Raheem Morris makes whirlwind ascensi...

Raheem Morris makes whirlwind ascension to Bucs' head coach

There are 47 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jan 16, 2009, titled Raheem Morris makes whirlwind ascension to Bucs' head coach. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

When Jon Gruden stood atop the podium six Januarys ago - Lombardi Trophy raised into the California night and confetti swirling about - the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their championship possibilities seemed ...

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UCF TailGator

Winter Springs, FL

#50 Jan 17, 2009
K Dawg wrote:
Why didn't they just outbid Tennessee for Lane Kiffin? He at least coached a few weeks in the NFL. This Morris is an untested, unproven, unqualified nobody. Did they get scared Denver would actually hire him? They were just trying to abide by the Rooney Rule. Gruden had to go. He could not make it happen again. Joel Glazer's shot at him was, "We are looking to build a team for the long haul to compete every year." Gruden was scrambling and trying to keep his job. He fell way short, and I believe the players made sure he did. But, this hiring of Morris is a joke. I guess with super lib B.O. going in Tuesday, they thought, "Let's give our underachieving players what they want. It will end in tears.
I dont think it was a question of money, Kiffin went to T to coach with his son. I beleive.
UCF TailGator

Winter Springs, FL

#51 Jan 17, 2009
Whoops! Sorry thought you said Monte not Lane. My bad.
Bobby G

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#52 Jan 17, 2009
flarrfan wrote:
Let's address some comments, both informed
Stupid:

This is the worst HC hire since the Raiders hiring of Lane Kiffin.
Speaking of stupid, yea you!

Kiffin was an awful hire in Oakland. The kid had very little experience and no business getting a NFL HC gig, period. Just a few years ago he was scrubbing jocks in Jacksonville. Al Davis is a moron and handled Kiffin's departure very poorly though. He should have never been hired as the HC in the first place.

The Morris hire Tampa is an awful hire also. The guy has an even weaker resume. He may have been a so called "rising" star in the league but he does not have the goods to be a HC yet. He ran a defense at Kansas St for one year now he's going to run the Bucs. That is "stupid"!!!
I'm not in favor of hiring retreads but this is insane. There are far more qualified and deserving coaches out there who have earned a shot. Obviously this was a cheap hire and that was probably a major factor. The Bucs will be back in the coaching market in a year or two. Hopefully they will have the needed warchest then to land a real HC.
Hector the Projector

Saint Petersburg, FL

#53 Jan 18, 2009
The Buck-In-Ears will find themselves as the bottom feeders of the NFC-South division for a few years.
Chris Harry

Ft Mitchell, KY

#55 Jan 18, 2009
As the author of this story (and in defense of my profession), I had to ask: How did the Tampa media chase Jon Gruden out of town? We didn't lose the last four games of the season; we just wrote about them.

Thank you all for reading and writing.

-Chris Harry
Orlando Sentinel

PS: To the poster who suggested the Glazers are notoriously cheap, that is an ill-informed statement. I have a two-word retort to that assertion: Hugh Culverhouse.
Procurator

Orlando, FL

#57 Jan 18, 2009
Chris Harry wrote:
As the author of this story (and in defense of my profession), I had to ask: How did the Tampa media chase Jon Gruden out of town? We didn't lose the last four games of the season; we just wrote about them.
Thank you all for reading and writing.
-Chris Harry
Orlando Sentinel
PS: To the poster who suggested the Glazers are notoriously cheap, that is an ill-informed statement. I have a two-word retort to that assertion: Hugh Culverhouse.
Hugh Culverhouse is under Cheap in NFL Dictionary.
Procurator

Orlando, FL

#58 Jan 18, 2009
Bobby G wrote:
<quoted text>
Speaking of stupid, yea you!
Kiffin was an awful hire in Oakland. The kid had very little experience and no business getting a NFL HC gig, period. Just a few years ago he was scrubbing jocks in Jacksonville. Al Davis is a moron and handled Kiffin's departure very poorly though. He should have never been hired as the HC in the first place.
The Morris hire Tampa is an awful hire also. The guy has an even weaker resume. He may have been a so called "rising" star in the league but he does not have the goods to be a HC yet. He ran a defense at Kansas St for one year now he's going to run the Bucs. That is "stupid"!!!
I'm not in favor of hiring retreads but this is insane. There are far more qualified and deserving coaches out there who have earned a shot. Obviously this was a cheap hire and that was probably a major factor. The Bucs will be back in the coaching market in a year or two. Hopefully they will have the needed warchest then to land a real HC.
Our next President fits your description and like the new coach in Tampa both will succeed.

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