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Raheem Morris: International Man of Mystery

Tampa Bay Head Coach Raheem Morris
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Will walkerContributor IFebruary 10, 2011

When it comes to player history, Raheem Morris is an interesting man. Maybe even more interesting than Rex Ryan himself. While many other coaches focus on trying to succeed using the most well known superstars in the NFL, Raheem Morris tries to deal with the talent he already has. He's capable of winning games without a Drew Brees, a Ray Lewis or an Ed Reed. Infact, in 2010 he became the first coach in NFL history since the merger to start 10 rookies and still manage a winning record! This is probably because of Morris's relaxed style. He's the opposite of today's stereotypical coach, screaming at referees and the players when they screw up. He's all about team chemistry and young, athletic players that might not win right now, but set an example for the future. It's a formula that equals success.


There's a reason for that. Several other coaches, including Jimmy Johnson, have tried this method and strung it to perfection. For example, everyone thought Jimmy was out of his mind when he traded Herschel Walker to the Vikings for a few draft picks. At least, until Johnson's younger, more athletic players proved their worth. Morris follows a similar story. In his first year, Morris did away with Derrick Brooks, Phillip Buchanan, Anthony McFarland and Jeff Garcia. While the impact at the time was unfortunate, it paid of next year when the younger players began to develop. Is Morris a Jimmy Johnson? Not exactly, but he could become one.


Of course, when you think of Morris, you think of chemistry. So it isn't a surprise to learn that one of his current players, star QB Josh Freeman, had met Morris before, at Kansas State. Though Morris was only with Freeman and Kansas State for a year, they got along very well. "I was lucky enough to be there when he came in as a freshman and I watched him lead us and beat teams." said Morris. "We didn't have a whole lot of talent around us, but every time he walked on that field, no matter who we were playing that week, whether it was Texas or FIU. It didn't matter. You felt like you had a chance to win with this guy leading you. We didn't always do it. He wasn't able to lead them to as many wins as he would've liked to in his career. Hopefully, he can do that here. I'm actually positive and excited about him coming and doing it here."


The truth is, I didn't like Morris when he first came in. I hated him. I honestly thought he was the worst coach in the NFL. But on the other hand, who didn't. His rise to glory has been a complete surprise, and too think he's only in the start of his fruitful career. Rock on Radio Rah, rock on.

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