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Mark Dominik makes case for Raheem Morris to be coach of the year

Raheem Morris

When we saw that Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik opined earlier this week that coach Raheem Morris should be named the NFL’s coach of the year for 2010 (the Associated Press, not the NFL, hands out that award), we were skeptical.

First, Dominik has a bias.

Second, the Bucs didn’t make it to the playoffs.

So we gave Dominik a chance to make his case on today’s edition of ProFootballTalk Live, and he convinced me.  If I had a vote, I’d vote for Raheem Morris.

Listen to what Dominik had to say and cast your own ballot in the comments.

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39 Responses to “Mark Dominik makes case for Raheem Morris to be coach of the year”
  1. dasboat says: Jan 6, 2011 2:43 PM

    Nobody did more with less than Morris. They had 25 guys from the class of 2010 (draft choices or undrafted) — that’s amazing. And they kept playing well, even as starters continued to go onto IR.

    I’m a Bucs fan that was very skeptical when they cut Brooks, Dunn, June and other vets two years ago. But I believe now.

  2. rameyag says: Jan 6, 2011 2:52 PM

    The Jags have seen this nightmare before.

    They overachieved in 2007.

    The owner gave Del Rio and Garrard big multi-year deals.

    In fact, Garrard was paid more this season than Tom Brady.

    And, folks, how did that work for the Jags?

    Their fans are stuck with Del Rio and Garrard for 2011, with no end to mediocrity in sight.

    Listen, if Morris makes it happen again in 2011, he will have earned a big extension, but it isn’t as if someone is going to steal him away from the Bucs.

  3. raiderdave says: Jan 6, 2011 2:52 PM

    One of the many reasons Al Davis fired Lane Kiffin was because Kiffin wanted Morris as DC. Looks like both guys have landed on their feet while Al continues to set the Raiders back. Morris and the young Bucs have a very bright future, even in one of the league’s toughest divisions.

  4. xofootballer says: Jan 6, 2011 2:55 PM

    No playoffs… Didn’t defeat a team with winning record until last game of season when the Saints sat starters for most of second half…
    What about Harbaugh, BAL, Haley in KC?
    I could name a half dozen coaches for coach of the year before I even think of the name Raheem.
    Stupid.

  5. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 6, 2011 3:04 PM

    The loud voiice plays on a loop “You Can’t be serious”.
    Mac making my point, really.

    How about just calling it CoY who isn’t BB?

    While we are at it,
    MVP who isn’t TFB?

    Everyone happy with that?

    That way we can be nice to the ones who lost less than normal, and in time, someday might in fact be good,
    so they deserve to feel good award.

    It can be like T-Ball for the kiddies, where we don’t bother keeping score.

    Because that is really insensitive, all that score keeping and counting wins and being the best, and something.

  6. tiffpats4eva says: Jan 6, 2011 3:19 PM

    If the award actually means Coach of The Year, Bill Belichick is the only coach who has earned it this season. Look what he has done with that very young defense and how they have reinvented that offense.

    Morris is a nice story, but his team lost a couple of key games towards the end of the season. Sorry.

    Del Rio – his team hit a wall and stopped

  7. tombradyswig says: Jan 6, 2011 3:25 PM

    Good Call…. it’s a toss up b/n Morris and Haley!!
    Anywho, great work gents!!!!!

  8. enders9 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:26 PM

    So a coach who was able to win one (meaningless) game against a team with a winning record, and missed the playoffs, should be coach of the year because his team had a bunch of rookies on it?

    Tampa Bay’s success this season came from an easy schedule, not from a coach who will be sitting at home watching the playoffs from his couch.

  9. tbtrojan says: Jan 6, 2011 3:31 PM

    xofootballer, it’s nice of you to mention that the Bucs were already leading and had the game in hand when the Saints started sitting guys.
    When did people find iit ok to just pick the parts of a story that fit their opinion?

    Oh BTW that 2 years running the Bucs went into New Orleans and came out as winners, I guess it was just “luck” both times.

  10. lleesman725 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:37 PM

    xofootballer says: Jan 6, 2011 2:55 PM

    No playoffs… Didn’t defeat a team with winning record until last game of season when the Saints sat starters for most of second half…
    What about Harbaugh, BAL, Haley in KC?
    I could name a half dozen coaches for coach of the year before I even think of the name Raheem.
    Stupid.

    For calling someone stupid, you should possibly look in the mirror.
    The Saints didn’t rest their starters for most of the second half. They took Breese out with 9 minutes left in the 4th quarter…and they were BEHIND by a TD. Ignorant comments like that prove that you have no credibility.
    I think it’s honestly Morris or Belichick. Both have made their case, and I think Morris will win because New England does this every year. While that isn’t fair, if they had Coach of the Century, it would be called the Bill Belichick award.

  11. PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 6, 2011 3:41 PM

    Seriously? A successful season should be the first requirement for a CoY award and to achieve that you first have to make the playoffs. Be real.

  12. lleesman725 says: Jan 6, 2011 3:53 PM

    PFTiswhatitis says: Jan 6, 2011 3:41 PM

    Seriously? A successful season should be the first requirement for a CoY award and to achieve that you first have to make the playoffs. Be real.

    By your theory that would make the Seahawks a successful team. Pete Carroll for CoY!

  13. pastabelly says: Jan 6, 2011 3:58 PM

    The Patriots are starting 5 new players on offense and 5 on defense as Belichick took what many thought as a rebuilding year to 14-2 and 6-1 against playoff teams. Nobody had a better year coaching than he did and he did this without an offensive coordinator or a defensive coordinator. The team improved the most as the season went on and the minimal penalties and record breaking low turnover number is a tribute to good coaching. It was the second best (2001 was his best) coaching job of Belichick’s career. Like Vick and the MVP award, if you want to give this award to someone who did something unexpected, than Morris gets it. If you want to give it to the best coached team, it goes to Belichick.

  14. elyasm says: Jan 6, 2011 4:05 PM

    Coach of the Year:

    1. Bill Belichick
    2. Todd Haley
    3. Raheem Morris

    I mean, really, when you look at the number of first and second year players on the Patriots, the improvements in the defense over the course of the season and the fact that they completely redesigned the offense over the course of a bye week, is there any argument? 14-2 from a team that most expected wouldn’t even win the division is a hell of a feat.

  15. bucbearpig says: Jan 6, 2011 4:13 PM

    0 pro-bowl players & 10 wins from a bunch of rookies. He deserves consideration for keeping that group of players in the playoff race up until the end. The Saints-Bucs game @ the end of the season did not start as a pointless game at the time.

    Belichick did ‘coach’ McDaniels on how to cheat, he still needs some work apparently…

  16. grudenthediva says: Jan 6, 2011 4:14 PM

    “So a coach who was able to win one (meaningless) game against a team with a winning record, and missed the playoffs, should be coach of the year because his team had a bunch of rookies on it?

    Tampa Bay’s success this season came from an easy schedule, not from a coach who will be sitting at home watching the playoffs from his couch.

    Funny because Atlanta had the same schedule. So did New Orleans. Are they knocked down because they feasted upon the same clubs? Nahh, that would conflict with your narrative and get in the way of a half-assed rant.

    Too many people are focusing on missing the playoffs in 2010 (at 10-6, the first team to miss the playoffs with such a mark in almost two decades, along with the Giants) and not the fact that they were a putrid 3-13 in 2009. This is a team that so many people pegged to go 2-14 at best – maybe because Raheem and the boys made you “expert prognosticators” look so silly is what really has you miffed.

    It isnt just because they played rookies. They played low and undrafted rookies and players who languished on the scrap heap because of a disgusting array of injuries and STILL contended until the final week (so don’t tell me that final game in New Orleans was meaningless – starters may have been pulled late but other players like Jenkins and Ivory got beaten up). Raheem took a team that many people pegged to have a disastrous season and had them narrowly miss the playoffs, and would have made it had the NFL not botched the call vs. Detroit.

    You can make a case for Haley and even Spags if you want but you’re looking like a fool if you try to dismiss Raheem’s case.

  17. pfinnj says: Jan 6, 2011 4:15 PM

    Same rant Domenick gave in his Monday presser where he also instructed the writers to stop labelling Freeman as “promising” and start calling him a franchise QB. The PR suits are trying to earn their pay by duping the media with hyperbole.

  18. pirate49 says: Jan 6, 2011 4:26 PM

    Bucs, Saints, and Falcons all played the same schedule with the exception of two games. Yet no one rags on the Saints and Falcons for having easy schedule. Saints actually lost to Arizona!! Bucs opened by beating Cleveland, then the Browns blow out New England later on. Don’t blame the Bucs for the easy schedule, and don’t penalize them either. They didn’t make the schedule, they just played it.

  19. shallowfan says: Jan 6, 2011 4:32 PM

    “No playoffs… Didn’t defeat a team with winning record until last game of season when the Saints sat starters for most of second half…
    What about Harbaugh, BAL, Haley in KC?
    I could name a half dozen coaches for coach of the year before I even think of the name Raheem.
    Stupid.”

    I would hope someone already pointed this out to mr xofootball (didn’t read all comments), but no starters were sitting in the second half. NO was trying to win the game. Brees came out in the 4th quarter when the saints were already down. NO brought their best game and got beat when home field was possibly on the line.

    You say you you can name 6 coaches who did more than Morris this year, if so, then name them (I would’ve thought you would’ve named them in your original post…)

  20. 30ptbuck says: Jan 6, 2011 4:41 PM

    How many other teams were decimated by injuries like the Packers 15 IR 9 starters TT should be given credit for the depth on the team and finding players
    McCarthy for keeping the team from giving up and coming up with game plans to utilize the players they did have and make the playoffs
    How many players did the Packers have starting by the end of this season compared to last season?

  21. armchairgm9 says: Jan 6, 2011 4:43 PM

    Raheem Morris has a strong case for CoY. But I think Dominik for Executive of the Year is a NO DOUBTER. Youngest team in the league, lowest payroll, biggest turnaround, and competed for the playoffs through the final games. Essentially a bad call in the Lions game (that the NFL even apologized for) cost this team a playoff berth.

    Can’t think of another GM that deserves Exec of year more.

  22. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jan 6, 2011 4:43 PM

    Belichick or Morris. Kind of a toss-up.

  23. grudenthediva says: Jan 6, 2011 4:44 PM

    “Same rant Domenick gave in his Monday presser where he also instructed the writers to stop labelling Freeman as “promising” and start calling him a franchise QB.”

    That’s because he is. He got (and still gets) ten times less ink than Stafford and Sanchize (hell, he gets less pub than frickin Chad Henne) and he’s already the best in that class by far. 25 and 6 from Sanchez would have these scribes slobbering over him for MVP.

  24. Todd Haley's Temper says: Jan 6, 2011 5:32 PM

    @Raiderdave Kiffin wanted to hire his father, Monte Kiffin for defensive coordinator, not Raheem Morris.

  25. bucx01 says: Jan 6, 2011 5:41 PM

    1. Bill Belichick
    2. Todd Haley
    3. Raheem Morris

    I mean, really, when you look at the number of first and second year players on the Patriots, the improvements in the defense over the course of the season and the fact that they completely redesigned the offense over the course of a bye week, is there any argument? 14-2 from a team that most expected wouldn’t even win the division is a hell of a feat.
    ————————————————–
    Let’s look at the numbers: Buccaneers started 11 rookies this year and played 25. Freeman started 8 games coming into this year.

    Pats may not have been picked by SOME to not win the division, but almost every one had them as a playoff team. They went 10-6 last year, so really only improved by 4 games.

    Chiefs and Buccaneers had the same record this year. Had the Bucs played in either west not only would they have made the playoffs they would have won the division. Bucs won 7 more games this year, Chiefs won 6.

    No one outside of Tampa could name a buc’s starter before the year started. Everyone knew Brady, Wilfork, Welker, Cassel, Bowe, Charles.

    No team EVER has played 25 rookies and had a winning year until now.

    For those you keep saying the Buccaneers played an easy schedule let’s look at those numbers too.

    Pats and Bucs played 7 playoff teams, Chiefs played 2 and 1 was the Seahawks. They played the Colts in week 5 since then nothing.

    Morris COY!!!

  26. krycek84 says: Jan 6, 2011 6:15 PM

    Brady would qualify any teams to Playoffs, no matter who is the coach.

    Tampa has no Pro-Bowler.
    No players for the NFL world who has an upper impact, and with a lot of rookie or young guys, waived guys, undrafted guys, Morris helped to make this team very competitive.

    QB Freeman, 2nd year QB, is a Top 10 QB.
    RB Blount, undraft rookie,a 1000yds RB, really playing only in 11 games.
    WR Williams, 4th round rookie, almost 1000yds and 11TD

    Second half of season, Tampa put almost 2 starters/game on IR and keep winning games.

    Sure there are 6 losses.

    2 bigs against Steelers and Saints, but that was not the real Tampa Bay Bucs, Cadillac Williams was the starter RB, and on this 2 games, his stats was 16 run for 31yds.

    Since Blount starts, all defeats were close (1 play loss).
    1 yard at Atlanta, 1 TD at Baltimore, an awful miss tackle on kickoff return against Atlanta and an official error against Detroit.

    Tampa plays at the Atlanta, New Orleans or Baltimore Level, and without the official bad call against Detroit, Tampa would be in playoffs.

  27. tyelee says: Jan 6, 2011 6:19 PM

    MY vote would be for Todd Haley without any hesitation…

    He took the Chiefs from worst to 1st making them division winners and in the playoffs….. He didn’t fall short and get eliminated from competition like Morris did…… If Morris was so good then surely he should have beaten more teams like the Saints and Falcons playing such an easier schedule….. Losing to the Lions, scrapping by the Rams by 1 point and struggling against the Redskins barely getting the win.

    Most productive turn around from a poor outing last year….. Todd Haley!

  28. elyasm says: Jan 6, 2011 6:24 PM

    @30ptbuck RE: “How many players did the Packers have starting by the end of this season compared to last season?”

    I’m going to guess that they had 22 players starting on offense and defense at the end of both seasons.

  29. nesuperfan says: Jan 6, 2011 7:10 PM

    grudenthediva says:
    Jan 6, 2011 4:14 PM

    Too many people are focusing on missing the playoffs in 2010 (at 10-6, the first team to miss the playoffs with such a mark in almost two decades, along with the Giants).
    ________________________________

    Do the 2008 Patriots ring a bell? The missed the playoffs with Cassel after going 11-5.

  30. bucx01 says: Jan 6, 2011 7:12 PM

    Dear Tyelee

    Everything you said is just plain wrong.

    The most productive turn around were the Buccaneers +7, not the Chiefs +6.

    Tampa Played 7 games vs team with winning records winning 1. Chiefs played just 3 games vs teams with winning records winning 1. With loses to Oakland(twice), Denver, Houston. Tampa only lose to a losing team was Detroit.

    Clearly the Chiefs played a far softer schedule not the bucs.

  31. raideralex99 says: Jan 6, 2011 7:30 PM

    tbtrojan says:
    Jan 6, 2011 3:31 PM
    xofootballer, it’s nice of you to mention that the Bucs were already leading and had the game in hand when the Saints started sitting guys.
    When did people find iit ok to just pick the parts of a story that fit their opinion?
    _______________________________________________

    The Saints were scoreboard watching … Falcons were killing the Panthers and had the game in the bag which meant even if the Saints won or lost … they could not win the division.
    It’s funny how once the score became 21-0 Falcons … the Saints gave up their 7-3 lead 5 minutes later and never gave a 100% effort.

    And yes the Bucs had an EASY schedule the two games Atlanta played were against the Eagles and Packers (both playoff teams) while the Bucs got the 2 last place teams (Lions and Redskins) and would have lost both games if it wasn’t for a high snap.

  32. brasho says: Jan 6, 2011 7:34 PM

    Raheem Morris, no doubt.

    Rookies starting at BOTH WR spots, both OG spots, the lead RB.. That’s 5 rookies starting on offense led by a 22 year old QB.

    Then on D, they lost 3 DL starters to IR, their best LB starter to IR, their best CB to IR, their two best Safeties to IR.. and yet they kept winning…

    Despite giving starts to mid season pickup Frank Okam (cut by defensively horrible Texans and Seahawks within the past year, waiver rookie DT Al Woods, rookie LB Dekoda Watson, 1st year former 7th round CB EJ Biggers, free agent pickup from Cincy FS Corey Lynch…

    When the Bucs finished the season, they were starting an entirely different DL from the one they had at late as week 4, 1 of 3 LBs, and 2 of 4 DBs…. that’s 7 new starters by the end of the season… not to mention 4 of the 5 starters on the OLine were different as well….

    Morris doesn’t deserve the Coach of the Year award, he deserves so much more than that… he is a freaking miracle worker.

  33. buccaboo says: Jan 6, 2011 8:52 PM

    I don’t think CoY should be judged solely by wins and losses. I think those with a vote need to look at what the Coach accomplished with the players that he had to coach. RM was loaded with rookies and scraps from other teams trash piles. He coached them up into a group of winners.

    If we judge on W-L alone, it goes to Belichick.
    If we judge on Coaching, it goes to Raheem.
    GM of the YEAR EASILY goes to Mark Dominik!

  34. avanderlay says: Jan 6, 2011 9:08 PM

    Aside from them being the Bucs and any/all media outlets chronically ignoring them year-round, those who dismiss any coach because he didn’t make the playoffs really tick me off.

    In any of the past 20 seasons the Bucs record would have earned a play-off berth.

    This the youngest & lowest payrolled team in the league.

    0 pro bowlers.

    Something like 8 0r 9 starters ended the year on injured reserve (and pro bowl caliber safety Tanard Jackson on suspension).

    First team to EVER start 10 rookies and have a winning season.

    Beat the living snot out of the 7-9 “division champion” Seahawks just two weeks ago and now get to watch them host a playoff game Sunday.

    Morris should be coach of the year.

  35. grogansheroes says: Jan 6, 2011 9:21 PM

    Pats roster has 29 players that were drafted after the 6th round or were UFA. Also, defense has seven first or second year players. No offensive or defensive coordinators. traded a HOF receiver and got better. Morris did an excellent job, but C’mon. Who do you want coaching your team?

  36. grudenthediva says: Jan 6, 2011 10:24 PM

    “Do the 2008 Patriots ring a bell? The missed the playoffs with Cassel after going 11-5.”

    My error – my post should have said NFC team, not just team in general.

  37. olcap says: Jan 7, 2011 12:05 PM

    It’s inevitable, I guess, that, despite the fact that the guy is NOT the reason for any success the Bucs had this year, he’s being pushed for coach of the year. It’s dumb luck on his part that Josh Freeman is a real-deal franchise quarterback, and is the main reason for the Bucs success.

    Raheem is nothing more than a simple-minded klutz who was in the right place (a second tier assistant) at the right time (the Glazers needed to go cheap.)

    It’s beyond me how anyone can think this rube is intelligent enough to actually have planned any of this.

  38. dowatuwant2 says: Jan 9, 2011 11:39 PM

    That last week Morris coached his team to perform well against the Saints. That they did. If it hadn’t been for the 3 point victories by the Packers and Giants. This playoff debate you people are talking about. Would be going on while Tom Coughlin and Mike McCarthy would be at home while Raheem Morris is coaching his team in the Philly game. So fate was the deciding factor in the playoff talk for the Bucs and coach Morris. Morris does needs to be mentioned for taking a 2009 3 win team to a 10 win playoff caliber team. If you look at the losses to all the playoff contending teams. The worst loss we suffered was at the hands of a confident Saints team 31-6. The other games to the Falcons were both by a field goal. And the other a blown interception call by the refs. So if you’re talking about the CoY award. Include Raheem Morris. So as tombradyswig said. It’s a toss up between Morris and Haley

  39. tbbucs1638 says: Jan 11, 2011 3:56 AM

    raheem morris hands down! the youngest team n the lg, there win total more than tripled from last yr, we play n one of the two best divisions n football…and haley n his chiefs play n one one of the average divisions n patriots pass d was the bottom half n the lg, n mccarthy had alot more to work with than raheem, we gave undrafted legarrette blount a chance n he started 7 gms n had 1000 yds the most rushing yds last 5 weeks n the lg, 2nd undrafted rb to rush for 1000 since the merger, n 4th rd pick mike williams ledall rookie receivers n the 3 major categories n was 5th n the lg n tds…RAHEEM MORRIS COY HANDS DOWN

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