so Zero tax breaks or tax revenue. It has to be a $3 Billion dollar investment that will take at least 10 years to get any serious return. I know some idiot will try and do it but no one in their right mind will finance it, and a team there won’t last 10 years. Wait, Saudis might finance it. The Los Angeles Terrorists, or Suicide Bombers. The Los Angeles Allahs. The Glazers would never make such a risky move. Orlando makes more sense or even San Antonio. The San Antonio Ese’s.

  40. Joe Says:


    Oh, it’s of interest.

    Outside of Jones, who was the second “journalist” unrelated to you? 🙂

  41. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    If the Glazers love their current situation so much, why lobby the league to change the rules to award them another London home game?
    There is no logical explanation than London home games are more profitable than tampa home games. Also, if you really prioritize winning and supet bowls, why give your team 9 road games when everyone else has 7. $>super bowls to glazers.

  42. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    The original author.

  43. BigMacAttack Says:

    I don’t think the Glazers see London as a home game. I think they see it as a home away from home game. The Bucs have a nice following over there, and hell yeah they’re going to make money on it. I was peeved at losing one of my home games, but I got over it. It’s business, and just like the coach, or the GM, or the GMC, or the Owners, there ain’t a damn thing you can do about it anyway. Ulcer, High Blood Pressure, and Heart Attacks all from trying to control things you can not or worrying about it in the process. I don’t know if you smoke weed or drink, but you might want to start. When Joe said 20 days off your life I think he was as serious as a heart attack.

  44. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    They can move the team at virtually no cost if they can make the lease voidable or get another city to cover the cost. The value of the team immediately goes up in LA which enhances the Glazer wealth immediately.

  45. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    I concede that living in denial can be better for one’s health unless that same denial spills over into other matters.

  46. MOBucs Says:

    Wasn’t this article about Ruud and Caddy? I hope that both of them are back with us next year. I would be ignorant to say I know more than Raheem, Brooks, Kirwan, etc., about the importance of Ruud to the team. He has made me cringe in the past, but Ruud is a smart player and I tend to think this team might be in some trouble if we handed over his responsibilties to a rookie.

  47. 2 Buc Bill Says:

    i don’t

  48. Mauha Deeb Says:

    Boy, this comment section has really gotten out of hand. You guys, if you ignore him, he will go away. As do all trolls.

  49. dan Says:

    no! feed the troll! he does funny tricks!

  50. Architek Says:

    Thomas 2.2 by God I think you nailed it. You have finally served the board well. You managed to cough up something out of you keyboard that over-shadows something less meaningful than you, that’s Barrett Ruud. Great job! I am glad we are not discussing him but deliberating your unreliable information. Feels like a wonderful day.

  51. BigMacAttack Says:

    And I’m sure he can sail a couch with best of them.

  52. BigMacAttack Says:

    I can remember sailing down denial in my younger days. On a Felucca.

  53. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Ruud is excellent, anyone who diagrees is clueless – even rah rah and I agree on this.

    Joe- did you read Tom Balog’s article on the bucs shifting the bears home game to London last month in the herald tribune. Certainly, Balog is someone the sheep can respect and he agrees with me re the reason for the London game again. Check it out.

  54. Piratic Says:

    Mauha Deeb Says:
    May 24th, 2011 at 8:18 pm
    Boy, this comment section has really gotten out of hand. You guys, if you ignore him, he will go away. As do all trolls.

    You’re right.

    Because of ONE particular poster, this site has become less and less of a pleasure to visit.

    I love my Buccaneers, and I love JBF’s love of the Buccaneers, but being constantly subjected to the rants of a poster that clearly has an agenda to perpetuate is tedious at best, and fatal (with regard to visits) at worst.

  55. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Piratic: there is a labor stoppage. The owners stripped the town of a home game and money from the pockets of struggling citizens to make a few extra bucks overseas. There isnt a lot of more important subjects to debate. I do not intend to spoil your blog by contributing something different than typical: “the bucs are great” ” the glazers are great” “rah is great” bla bla bla bla bla.

  56. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Wow…over 50 comments so I thought there might be an interesting discussion happening here. Guess I was wrong. Just some kook stirring the pot with useless speculation. The Bucs will be in Tampa for the next 50 years. Write that down in ink.

  57. Fernando Says:

    Joe you are killing me, LOL you need to block Thomas 2.2 though.

  58. Fernando Says:

    Great stuff Joe.!!!

  59. tommy Says:

    thomas, for a dude that never ever shows up at bucs games you shore run your mouth alot!! focus on getting promoted from fry cook to cashier and leave us true buc fans to talk about the team we truley support! you my small minded little friend are an idiot, joe knows it i know it and so do all the rest of us!! go away loser

  60. Joe Says:

    You are welcome Fernando.

  61. amarti19 Says:

    Ruud isnt that bad, yall make him look like we all hate him. Im Still a fan of his

  62. dan Says:

    sorry guys, i was dodging tornados out here outside dallas im back! where were we? o right Ruud is good. and Thomas 2.2 whats odd to me is that WHAT you think isnt bad… you just come across so arrogant and ‘all knowing’ yet your opinions are that opinions, how do you have the balls (except for the mild anonymity of the internet blogosphere) to sound so haughty? no disrespect meant, honestly, your just very sure of your opinions viability, and of your place in the world to attack the views (that i myself do not always agree with) of someone who allows you to comment on a site only he has the RIGHT to post on … idk i personally tend err towards appreciativeness, not spite (sheeple comments) but then again I do not know you, again no disrespect just commenting on your cajones haha

  63. BigMacAttack Says:

    Ruudy, Ruuudy, Ruuuuudy, RUUUUUUUDY!!!

  64. Joe Says:

    Thanks Fernando!

  65. OAR Says:

    I’m glad I don’t waste hours trying to communicate with….well, a wall!

  66. BigMacAttack Says:

    OAR, give the wall more credit than that.

  67. OAR Says:

    I’ll give it some fantasyland wallpaper, maybe?