Raheem Didn’t Get Screwed

March 14th, 2012
“Olie, man, you see who signed Vincent Jackson? I wouldn’t have had to make up words like “yungry” and ramble off my core beliefs if I had talent like that.”

It’s inevitable that blubbering media types soon will float the ridiculous notion that Raheem Morris got screwed by the Bucs because they didn’t buy him Grade A free agents last year while Greg Schiano now has his bosses waving fists of cash around like an old man with a fat money clip at a strip joint.  

Yeah, Raheem really took it on the chin. Give Joe a break.

Raheem’s beloved players tuned him out and hung him out to dry. He proved to be a historically lousy defensive coordinator on top of that. The man also was consistently outcoached last season.

Sure, Raheem could have used free agent help. But Raheem didn’t need that to win six or seven games and save his job.

Just like his predecessor, Greg Schiano surely will be shown the door if he can’t compile respectable results after three seasons. This year’s free agent signings are meaningless without the Ws, and those need to come quickly. Yes, Joe falls into the camp that believes Raheem Morris had talent to work with, at least enough to win a few more games last year and not get seal-clubbed repeatedly to end the 2011 season.

Schiano, too, will have plenty of talented players. Now all he has to do is coach.

27 Responses to “Raheem Didn’t Get Screwed”

  1. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    I don’t think he WANTED free agent help. My theory is the 10-6 season got the egos of Rah and Dom so engorged that they thought they could win with a team full of whoever’s.

  2. raphael Says:

    RAh is a great guy… but he failed at game planning consistently. His biggest mistake was sending Brian Price to the locker room after a 15 yard penalty, meanwhile Talib gets away with a multitude of fouls. He lost the locker room right then and there….

  3. Chris FWC Says:

    If only his uncle beat him more he could of learned defense.

  4. bucfanjeff Says:

    Schiano will command a different respect and will come across as a leader. He is being given talent to work with so I’m anxious to see what the staff can do.

  5. Have A Nice Day Says:

    Yeah, even the worst NFL teams do not “lack talent” so to say. They lack coaching. Are their some teams that have a larger talent pool than others? Of course, but a team doesn’t go 10-6, then 4-2, then 0-10 with relatively the same roster from a lack of talent. That is a direct result of coaching/game planning.

  6. the_buc_realist Says:

    lets not forget that when the Raheem Era started, Of all the free agent signings. Majority of those signings failed, whether from bad talent evaluation, failed offense philosophy that never started, or the player got paid and got fat. I see the same plan ( hopefully with better results ) to help transition in the new offense and defense to the new systems. Next year and following will be refocused drafting.

  7. passthebuc Says:

    Last year that team was as organized as an Octopus trying to make love to a bagpipe. If you would have had paid for talent last year, you now would have little cap and overpaid free agents with a bad attitude.

  8. Chris FWC Says:

    @bucfanjeff, you mean no more “Air Booty/Back Bumps” with players? My fav coach that used to do that was Tom Landry. <—That guy could soar!

  9. Have A Nice Day Says:

    The season ticket holders got screwed far more than Raheem.

  10. J 2.0 Says:

    “Greg Schiano now has his bosses waving fists of cash around like an old man with a fat money clip at a strip joint. ”

    Very nice Joe, very nice.

  11. That Guy Says:

    Joe sure is obsessed still with Raheem. Weirdo.

  12. Dave D. Says:

    Isn’t Joe supposed to be obsessed with Raheem and everything related to the Bucs?

  13. eric Says:

    Could be that the Glazers viewed him as a stop gap while they worked through whatever issues they had in their empire. If it worked, fine, if not on to plan B.

    Pure speculation of course, just happy we have our old risk taking wanna win owners back now for the coming season.

  14. Yar Says:

    Who’s Raheem Morris ? Can’t remember anyone with that name. Was he with the Bucs in some capacity?

  15. SensibleBuc Says:

    “Just like his predecessor, Greg Schiano surely will be shown the door if he can’t compile respectable results after three seasons.”

    …UNLIKE his predecessor, Greg Schiano will not have to coach up and win immediately with a stripped down and talentless roster/coaching staff in his 1st year.

    Raheem Morris and his “staff” were pawns sacrificed for the greater good of the Glazers’ checkbooks after firing Gru/Allen. He never had a chance. The plan is clear to me now like it was clear to Eric and Thomas back then (kudos gentlemen!): Go lean for a few years while we wade through the Lockout and wait out Gruden’s contract while acquiring young (read: cheap) talent on the roster, THEN try to win again with a new guy. Cut most of the leadership. Lowest payroll in the League. Least talented coaching staff in the League. Youngest team in the league. You don’t do that with another $6 million dollar/year coach at the helm.
    Enter: Raheem Morris & Co. He was young, cheap and would take whatever they gave him like a good company man.

    Do all these factors combine with a young CEO with ZERO leadership experience to make for a successful business model? For example, look at what the Steelers did for Tomlin: Veteran team, veteran coordinators (LeBeau/Arians) and an already constructed and structured organization. Morris and staff received none of that. They had to build it themselves without the experience to do so or the backing of the Glazers. Looking back on the last 3 years it’s no surprise that the Raheem Morris Era ultimately failed due to lack of discipline, etc.

    Don’t get me wrong, Raheem remains culpable for his lack of success but the Glazers showed, at very least, a consistent lack of commitment to contributing to the success of Coach Morris’ regime.

    Raheem got screwed.

  16. ron Says:

    and we got nicks

  17. raphael Says:

    Nicks signed 5yr deal 46 million dollars WITH BUCS… YEAH BABY 111111111111111


    I agree with Eric etc. The last few years have been a money grab. I’m surprised so few people saw it until now.

    “Let’s put basically no money into our product, but keep collecting those television contract checks.”

    I am still on Team DeBartolo. I hope they are just ramping up the value now, before the sale.

  19. Wade Says:

    Raheem didn’t have the maturity, work ethic or preparation ability to lead the team, period. He relied on slick talking/smoke/mirrors to get people to buy-in, and he eventually got tuned out. He’ll won’t be a head coach anytime soon.

  20. jvato24 Says:

    Keep in mind in Raheems initial year the Bucs aimed to supply him with players too ..

    Went hard after Haynesworth … Vilma …

    Got bigtime Mike Clayton .. Which Morris was thrilled with and a big part of … “I DARE SOMEONE TO CHALLENGE THAT RE_SIGNING”

    Derrick “Blowin Wind” Ward from Earth WInd and Fire.

    His 1st year they tried to give him some players

  21. Mikefree7 Says:

    Nicks in the house

  22. OAR Says:

    Raheem screwed himself.
    BTW he’s gone, MOVE ON! I really dont care what happened or why! His record sucked, we sucked…time to change!

  23. Anthony Says:

    Joe, you’re wrong he did get screwed. He was a sacrificial lamb for the Glazers. You can be our head coach, but you can’t pick your staff or your players. If you win great, if you lose—well, we expect you to lose.

  24. Adam Says:

    Raheem didn’t get screwed. If the Bucs threw money at FAs during his regime, there would just be High-Priced players tuning him out.

    I have a theory: Raheem is not very bright. He would flap his gums and eventually after listening to him squawk, the players figured out that he was a moron.

    “From the Raheem Morris Press Conference after the Texans game:
    “Obviously, the only criticism I care about comes from people with (last) names that end with G,” Morris said. “Next, the criticism, his name would have to end with a D and that would be Dominik….”

    I know what he’s trying to say because I’m smarter than the average fan, but Raheem…. Glazer ENDS with R. Dominik ENDS with K.

    You. Are. A. Moron. Not only can’t you call a game, you can’t FREAKIN’ SPELL!!!!”

  25. BucBuckeye Says:

    Anthony – Raheem knew the ropes when he took the job, he was aware that his staff was being selected…and had final say over THAT process when he fired BOTH of the guys the owners felt could be a resource for the growth of the very inexperienced head coach.

    Again, he fired his help before they ever finished the season, one before the season began, so he OWNS his own performance for rolling with his own guys.

    Oh yeah, and the ONE coach that was probably most responsible for the 10 win season…Offensive Line coach Pete Mangurian…was fired immediately after the 10 win season.

    As a head coach, Raheem Morris was a DOLT.

  26. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I don’t care anymore about Raheem as our coach. Thankfully, I’ve moved on. Perhaps our ownership learned a lesson and this is why they’ve now decided to bring in free agents and let the HC choose his own staff. Whatever the reason, I love it and I’m so jealous of all of you living in Tampa that get to go to 8 home games a year.

  27. Patrick Says:

    Raheem did get screwed to an extent. To begin with, the Glazers threw him into the fire way too early when he obviously didn’t have enough experience. Therefore, you need to give him a good supporting cast to help him out. They didn’t do that.