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December 22, 2011 @ 3:52 pm
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The Humbling of Raheem Morris and Co.

Written by Chidi
Chidi Ahanotu


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This has been a humbling 2011 season for Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris, general manager Mark Dominik and quarterback Josh Freeman, who all need a big dose of humility after a surprising 10-6 record last year.

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled,” (Mt 23:12)

Raheem Morris, Josh Freeman and Mark Dominik all are witnessing a forging. A forging being tempered by flames of humility shaping and strengthening like fire does to steel.

Eight-game losing streaks tend to do that to a man.

When I met Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman for the first time it was in Miami at the 2010 ESPN Super Bowl Party held at the Fountain Blue Hotel. Freeman had just finished his first season in the NFL. I happened upon a distinguished man who offered me a cigar – it was Josh Freeman’s father, Ron. A most delightful and pleasant man whom engaged in a nice conversation with a stranger. For at that moment Mr. Freeman had no idea who I was, nor I him. We talked at length and during the exploits of our conversation soon my name and past profession in the NFL was revealed to Mr. Freeman, and his as a professional football player to me.

Upon finding out that this warm soul I had the pleasure to make acquaintance was actually Josh’s dad, I fully expected when I met his famous offspring that I’d be met with the same warm, genuine embrace. Josh Freeman himself soon walked up alone and his dad introduced me.

Eager, Mr. Freeman said, “Hey Josh, this is Chidi Ahanotu. He played nine years for the Buccaneers. He was the franchise player.”

With a haughty air of arrogance and utter disregard, without looking at me, Josh offered a quick limp hand shake to me and said only, “Hey. C’mon dad. Let’s go”. And Josh walked away.

His dad looked at me as if to apologize for his son, offered a quick parting hand shake and hurried off to catch up with his son.

Each of the few times after this when I was introduced to Josh Freeman, I was greeted by the same ego-filled disdain. Yes, I was introduced to him every time I was in front of him. You see, Josh never remembers who I am. Josh never takes it upon himself to say hello to a former Buccaneer. Or Josh just doesn’t give a damn who I am and doesn’t care.

A year later in the summer of 2011, Morris and Freemen were sitting in the same golf cart at a Plant High School charity golf tourney. After standing at their cart for a good while chatting with Morris, he says, “Chidi, you know Josh Freeman, no?”

“Hey Josh, this is former Buccaneer, Chidi Ahanotu.”

Freeman says, “Hey.”

Quick, limp handshake. Barely looks at me.

When the foundation of a man is an ego-filled, pound-on-your-chest arrogance, more often than not he’s setting himself up for a steep fall. Morris is such a man. Freeman is such a man.

The Good Book says pride is the first step to destruction. It is a slippery slope to build around. You see, when the basis of your “schtick” is based on this type of ego-filled, pound-on-your-chest arrogance, it does not leave much room to account for a little thing called failure.

Losing eight in a row tends to bruise egos a bit to say the least, making it very hard to maintain a leadership role that was built wholeheartedly on ego. How do you keep your men following you? What do you say? How do you face your men? How do you face yourself?

There’s not much left to say.

The entire core of your mantra has been unequivocally obliterated.

All that’s left is vapors.

Ask the great, future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, how his famous pre-game rants will be received after the Ravens got demolished 34-14 like they did this past Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers.

Ray Lewis: “Are my dawgs in the house?!”

Ravens: “WOOF, Woof, woof, woo … aw heck, Ray, can’t we just skip this barking just once?”

Stoic coaches like the great Dallas Cowboy former head Coach Tom Landry, the poised Tony Dungy, and the infamously boorish Bill Bellichik, never had to worry about falling down a slope so steep because win or lose, they maintained the same demeanor and same approach. This attribute is what made playing for Dungy so great for me and other players that are endeared to him.

But when coaches ride on highs of emotion when their team wins and defiant brash spouts when their team loses; after a while the folks that are following your lead start to notice that all that daring talk doesn’t always equate to attaining wins or prevent getting totally blown out in games. Just ask the infamously brazen New York Jets head coach Rob Ryan how his brash predictions are being received in his locker room.

The defiant, brash, ego-filled, pound-on-your-chest method of leading eventually falls on deaf ears when you are losing.

Eight-straight losses tend to spark this loss of belief and loss of fervor.

The Bucs' leaders, led by Dominik, who can be equally arrogant and ego-fueled as his head coach and his starting quarterback, are indeed being humbled. This trio of men has a commonality that is reason for their arrogant foundation. That similarity is that all three men rose to the top from the bottom of obscurity in the pro football biz.

They all had something to prove to the world that seemed to have forced them to begin their rise from the humble stoop whence they came from. Hence a chip was born on each of their shoulders that bred contempt and fueled their mission. Dominik was essentially a gopher in his early days with the Bucs. Morris was very much the same at the bottom of the totem pole. And Freeman … well, I don’t think many folks had even heard of him before the Bucs made him their first pick in the 2009 draft.

Humbling is a painful process. When you are stripped of ego and ripped of pride, the eventual end product is a thing called growth. I hope everyone knew that this building-from-within youth movement would take a very strong resolve to stick to the plan even in the face of pains such as these.

Dismantling the team, the head coach, or the GM, would make a lie to the whole youth movement plan. What did folks think? That building a team from scratch would be easy?

Because of this humbling, in 2012 Buc fans will witness a blossoming from these leaders. Success is in their future … if Morris makes it all the way to this future. Maybe the youth movement carries on without its young head coach.

After all, the Bucs owners have to appease the angry mob of fans clamoring for Morris’ head on a stick and appease the fans threatening to not buy season tickets anymore. Maybe Morris is replaced with a seasoned former head coach with Super Bowl-winning credentials and becomes the new leader of this youth movement.

This humbling of Morris & Co. may have destroyed their confidence altogether, maybe never to be seen again. A look at the faces of Morris and his players on the sidelines and on the field during games is the look of men stripped of their core essence and humbled to no end.

No more chest-pounding. No more brash brazen daring rants. No more lofty, ego-filled spring in their gait as they strut about.

Even the great “Prime Time” Deion Sanders stated on the NFL Network coverage that these Bucs have quit on each other and quit on Morris. Heck, even Morris has been accused by some of looking like he has quit on his team. It’s to be expected when you have been humbled to such a degree after pounding your chest, declaring how good you are and exclaiming what you are going to do to the NFL.

Let us see if the Bucs' owners give Morris, Freeman and Dominik a chance to grow from this humbling and prove that they can rise from the ashes. Let us see if Dominik uses this lesson learned and arm his head coach with a more talented roster than Dominik assumed he had. Dominik needs to get some proven, seasoned veteran talent, such as a deep-threat wide receiver to stretch the field and a true vocal veteran leader at the linebacker position.

Let us see if Morris uses this lesson learned to tweak his head coaching leadership style to a more fundamentally sound mantra and more humble war cry. Let’s see if Freeman uses this lesson learned and tweak his approach to how he treats people and how he treats this game of football … with respect and humility.

Or maybe the humbling of Raheem Morris & Co. ends up with the entire gang of them smoldering on a pile of dosed out ashes tossed out on the curb.

Humbling tends to do that too.

Chidi Ahanotu was an NFL defensive end for 12 seasons, including eight with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1993-2000). Ahanotu is the fifth all-time leading sacker in Buccaneers history with 34.5 QB captures. His career-high 10 sacks in 1997 helped the Bucs make the playoffs for the first time in 13 years and led to him being Tampa Bay's franchise player in 1998. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent Pewtereport.com.

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    Taken in a vacuum it shows Josh doesnt much care about Chidi. Fine. Could he have at least faked interest. I guess. However since we have no idea of what was going on with him - it's a bit presumptuos to assume he's just an overinflated egomanica dbag. However if it fits someone need to feel he is, go for it.
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    I love this article. I love Coach Raheem and his young energy but the one wordt that keeps ringing in my head is 'overconfident.' The entire team has been embarassed this year, and hopefully it will inspire them wo work as hard as a young Michael Jordan in the offseason. Moreover, I remember watching you Chidi during the golden years. You were solid! A great DE that stopped the run and constantly pressured the QB. I was and still am a big fan of yours. Thanks for all you did to make those seasons so magical for me as a teenager. And well done on this essay. In regards to Josh, don't you think that maybe he might have some kind of social disorder? He might be really shy not arrogant.
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    Chidi, Thank you for sharing your opinion, and doing so without being offensive. I have no problem with you sharing your personal experiences with the subjects of the article to back-up your opinions. We ALL do that, and some of the guys here throwing you under the bus need to look in the mirrors once in a while. If "I" had the same experienced you did, I would feel the same way. I did with Mike Alstott, and have gone from being a fan of his to not caring if he disappears from the planet. He might be a great guy, but my one on one moment with him pissed me off and left me totally disenchanted. That being said, it always bothers me when Freeman says "he is a better QB this year than last" and seems to no untroubled by his poor performances. It is either a veneer to cover his deflating ego (the press would smell blood for sure) or he truly thinks he is "all that". I'd like to know if you think that Olson or Van Pelt are afraid to shake him up and instill some urgency and humility into Freeman? One last thing Chidi, if you are willing to accept it (I used to work in print media)...don't let the trolls get under your skin. Good writers don't write puff pieces, they challenge the sheeple's opinions with logic and reason. Ignore the personal attacks or you will just feed the trolls with your replies. Anyone who is a good writer attracts hate and respect, not always in equal doses.
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    Hey Chidi, No hate here. I know who you are and i remember fondly screaming to you to give us one more sack back in the day. Usually you came through game after game. And let me add that it is so cool that you're able and willing to write so well. I'm stunned at your accounts of interacting with Freeman. That is, until i think about it a little bit more. I guess that aloofness that we have all noticed in him is, in fact, just well disguised arrogance. That's a shame, and, as you say, that's going to be tempered one way or another. This makes me think about Tim Tebow. Say what you want about his play. No one can call that guy arrogant. He's on bended knee more often than not and notice how people respond to it. We as humans have a built in gauge for self-aggrandizement. People instinctively know that pride goes before a fall. They also know that arrogant people are generally intolerable to be around. Great article. Thanks for the straight scoop.
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    Thats ashame to hear Freeman is a D-bag. He seems like such a nice guy. You would think he would be glad to meet someone like Chidi. The way Chidi describes his interactions with Freeman is disappointing. I absolutely HATE when people act like that upon meeting someone, lose all respect for that person. You'd like to think the guys you cheer for every week are stand up guys, but i know thats not the case. Morris definitely had their heads inflated this season. I'm even starting to question if Freeman is the QB we thought he was last year. This year he sucks! Chidi was the man on our team back in the day and helped our team win a SB and for Freeman to treat him like that (even if he was in a hurry or something) shows total lack of respect for the franchise. Our whole team is an embarrasment this year! I am embarrassed when our HC gets an unsportsman like conduct penalty from the sidelines(no wonder the rest of the team gets so many), when Talib is freestyling to Parker on the sidelines (maybe he should pay attention to the game), and when Blount is involved in some sort of altercation with a fan of all things (granted I have no idea what the situation was). Losing 8 straight on top of that is really embarassing! We were all skeptical when they brought Morris in and then drafted Freeman first round, but last year we were all drinking the kool-aid with ten wins. We're like the raiders from the 90's and Morris likes it that way. We have some sort of thug mentality and as a fan thats not how I want my team represented, Nor do i want my city represented that way! Blount please dont mess with the fans that cheer for you! Your the man Chidi and thanks for your time with our team!
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    Well, I hope Free can get his ego in check. I'd hate for him to end up another Jeff George. It's a shame that this young team believed all the offseason hype about themselves. Unfortunately youth often has an arrogance and that's how they've decided to build the team. I'm not opposed to that, but maybe they should sprinkle some proven players into the line up. I think that would've helped these young guys. Hopefully they will this year. Go Bucs!
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    This was an eye opener. There is NO DOUBT that the success, stats, and praise from the pundits had an affect of Josh. He kept trying to make throws he NEVER should have tried. I believe it caused him to hold on to the ball too long believing him could make something happen. More often that not he took a sack that NEVER should have happened. If being humbled makes him a better player, then it is good. We all can' t be Tim Tebow. I don't know about Morris and Dominick being arrogant, but after giving Quincy Black a $29,000,000 contract either their judgment or intelligence should be questioned! Chidi, I have tickets going back to 1976. You ARE one of the best DE's in Buc lore.
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    Without any question a record of eight straight losses should be a character builder. As a former you should be treated with more respect as you have something to teach, but youth often is hubris, and the only way it an learn is with eight losses.(or more) Great column Chidi.
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    Wow, there certainly is negative feelings towards me. Some posters on here believe that I myself am arrogant and full of ego. And some posters think that I was a nobody. You know, whether my legacy was as a nobody or a super star its all good. All I do know is that I was drafted in the lowly 6th round, wasn't even expected to make the team but earned the starting position and started pretty much every game since my rookie year in 1993 to the time I retired in 2005, rose up to be named the Franchise Player, and made history as the 5th ranked All Time on the Buccaneer Franchise Sack list. Josh Freemen was drafted in the 1st round, was given his starting position, has been a part of 2 out of his 3 season as one of the reason the Bucs have had horrible losing seasons, and is now one of the worst QB in the NFL. There is a big difference. And last I checked it takes 11 guys on defense to be great. Hardy, Brooks, Sapp, Lynch, and Ronde are all tremendous players and I love them all. But last I checked the 5 of them did not win all those games on defense by themselves. It takes 11 guys. Lastly, whether it is a superstar or a regular Joe, there is a proper way to greet folks. Last I knew I never had a reputation to be a jerk to people in this town. I have been a part of this community since 1993. Have had extensive involvement in charities and giving back to this community for many years. If anyone out there, who did not deserve it, has been treated rude or disrespected by me or heard of someone who was treated rudely by me who didn't deserve it, please let me know
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    Chidi, thank you for responding because that helped me a lot in understanding what you were trying to say. I get that now. Thank you for playing for us and thank you for writing these articles.
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    Mr. Ahonotu -- I've heard different things about different players (mostly Sapp), but not had any first-hand experience. I take third-hand accounts with a grain of salt, but give your experience greater weight for a number of reasons: (1) Never heard anything negative about you (2) you earned your "spot", your respect (3) you held your tongue for a WHILE (you're new to the column overall, still). Don't know about Morris (I have some insight as to "maturity", again, third-hand, but from folks I trust) but I wholly see problems with Freeman. What I initially saw as confidence and grace under pressure has been, this season, starkly contrasted with Cam Newton. Cam has been praised all season, but everything I've heard and read he's been aggressively disappointed, unhappy, upset. "The numbers don't matter, we're still losing, I'm not USED to losing, don't want to talk about me until we're winning". Mr. Ahonotu (this is my sign of respect for what you've done), I believe you knew you'd be putting yourself out there for negative feedback by posting this article. I've been (quite recently) in situations like this where "things" have gotten to a breaking point and simply came to a point where for the good of moving forward, for the good of the "team", having the full and complete truth out there clearly outweighed my own, slightly guilty feeling of throwing someone under the bus. Sometimes its painful, but at least every once in a while, success demands someone be thrown under that bus. Again, I suspect the manner and timing by which this article came about was quite important and I thank you for it. If I'd played for the team and bled pewter, as i'm sure you do, I'd view a lack of change for 2012 as a personal insult. 48-16, 4 turnovers at the 6:30 4Q mark, Newton done for the day, literally as I type. I feel profoundly let down and disappointed.
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    "The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent Pewtereport.com." What? I thought Chidi just came on board? That's weak... I think this is a great article from a guy who knows what he is talking about. Chidi was a heck of a player for the Bucs and I will trust and believe in his takes/views on the current situation. Chidi, thank you for your insight, we need more insider type articles like this. Tell it like it is!
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    Could be true. I don't know Chidi and I've only met the people he mentioned in this article briefly during autograph signings at training camps. They all seemed personable and humble to me, but that was in 2010. I didn't attend training camp this past summer due to the brief offseason and lack of prep time. I do believe everyone in the Bucs organization has been humbled now whether they were arrogant before or not.
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    I don't disagree with the youth movement approach but this team had better make some serious veteran splashes in FA this year. You can't completely go 100% youth, you need at least 5 to 6 good veteran players to hold the youth accountable.
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    Speaking of arrogance, how did Mr. Freeman(Josh's dad) know you were the Franchise Playa? Hi I'm Chidi,Rich Mckay made the mistake of making me the franchise player when they had great players like Brooks,Sapp,Lynch,and Hardy. When I signed my tender the Bucs could not use the tag for the duration of my contract. Your pleasure to meet me!
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    No not saying Josh Freemen, Mark Dominik or Raheem Morris are bad guys. This article is about humbling. And the NFL is an unforgiving sport that humbles the best of us. Playing and working in the NFL requires humility and respect of the game. The article's reference to arrogance and ego fueled is simply meaning their make up and how this adversely affects the position they find themselves now losing 8 in a row.
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    Great article again, Chidi - BUT... I can't tell anything about the arrogance of Freeman or Morris, but I've met Mark Dominik and can tell you guys, that I've seldom met such a great guy like him. After the NO game in Tampa, he met a friend of mine in front of the stadium. They were talking about how his wife's from Germany, like us and what not. The friend was telling him, that usually there's a friend with him in Tampa for the games (me), but I couldn't make it because of my little babygirl. The day before the CHI game in London, we saw Brad Johnson, Jimmy Giles, the Glazers coming out of their hotel to enter a bus. When Mark Dominik passed us, he recognized my friend with the words "WHAT! You again?", asked me jokingly where I was last game and questioned my commitment to the team (smiling), and congratulated me to my daughter. All that happened, while everybody else (including the Glazers) was sitting in the bus, waiting for their GM, taking some time for fans from Germany. That was not an arrogant guy, we've met that day.
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    Personalities and performance don't always match. Good guys don't always finish first! I don't know the players or coaches up close and personal as you describe them, nor have I heard this from enough people to have an informed opinion, so I must put your words into that wide, but respected, category of "that's your opinion" as opposed to accepted public opinion. I do know that there is a big difference between arrogance and incompetence and the worst case is to suffer from both!
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    This article seems a bit hypocritical to me while distburbing at the same time. Chidi I usually love your articles...but part of this one seems backwards. You talk about ego, yet you state at how appalled you are that Freeman didn't recognize the great Chidi...the franchise player, and didn't immediately grovel at your feet. With that being said, do I think Freemans reaction was right....no. NFL players should take time to show fan support and be genuine in these interactions, its a part of the job and becoming of a leader.
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    An eye-opening article for sure. Thank you for giving us the non-public relations view of Freeman. He has done a great job on TV and radio interviews, but that is all fluff. What you are talking about is the real person. Frankly, the Bucs aren't very likeable. They lack the character of the Brooks and Alstott era. The fact is, we don't know them as most of them come to Tampa, play, pick up a check and go to wherever they go. They have no roots in the community and apparently don't want to. I have an idea some of them might be headed to a residence with bars and guards. This team is strange, in a word. Couple that with owners who rarely comment on anything be it good or bad and you have a team disconnected with its fan base. This is the worst I've ever seen things in Bucs history. It's sad.
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    As always Chidi, you write a thought-provoking and insightful piece. You should know by now that if you, in any way, attempt to offer up a reason, such as a lack of humility of the three key members of the team, as the reason for the decline, rather than the perceived penny-pinching ways of the Glazers, you are going to be ridiculed. I offered a comment in another article suggesting essentially the same rationale. I called it the "Michael Clayton Syndrome" which is having an inflated opinion of oneself. The early and unexpected success of 2010 was the catalyst that caused the wide-spread infection. There was no need to prepare for the journey when they thought they already were at the destination. Problem was, they took too many shortcuts to get there. Consistency and long-term success are what makes you good. That's why they invented the terms "One Year Wonder" and "Flash in the Pan." The question is, will the team survive Michael Clayton Syndrome or flounder as #80 did until his once promising career faded out of sight? Perhaps if the Glazers had paid him more. Oh, that's right, they did.
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    Wow! Fantastic insight - great article Chidi!
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    amen! thor67
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    I am not surprised, even tho I am a "little" surprised, to hear that Josh is arogant. I got that with the slow starts when I would see him walk slowly onto the field and into the huddle...laughing and telling jokes it looked like. It also looked like a he was taking a stroll onto the field, his field. No urgency, no business like demeanor. Same in TC. Casual. Like he was above the hustle. Compare that to Clayborn who hustled Donald Penn onto his butt and pushed him back almost every play AND would run full out all the way to the goal line even tho the play was over as a way of finishing a game time situation...full speed, every snap every play. Freeman is a cool number as in detached. I don't think he got how bad he got. I noticed that Freeman would get a bit mad in the last quarter and literally COME TO LIFE.... Its a problem. Will he change and grow up?
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    Chidi, you certainly know how to stir up us Buc Fans. Josh Freeman has never given me the impression that he is "arrogant"; far from it. All I know is that Josh wants to do good. I agree with many of the "Soundoffs" especially about the Glazer's. They have caused a lot of this and I hope they take responsibility for it by showing us fans that they truly care about this team. We need some coaching help and some money spent on some free agents that can help this team. It's not like the Glazer's aren't making multiple millions on this team because they are. I own some real estate property and some years I have to spend more on fixing them up than other years, but I still make money just not as much. The Glazer's should do the same. Just like tenants: if properties aren't kept up then nobody will rent them; this goes the same for the Glazer's who have to do the same if they want to sell their product.
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    Chidi, you certainly know how to stir up us Buc Fans. Josh Freeman has never given me the impression that he is "arrogant"; far from it. All I know is that Josh wants to do good. I agree with many of the "Soundoffs" especially about the Glazer's. They have caused a lot of this and I hope they take responsibility for it by showing us fans that they truly care about this team. We need some coaching help and some money spent on some free agents that can help this team. It's not like the Glazer's aren't making multiple millions on this team because they are. I own some real estate property and some years I have to spend more on fixing them up than other years, but I still make money just not as much. The Glazer's should do the same. Just like tenants: if properties aren't up then nobody will rent them; this goes the same for the Glazer's who have to do the same if they want to sell their product.
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    Sounds to me like the players, management, and writers all have chips on their shoulders. Chidi, I as a Buc fan would be more than humbled and gracious to meet and shake hands with you..but just because Josh didn't know who you were and or was too wrapped up in the event you all were attending to give you the meet and greet courtesy that you thought you deserved, doesn't make him arrogant...As far as Morris goes, he was forced to lead a team with no leaders, just a bunch of barely into their 20's kids...As a head coach, what would your strategy be for trying to get these kids that you are expected to coach and get to play like experienced men be, other than beating your chest right along with them and trying to get them to believe in themselves?? You don't think the people in Carolina's locker room and head coach included are Kissin Cam's !@!#, telling him that he's great and just keep up what he's doing and someday he will be great?? You actually think they're telling their number one draft pick that he ain't all that? C'mon...Raheem has done more with less than ANY other head coach and if there's blame to go around, why doesn't it get placed at the feet of those who are too cheap to come off of any money to bring in a worthy FA or two?? And that AIN'T RAHEEM!!!! Was it not Raheem who stated publicy that if he had the choice, "no rookie middle linebacker will be starting and calling the plays in my defense," yet there goes Mason Foster into the fire without the last starting linebacker to ever recieve the tuteledge of both Quarles and Brooks on the roster to mentor him...Raheem may be too chummy with some of his players but after the way this year has played out, do you actually think he would approach his coaching next year in the same manner?? Do you recognize the bible verse that reads, "the whole head is sick." Tell me how with owners that won't spend a frickin dime on their teams roster in regards to bringing in worthwhile FA's to fill the talent gaps, that the great Vince Lombardi himself gets it done in Raheems place under these owners would you please?
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    It's a very thought provoking article Chidi. It makes a lot of sense to me. Will they grow from this humbling experience and be better for it. Or is it over? And I wonder If Raheem wants to plead his case and state his plan for the future, can he go straight to the Glazers or does he have to go through Dominick?
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    I don't know about arrogance and I don't know who the real blame goes to. Whether it was the owners not wanting to pay, the GM being stubborn or the coach being stubborn but this team is where its at simply because of no veteran leadership especially on defense. This team is simply too young.
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    Thats the biggest pile of crap ever chidi...The bucs suck because their coaching sucks. They don't have ANY experience at all. zero. Why as PAYING fans should we have to wait YEARS for morris to gain this experience before we get a good team? He needs to do what EVERY SUCCESSFUL coach in the nfl has always done. GET MENTORING! The truth is, as we all know, the glazers didn't believe in Morris, they gifted him the position because he was cheap. The truth is, they're not building through the draft (at least not properly) because they believe this will make them better. They're doing it because its cheaper! Everyone knows you have to have leadership with experience on a team to do well. The truth is, the Glazers are taking this savings and spending it on their soccer team Manchester United. DON'T BLOW SMOKE UP OUR ASSES CHIDI!!! We're devoted fans that keep up with whats going on and we know when we're being cheated and we don't like it....FIRE MORRIS AND THE ENTIRE COACHING STAFF!!!! It's not personal, it's business, it's football, it's about winning!!!
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    Before everyone buys ONE PERSONS opinion of another, let me just say I too met Josh Freeman, on the night before his 2009 start, his first victory. He signed my buddies helmet, and it was AT ONE BUC at an event held for former 1979 Bucs players. Now most of the current Bucs at that time didnt really mingle too much with the older players, the function was FOR the 79 Bucs, and the Bucs meetings ran over, so they came pooring out of the rooms and into the chow hall where we were. I saw Josh Freeman get into a 20 minute conversation with this guy, who was a complete nobody. I dont doubt the validity of this story, and like I said, my event was BEFORE Josh's first game. But I find it hard to believe he would change that much over one 10 win season. Raheem Morris was quite friendly to me, and he stopped and talked to all sorts of older Buc players. I was a guest of the Glazers that night, one of only three people NOT family of the 79 Bucs. Even Media didn't know about the event.
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    Michael Irving said it best. The worst thing to happen to this team was the lockout. To many handshake about a good job and not enough working on improvement. We saw the results when this young team had a full off-season. Let's add some vets, make changes with the OC and DC and see what this team can do. As always the cap space is there. I also like how he bought up Mark D. No one seems to be calling for his job when failing to make moves has hurt this team just as bad as the coaching.
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    can't get rid of mark d. because he just signed a contract extension. As far as results of a full season go...Last year they had a creampuff schedule. They lost every game that was against a playoff contender team. In fact i think they only had one win against a team with a winning record. Don't count the last game against the saints cause they didn't play their starters.
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    Wow!!! Great article. It captures and exposes the arrogance of both Dominick and Morris. ( and Freeman as well).....and the fact that their ego maniacle arrogance may have cost them their jobs. Well written, quite eloquent!
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    FYI, it's REX Ryan. Rob is the DC for the Cowboys.
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    This is't a chip!! This is an insight to a real problem. If this is true about Freeman and I believe Chidi on this one then it's not hard to see the quit in this team. Hard to play when QB when your head is in your *censored*@!@
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    Well, does somebody else has a chip on his shoulder?
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