“He Does What Raheem Wants To Do”

September 15th, 2011

Every wonder how much Raheem Morris is involved in the offense?

Josh Freeman offered some insight during The Josh Freeman Show, hosted by the dean on Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig, on WDAE-AM 620 every Wednesday. The show was dynamite last night, as Duemig, the new host this year, is a far better interviewer than Scott Ledger and Freeman clearly has established a comfort zone.

Freeman outlined a chain of command for the crafting of the Bucs gameplan.

Steve Duemig: Do fans get too caught up in saying, ‘Well, they only had 15 rushes for 30 yards. And. oh, it had to be the offensive line is the problem?

Josh Freeman: We had 15 rushes, you know, and four of which were mine.

Duemig: And you were the leading rusher.

Freeman: Yeah, We really just didn’t stick with the running game.

Duemig: That’s not your call.

Freeman: That’s part of the gameplan. That’s way above me, you know. I manage the game. I run what Coach Olson calls, and he does what Raheem wants to do. But no, we’re going to run the ball. With that O-line, with LeGarrette Blount. We’re going to run the ball.

Surely, it’s no shock that Raheem has a heavy hand in the offense. But that’s awfully tough duty given that Raheem is managing and mentoring a load of young players and filling the role of defensive coordinator.

Obviously, the Bucs were a top tier offense for the second half of the 2010 season, so the formula can work. But after the gameplan missed the mark Sunday, it’s interesting to wonder whether Raheem could use another coach to help him prepare, a second defensive coordinator perhaps, and lighten his workload.

23 Responses to ““He Does What Raheem Wants To Do””

  1. Brad Says:

    I take that to mean Olsen is in thin ice and probably on his way out. Otherwise why would you not trust your coordinator to run that side of the ball. Of course seeing the crap we all saw in the first half I dont blame him for taking over the playcalling. If I’m Olsen I’m extremely nervous.

  2. Ash Says:

    Another non-issue story on here. Raheem gives his directives and signs off on the gameplan, big fat hairy deal.

  3. Ash Says:

    he is the head coach, DUH

  4. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @Ash – Since when does everything have to be a “story.” It was interesting and a glimpse inside from the QB.

  5. Buc Neckid Says:

    Already heard Rah take the fall for this earlier this week in his coach’s show.
    He IS the Head Coach and all it seemed that he suggested was that he made the change from the original gameplan away from running Blount to up the tempo of the offense, take advantage of the home field heat and catch Detroit by surprise. Olsen should have had enough plays in his playbook to accomodate this. Bad all the way around. But at least Rah fell on the sword for his coach. He IS the Head Coach and the Buc(k) does stop with him but it is still no excuse for such an inept offense and offensive playcalling in the first half of the game. That being said, it is time to MOVE ON, Game One is over.

  6. Chris FWC Says:

    25+ carries this next game! FEED the BEAST!…or he will PUNCH YOU!

  7. Jrock (mobile) Says:

    I agree with Buc Neckid, even if Rah gave the order to abandon the early game plan, Olsen should have been able to adjust.

    They plan all week for a team, do you think they have ONE plan with no contengencies? C’mon, we were just outcoached. It was sad, lets not let it happen again against the Vikings

  8. IMHO... Says:

    Rah and Olsen need 2 let Freeman loose and play 2 his strengths as a mobile QB with a cannon of an arm. Give him more opportunities such more play-action stretches, QB roll-outs, and bootlegs. This will only help K2 get open even more, as he is a LB’ers nightmare 2 cover. Also, since they say Blount can’t block, counter that with RB screens. This helps tha O-Line as well since they’re getting beat off tha ball tha majority of tha time. More presnap motion and combination seam routes will greatly help. Motion will help Freeman decifer coverage better and seam routes will put alot of pressure on opposing LB’s and DB’s, preferably curl and wheel routes, out-and-ups and stop-and-gos.

  9. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    First of all, Scott Ledger is a much more talented interviewer than the Big Fraud. Ledger was forced by the Glazers to be a total homer and he hated it, you could tell, hence why he is gone.

    Duemig’s opinion is totally for sale and it has obviously been bought by the Glazers and he has no problem sounding idiotic in complete defense of everything Glazer and Rah. I give Duemig credit from the business-side, he figured out during his dungy and gruden bashing days that he could get to the Glazers, so I have heard rumblings that the Glazers have paid for his and/or the stations support.

    As for Rah telling Olson what to do, that is either wrong, or proof as to why the offense looked and played like our defense has for the last 2 seasons.

    Rah cant coach D, let alone O, he needs to be limited to the D Backs only. A horrible quality for a coach is to not be aware of your weaknesses, rah is oblivious to his and they are many and enormous.

  10. stimpy Says:

    @Buc Neckid

    If i had homefield and heat. And i wanted to wear theother team out i would run right at them with my big ass RB. If that didnt work i would run stretch plays left and right and make the DL run sideline to sideline.

  11. RastaMon Says:

    blah..blah..blah….we will all see and know @4 on Sunday…..the Whole Franchise need’s to simply shut their collective yaps ! This team has promise. Thing is this town (Bay Area) are now accustomed to $upporting
    A winning product !

  12. stevek Says:

    Bucs need to dig deep and show me something this weekend. A 1st Quarter lead, a sack… something! 0-2 and a BBQ is not a good way to start.

  13. BigMacAttack Says:

    DB for DC.

  14. Snook Says:

    Not surprised. Obviously, Raheem has control issues. Why else would he also be the DC? I’m not surprised to learn he’s calling the shots on offense, too. No wonder the play calling sucks. Raheem + Olson calling plays = disaster.

    I’m so sick of our Mike Tomlin wannabe.

  15. Snook Says:

    “Rah cant coach D, let alone O, he needs to be limited to the D Backs only. A horrible quality for a coach is to not be aware of your weaknesses, rah is oblivious to his and they are many and enormous.”

    Amen, Thomas. Couldn’t agree more.

    Rah is completely unaware of what he’s not good at. Well put.

    I wonder which of those morons called the draw play to EG from the shotgun on 4th and 1. My bet would be on Raheem.

  16. eric Says:

    The offensive coordinator does what the head coach wants him to do?

    The Qb does what the offensive coordinator wants him to do?

    What a system!

    Quick question: Who tells Rah what to do?


  17. Snook Says:

    A DB coach who was never a DC is now the final decision on offensive play calling, too?

    And it was OBVIOUS!


  18. Stevek Says:

    We should bring in mod singletary as lb’s coach.

  19. tommy Says:

    lay of the ledge joe!!!

  20. Snook Says:

    This would be like Gruden over-ruling Monte on D calls.

  21. Tampa2 Says:

    Guess Morris was jealous that the Offense got the credit (rightfully) for the wins last year and wants to stick his 2 cents in so he can say he ran the offense. No wonder the O sucked last week. year 3 of the “learning on the job” HC. When will one of the Glazers get off the crack and get us a real coach in here to develop and train these talented kids?

  22. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Surely, it’s no shock that Raheem has a heavy hand in the offense.

    Not to split bananas here but…what he said doesn’t mean what you claim. Morris probably sits down with his staff and together they come up with a gameplan, then he signs off on it.

    Once he signs off on it, the offense tries to stick with it because that’s the plan Morris signed off on.

    It doesn’t mean he calls the offensive plays on the field (which, if you pay attention, he doesn’t). It also doesn’t mean Olson is on his way out (which he’s not).

    And as far as Morris “not beings aware of weaknesses”…that could not be more off base. I wasn’t a fan of him becoming head coach at first. But it was his willingness to change his plan if it didn’t work that won me over.

    His first year is a perfect example of this. He had a plan, it didn’t work, and instead of sticking with it like Gruden would have (and we all know Gruden would have), Morris did a complete turn-around.

    Another example: Our kickers. How many has this team gone through, even though some were signed to good contracts, one was drafted, etc. He was willing to change.

    So to state he is not aware of weaknesses is ignorant and uneducated. In fact, his willingness to adapt sets him above Gruden in my book and likely in players books as well.

  23. Ledger Says:

    is a far better interviewer than Scott Ledger and Freeman clearly has established a comfort zone…..

    WOW all that in a week? He must be amazing!

    Hey Joe, careful , you got some of Dumig’s s#*t on your nose….seriously…….kiss ass.