“Half The Stuff I Say, I Got From Him”

August 4th, 2011

What mentors does Raheem Morris credit for his success? (yes, Joe realizes haters will be quick to say Raheem has a losing record.)

Surely there’s a long list from Raheem’s 10 years coaching in the league. But somewhat surprisingly, it appears the Bucs head coach puts Derrick Brooks atop the list, so he told the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig, on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday.

“Everybody knows he’s the Don. And that’s how we refer to him,” Raheem said of Brooks. “I guarantee you. Half the stuff I say, I got from him, that he probably got from Dungy or some of the great coaches he worked for, Coach Bowden.

“I’ll never forget, it’s like clockwork for me right now, about him explaining to me one day about falling back in Cover 2. He talked about letting the 3-technique win. And he talked about ‘taking two steps, three steps, if you go any farther you’re going to go too far you won’t be able to fall back. You won’t to make the play.’ To this day it’s a coaching point.

“It is absolutely from the Don. That is not in any playbook.”

Brooks was at Bucs practice yesterday, and Raheem acknowledged that Brooks still has a heavy influence.

Hopefully, Brooks has all the young linebackers on speed dial.

17 Responses to ““Half The Stuff I Say, I Got From Him””

  1. OAR Says:

    Brooks is THE MAN! Class act on/off the field, and now after
    And please rookies, whatever you do, pay attention to THE MAN!

  2. Eric Says:

    Nice to hear that.

    Good going Raheem.

  3. Gary Says:

    What? Have I stepped into an alternate universe?

  4. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    I think I’m there with you. I’m really scared right about now.

  5. 1BUCFAN Says:

    During Brooks radio time yesterday he had a Q&A with Mason Foster. Good exchange. Brooks admitted to being in constant contact with Foster since the draft, either by phone or text. Can’t have a better go-to mentor at your finger tips than 55!

  6. Espo Says:

    Yes but he also mentored Ruud. At the end of the day, its on the individual to put all his training into action.

  7. SteveK Says:

    Ruud is Ruud, Foster will be better. Our run defense is going to improve, and we will actually have somebody that likes to be the hammer and not the nail.

  8. Jimmy Says:

    “I’ll never forget, it’s like clockwork for me right now, about him explaining to me one day about falling back in Cover 2.”


    The gall you people had to run Barrett Ruud out of town. Derrick Brooks himself, the greatest linebacker in Bucs history, explained to the HEAD COACH how a linebacker is supposed to drop back in the Bucs defense.

    All this whining, all this crying about Ruud when he was doing what HE IS SUPPOSED TO DO!

    I hope teams average 20 a carry right up the gut so you SOBs will get a taste of your own medicine, running a solid pro out of town. Good luck seeing some rookie from the lousy Pac 10 racked up 100 tackles like Ruud.

    Oh, that’s right, you wanted a physical thumper. Nate Webster is avaiable and that is about your speed to: drilling high school girls.

    You jackarses! Go back to playing with yourself while you listen to Ian Beckles.

    SCUMBAGS, all of you!

  9. Gary Says:

    Barrett, is that you?

  10. Mauha Deeb Says:

    @Jimmy Don’t hold back, guy. Tell us how you really feel.

    Looks like Jimmy has been drinking again….

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    Thanks Jimmy, quality rant all the way. I was one of them and I’m prepared to own the results, but you might just be surprised how things turn out.

    I know Vinik hired Brooks but I would love to see Derrick become our Defensive Coordinator. I think he could really help Raheem and their two minds together may work well. Brooks so often is the voice of reason, but not as laid back as Monte. I love the coaching staff Rah/Dom has put together. Players/Coaches want to come here now. We haven’t heard that in some years.

  12. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    I also commend you on the rant, even though I disagree. First of all, I have no idea how you grabbed the concept that Barrett Ruud was doing the correct thing in the Cover 2 by that quote from Brooks. How do you even know which LB spot Brooks is even talking about?

    As for the Pac-10 being lousy, I think that while it is not the SEC, it’s a pretty damn good conference that has produced some pretty damn good NFL players. Not sure if you noticed, but they had 2 teams finish in the top 5 last year. There is no doubt the SEC is the best, but the ignorance that some college football fans have to the teams in the west gets pretty irritating after a while. Quite simply, you don’t know what the hell you are talking about if you believe it is a lousy conference.

    Finally, understand one thing: if we lose a bunch of games this year, it is not because we lost Ruud. That is simply stupid. Football is the ultimate team sport, and aside from a QB or a handful of truly elite players, no one player makes that much of a difference. Look at how we did without Talib last year. In fact, look at how we did missing nearly our entire OL. This is why teams are able to cut very good players all the time, yet continue to be successful.

    Excuse me now while I go play with myself as I listen to Beckles.

  13. below me Says:

    “That’s the guy who took the bread out of Jimmy’s mouth. Jimmy’s out

    of work because of you..

  14. below me Says:

    “Jimmy wants a piece of Kramer..”

  15. below me Says:



  16. below me Says:

    on a serious note…if you didn’t hear Brooks with Duemig doing play by play during the Buc’s practice, I suggest you go to 620’s pod central and check it out. its gold Jerry! Gold!

  17. Vince Says:

    In Double Nickel I trust!