The Sharks Are Circling

January 2nd, 2012

As the saying goes, there’s blood in the water. The sharks are circling Raheem Morris, specifically the local media sharks.

The big-boy newspaper columnists in town, Martin Fennelly of The Tampa Tribune and Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times, have called for Raheem Morris’ head in their publications today.

ESPN NFC South writer Pat Yasinskas even went so far to claim that if Team Glazer extended Raheem’s contract that the team would lose all its fans.

Aside from the fictional owner of the Cleveland Indians in the movie “Major League’’ and former Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse, has there ever been an owner in any pro sport that didn’t want to win? The Glazers also don’t like to be embarrassed.

There’s no denying this season was an embarrassment, and much of that falls on Morris. His team often looked ill-prepared and he questioned his team’s effort on three occasions. If a team’s not prepared and isn’t giving strong effort, that’s not a good reflection on the coach.

Besides, there’s also the fact that 2012 is the final season of Morris’ contract. There’s no way the Bucs could extend him without losing their remaining fans. If they let Morris go into a lame-duck season, they run the risk of the team getting even more out of control.

Now Joe thinks Yasinskas took it a little over the top there. Surely the Bucs wouldn’t lose all their fans if Raheem returned. Joe suspects there’s still be plenty of readers on this site if Raheem brings back the core beliefs for 2012, and the stadium would have at least every third seat occupied on game day.

No word yet from One Buc Palace on Raheem’s future (So stop emailing Joe). But Joe suspects that if Raheem comes out for his scheduled noon news conference, the line of questioning will be brutally harsh.

111 Responses to “The Sharks Are Circling”

  1. Everyone Have Your Brown Bags? Says:

    Joe, would you surmise that Rah might actually get to do his noon PC? I’m expecting the announcement that his PC has been ‘delayed’. Or replaced by the announcement of his firing. Is it normal for teams planning to fire their HC to first have him to the next-day noon PC?

  2. Jake Says:

    If the Glazers bring back Morris, it will serve to answer every question about the Glazers that the fans and the media have debated ad nauseum for several years. It won’t be a pretty answer either. Yasinkas isn’t far off on the impacts of bringing back Morris and it will certainly let us know that we fans are in for a royal hosing, going forward, by the Glazers.

  3. BucFan South Tampa Says:

    Mental midgets all…..

  4. Everyone Have Your Brown Bags? Says:

    The only reason I would accept mOrriss being extended is. . . the loyal fan exodus would allow my season tickets seats to move from East to West side between the 40s. I could pass them out to clients during next year’s debacle, then the Glazers can fire Rah and pay him the remaining years on that new contract. As the new coach improves the team, I’m sitting pretty, pun intended.

    Go Rah!

  5. NashVegas Ryan Says:

    I can’t watch one more bucs game if Rah is still the head coach. Not sure what is taking so long. Makes me feel like the Glazers are going to bring him back and make changes with assistant coaches.

  6. TheProsUseAdvoCare Says:

    I’d still be a fan, but I’d continue to turn the games off before halftime.

  7. Macabee Says:

    Rick Stroud, at blog Bucs Beat is reporting that the Bucs decision on Raheem Morris may not be reported today. At a minimum, the Glazers should make a statement on their intentions today even if not definitive. While I agree that Morris should be replaced, It is almost cruel and unusual punishment to send Morris out to be pummeled by the media today if they already know that they are going to fire him!

  8. CC Says:

    The Glazerhouse trio need to step up to the microphone at noon and let the FANS know what their intentions are. They owe it to the us and the community.

  9. Macabee Says:

    Let me also add that Morris addresses the team today at 11am. If he gives them any idea of what the future holds, then Twitter is going to light up like a Christmes tree! If it’s one thing the players are worse at than stopping the run, it’s keeping a secret!

  10. McBucs Says:

    Let’s hope we hear today at 1:00. I cannot see anyway Morris stays…Also, I wish you guys would stop with the “Glazerhouse” nickname. If you were here during Hugh’s rule, you know the Glazers are head and shoulders above the old owners.

  11. Meh Says:

    Whether the Glazer sons are better owners than Culverhouse will be tested this offseason.

  12. A REAL Bucs Fan Says:

    Who I want for coach:

    Tom Clements – Green Bay QB Coach

    He’s the perfect guy for the role. He’s got almost 2 decades of experience, and I’d rather give him a shot then a college coach. He’s helped several guys become great QBs.

  13. FIRE RAH! Says:

    That first half was one hell of a finaly. You could make a whole blooper real out of it. Sure they will.

  14. Meh Says:

    No more position coaches straight to HC. Never, ever, ever again.

  15. NashVegas Ryan Says:

    Rams pulled the trigger and fired Spags. Glazers, hello?

  16. bucfanjeff Says:

    Spagnola is available. Hire him as DC and pay him what he wants.
    Regardless, I think we hear something today and I agree that the Glazers should make a statement.

  17. FIRE RAH! Says:

    I think they wait till the playoffs are over. Or let rah go then wait. Gotta see who will be available. Hopefully we get a green bay coach.

  18. Anthony Says:

    I love the NFL because of head coaches. That’s why I watch every Sunday. Nothing is more exciting to me than when they throw those red challenge flags out onto the field. Let’s cut the crap–you’re only as good as the players you put out there. I can only get excited for next season if they bring in some studs, not if they change the head coach.

  19. Everyone Have Your Paper Bags? Says:

    I cannot believe the Gkazers would let Rah do a PC today, then fire him. At noon, they should approach the lecturn and announce it. Then maybe take questions.

  20. Bob Fox Says:

    Tom Clements was the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills before he came to Green Bay. He has been the QB coach for BOTH Favre and Rodgers with the Packers. Favre had the worst season of his career the year before Clements arrived. Clements got Favre back on track and he had his best season in 2007 since his MVP years.

    Rodgers just had the highest QB rating ever in a NFL season this year (122.5), plus is the highest ranked QB in QB ratings for both the regular season and postseason all-time. Plus you all saw what Matt Flynn did yesterday.

    Clements knows how to play QB and also how to win as well. Clements was a three-year starter at QB for Notre Dame under Ara Parseghian, and he led the Irish to a 29-5 record. That included an unblemished national championship in 1973.

    Clements only played one year in the NFL, but in the CFL, he was a legend. Clements was named an All-Star seven times in the CFL and twice guided teams (Ottawa in 1976 and Winnipeg in 1984) to Grey Cup Championships. Clements was the Outstanding Offensive Player in both of those championship games. Clements was also Rookie of the Year (1975) and MVP (1987) of the CFL.

    Clements is obviously a winner. He teaches his QBs to become winners. And to play smart. “Tom does a great job at never being complacent with the way I’m playing, and we scrutinize every little part of the game — everything from every step in the drop to my play fakes to my keeps off of a run,” Rodgers said.

    “He’s a great teacher of the game,” Rodgers said of Clements. “He understands that less is more, I think, especially on game days. He’s got one or two things every time I come off the field. He’s always very even-keeled. There’s not any arguments on the sidelines or confrontations. He understands that there’s going to be mistakes on the field. But he understands how to manage, help manage, our personalities during the game. And then off the field, he doesn’t let you be complacent.”

    Clements is interviewing for the head coaching job at Penn State this week. Hopefully he will get the same opportunity with the Bucs.

  21. Mark Says:

    Raheem will not be fired. Latest rumblings have Jimmy Lake as the new DC. The OC situation is up in the air as they will be hard pressed to get anyone to agree to come on board with Raheem as a lame duck. Options would be to retain Olsen or bring in someone willing to take a one year deal.

    You heard it here.

  22. Patrick Says:

    F’k that

  23. Mcruzer Says:

    ESPN Sidebar: Bucs fire Morris

  24. Greg Says:

    Rah fired per Justin P

  25. Kevin Says:

    Schefter is reporting on Twitter that Raheem has been fired.

  26. Ash Says:

    Bucs official Facebook says fired.

  27. Jorge Says:

    La Canfora reporting Raheem has been fired

  28. Meh Says:

    Yired. Yunemployed. Yon’t yet yhe yoor yit your yass yon yhe yay yout.

  29. Tj Says:

    NFL network reporting Raheem morris fired

  30. Patrick Says:


    No way the Glazers can do that. They’ll officially be hated by the fanbase!

    F’k that scenario

  31. Mike Says:

    It’s on the Buccaneers website as well. “Relieved of duties”

    Thank God!

  32. Bill Says:

    Per Adam schefter BUCS have fired Morris …per tweet 7 minutes ago….As of 11:49

  33. CharlieB Says:

    And he has been fired, per Twitter.

  34. feel Says:

    already happened… you guys are behind!

  35. Jerry Says:

    Bye Rah! Press conference at 3 pm.

  36. Ryan Cannon Says:

    Things are suddenly looking up.

  37. Bill Says:

    Bring on Cowhar…I better the players will play for him!

  38. advertise here! Says:

    right on top of it joe.

  39. D-Rome Says:

    ESPN is reporting Radio has been fired. Good riddance. He was head coach and defensive coordinator of the worst defense in Buccaneer history. If team Glazer can fire Jon Gruden for going 9-7 with a 4 game skid then you have to fire Morris who was in charge of a 10 game skid where the players simply didn’t care. I wonder how He Who Must Not Be Named will spin this in the afternoon.

  40. CC Says:

    Looks like Dominic is safe for now. He needs to go as well

  41. NJBucsFan Says:

    PFT reported it’s official – No more Rah

  42. NoNameBuc Says:

    He’s fired! wooo hooo!

  43. Brandon Says:

    ESPN said the Bucs fired the staff… I hope this is not true. Not saying that most of our coaches don’t suck, but there are a few that have done a decent job (OL, Stukes as special teams) Hopefully they haven’t all been fired and will be given an opportunity to interview for the new coaching staff.

  44. A REAL Bucs Fan Says:

    Announced on Bucs site 15 minutes ago. He’s confirmed fired.

  45. Bobby Says:

    I heard Morris but I didn’t hear staff.

  46. usmc-buc Says:

    He’s been fired

  47. Mr Lucky Says:

    Hey Mark – what a douchbag you are buddy!

    Coach Rah is gone! Next in line: Talib Aquib, then Retard Jackson

  48. Everyone Have Your Paper Bags? Says:

    Yee-haw! The day just got brighter. Good luck Raheem and staff.

    Dominick remains. Don’t forget, bucs fired Dungy. McKay wanted Marvinlewis. Owners trumped and got Gruden. So Dominick doesn’t have ultimate power right now. And may not actually stay if he doesn’t calculate correctly

  49. adam from ny Says:

    wake up joe and get it posted already…..rah is eastbound and down….report it….do it….do it…now…beat scotty to the news and be top dog!

    adam from ny

    ps big press conference at 3 pm to discuss the dismantling of rah-dog….rah aint watching the outback bowl….he is getting his sh*t from outback

  50. Sgt Mike Says:

    Yes the firing of Rah is confirmed by Let’s get back to work and set the ship right.

  51. adam from ny Says:

    believe it or not but ronde barely has a job as a player anymore.

  52. adam from ny Says:

    they should cut talib this afternoon too…light a fire under everyone with that move…..let them know the game is over…no more hanging at the press box knocking off honey wings…adam from ny

  53. Rickster Says:

    Just got word from bleacher report, he’s a gonner.

  54. s Says:

    Behind on the news joe cant be slackin or youll be fired like raheem

  55. holymoly Says:

    Now the question is … who will glazers hire ? How long ? Let’s get a coach who will not put up with the football we saw this year ! Thanks Rah and goodbye . Only bad thing is they kept Dominik .

  56. SkookumSmitty Says:

    If y’all already KNOW Raheem is fired, why the rush for Joe to post something? Don’t you imagine he is working on it? Sheesh.

  57. canadianbuc Says:


  58. RED MAN Says:

    Joe you’re slacking

  59. Andrew Says:

    How did they not fire the GM?

  60. Bobby Says:

    Because the GM is not the problem.

  61. Greg Says:

    Justin P just said the entire staff was fired, how does dom survive this as well?

  62. canadianbuc Says:

    Jason la canfora said the whole staff has been fired

  63. D-Rome Says:

    I wonder if he still thinks stats are for losers.

  64. canadianbuc Says:

    Does anyone think he has a chance for a job elswhere?

  65. Bobby C Says:


  66. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    All coaches gone, Dominik stays. Just as it should be. Yes!

  67. Patrick Says:

    They made the right move!

    But it will be meaningless if Dominick doesn’t change his ways. He’s the one that provided us with a $h!tty roster this year and his philosophy of rookies only has to end.

  68. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Actually I’m 50/50 on Dominik…wouldn’t mind him being replaced. Either way things are looking up.

  69. Bobby Says:

    The GM only does what the owners tell him to do. He’s done a good job of getting talent through the draft but they have been very poorly coached. I look for maybe a Jeff Fisher or one of the top coordinators in the league to come in and this team will look different next year. A few key FA’s and some good draft picks and we’ll be competitive again. I’m hoping we get Trent Richardson in the first round because I think it will make a world of difference to our offense. I’m actually excited for next year.

  70. Nate Says:

    C’mon Joe! Where’s your update on the Morris firing!?!

  71. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Welll…depending on who the Bucs hire as Head Coach we will have to wait and see what will happen to Dominick.

  72. canadianbuc Says:

    This is actually a very strong class of FAs to this offseason.

  73. Nate Says:

    I wouldn’t say Dominick is safe in the clubhouse yet. If the owners come up on an opportunity to add a big name coach that wants total control, Dominick might end up packing his bags too. It’s still early.

  74. Paul Says:

    bucsnation says Bucs looking at Jim Tressel.

  75. Paul Says:

    Morris’ whole staff too..Olson gone! feels like we won the Super Bowl again!

  76. Meh Says:

    Tressel is a dirty scumbag, but we have nowhere to go but up.

  77. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Tressel? You must be kidding me. He had the most boring offenses ever created on an NCAA football field. Solid defenses, but wow…the guy doesn’t have any NFL head coaching experience. Do we really want another Spurrier/Saban/Petrino experience? No thanks.

  78. Rob in Orlando Says:

    Thanks for trying Raheem, it was not all your fault. Enjoy your 2million severence pay! You will coach somewhere else soon. Bring on Cowher guys. Can you imagine the “Oh ___t” in the locker room if Cowher was coming our way. No more bull spit. No more loafing. Someone will teach these guys how to play defense again. I can see that Cowher grimace right now. I can hardly wait for a real experienced coach and staff to start rebuilding here. Go Bucs.

  79. Bobby Says:

    Cowher is NOT coming here. Fisher is a possibility. He was spotted at the Bucs hotel in Atlanta.

  80. David Says:

    Package deal: Mo Claiborne and Les Miles.

  81. canadianbuc Says:

    Joe wheres an article??? you sad???

  82. Garv Says:

    I find no joy in this, nor do I understand the unnecessary nastiness from some people concerning a man who has lost his job.
    There is plenty of blame to go around, including many players who lay down. Dominik obviously made serious mistakes in some player deals like Quincy Black, Mark Clayton and letting go of Carnell Williams and even Ruud.
    K2 is the fourth best TE in our division and carries the flag during introductions while claiming Raheem’s firing would ruin the Buccaneers and playing so poorly, demanding the ball and repeating key penalties.

    Let’s see what the Royal’s do now because WHAT they do will tell us if they really give a damn or not. And forcing Mark Domink and their austerity plan on a new HC MIGHT kind of sort of limit their options and the Buccaneer’s future.

  83. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    The Gravy train at One Buc is over.

    It may take a year but pro football will be returning to Tampa.

    I wish Rah the best of luck and lengthy career at D Backs coach for a Division 1 school in the Northeast maybe New Jersey.

  84. canadianbuc Says:

    Garv you have clearly not been watching the same Football as we have for the last 10 games!!!!!!

  85. Brent Says:

    I’m so happy now

  86. Meh Says:

    He’s going to be paid $2 million to do nothing next year Garv. I hardly feel sorry for him.

    But you are absolutely right about the rest of the comment. The players and Dom both need to feel the heat for this too. And this offseason will be a real test of the Glazer’s commitment to this team.

  87. NJBucsFan Says:

    Joe is interviewing for the Bucs head coach job….

  88. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Dominik is only safe for now. If they hire a big name coach who wants a lot of control he could easily be gone in the next 1-2 weeks as well. I wouldn’t buy a new desk for his One Buc office just yet if I were Dominik.

  89. LOVEBUCS Says:

    Maybe we can also give the real players a chance to shine instead of the overpaid riff raffs now

  90. bucswin Says:

    Good job by Joe keeping his readers updated on such an important story. And Pewter Report has crashed, again.

  91. Everyone Have Your Paper Bags? Says:

    Joe, it’s official, all the mental
    Midgets have scooped you. Ha

  92. canadianbuc Says:

    “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Glazer family for the opportunity they gave me to be the Head Coach of the Buccaneers. I was honored and blessed to have spent the majority of my coaching career with the same (class) organization. I grew up with the Bucs and I was fortunate enough to be part of a Super Bowl victory there. I wish the Glazers, the management, players, staff and most importantly, the fans nothing but the greatest success in the future.”

    Raheems statement -NFL.COM

  93. william Says:

    pewter report always crash when there is breaking news

  94. Bobby Says:

    @FLBoyInDallas…..Jim Harbaugh had no NFL experience either so that really doesn’t matter but I agree that Tressel is way too conservative for what I want to see in Tampa. Tressel is a winner in a big way. NCAA titles in two different divisions but just not sure he’d be in my top 5. I wouldn’t cry if he came here but I’d want a lot more exciting OC.

  95. LOVEBUCS Says:

    La Canfora reports that Raheem Morris and his entire staff were let go Monday following a season in which the Bucs lost their final 10 game to finish at 4-12.


  96. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    JBF and PR aren’t trying to be PFT, and neither Joe nor Scott Reynolds are trying to become Mike Florio. So stop criticizing these guys who are true Bucs fans and who provide us with great information on a daily basis. I’m sure both guys are working on posts as we speak and we’ll see analysis throughout the day. Stop acting like a bunch of mouth breathers.

  97. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    That statement was pre-prepared by a Glazer. Rah doesnt sound like that but I dont doubt that he took it like a man.

  98. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    This was the right move no doubt, but I’m not going to throw a party about someone losing his job who has worked his arse off for this organization for many years (even before he was our HC). Granted he did a poor job, but I feel it is in very bad taste to gloat. Obviously there are not many people that share the same feelings.

  99. Bill Says:

    I wouldn’t mind having The Vest as OC. When he had Troy Smith and Ted Ginn his offense was not as conservative as some may think. He threw the ball deep quite often. And he did throw he ball with Pryor and Posey as well. I like Billick as HC, with a solid DC,(Spags?).

  100. Patrick Says:

    Adam Schefter said that he thinks Raheem will be a head coach in 2012!


  101. william Says:


    PR has more than one writer so it doesn’t make sense for the site crashed

  102. Nate Says:

    Joe, I know you are probably working on an article as we speak, but it would be nice to maybe get a couple “morning cup of joe” links or Marlana Aref pics to hold us over in the meantime… On a serious note, Dominick needs to go too. He is the last link of the old regime in the organization. The Glazers need to totally start anew.

  103. Nate Says:

    Tressel is a horrible idea. He couldn’t even control a bunch of college kids getting tatooes and selling jerseys. How would he handle grown ass men behaving badly???

  104. Ash Says:

    Tressel? hahaha

  105. Nate Says:

    @Thomas 2.2 – I’m sure Rah was expecting this. Hoping a different outcome, but expecting what came his way. Rah will be fine. He will get his money, get another job doing something else, somewhere else, and life will move on. The ironic thing that will probably happen is he will go somewhere else as a DC and end up having one of the best defenses in the league. That would be our type of luck.

  106. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I can’t think of a coach I would less likely want than Tressel. I do not want any college coach, but especially not Tressel. That being said, if it were to happen, I would support him just as I did Raheem. Go Bucs!

  107. Garv Says:


    Of COURSE I’ve been watching the games. Every damn one of them, 7 of them live in Tampa. Did you READ my post? I simply typed Raheem was not the only one responsible for this awful season and pointed out a few others.

    Helloooooooo…..anyone home in TORONTO?

    We’re all going to be in for a bumpy ride now and it damn well IS on the Royal Glazerbaum’s to follow through with a hire that is allowed to work without his hands tied behind his back.

  108. Garv Says:

    NO to Tressel, not that it even a possibility.
    I want a guy with NFL experience at LEAST as a OC or DC and with a successful resume.

  109. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    While everyone else will probably laugh at your comment, I tend to believe you are right. That would be our type of luck.

  110. Nate Says:

    Whatever direction they go with the HC, their top priority has to be to get someone to with with Josh Freeman ASAP!!! That cat looked like straight garbage this year. I dont think he’s gotten enough criticism. Right now, we have the worst team and the worst QB in our division. Whoever they bring in needs to fix that. If Freeman doesnt get it together, we’ll be looking for another coach or QB 2 or 3 years from now all over again.

  111. adam from ny Says:

    i heard the rahheem firing was preempted by glazer #3…..all bucs fans – 3 cheers for glazer #3 !!….a real stand up guy who stood up and did something besides forget to eat……adam from ny