Effective Monday Night, Raheem Morris has benched another Buccaneer. This time, defensive coordinator Jim Bates has been sent up to the press box to assist Morris and analyze film. The Bucs will immediately return to the Tampa Two defense run so long under Raheem Morris' mentor Monte Kiffin.
The Bucs will now utilize the speed and quickness of their defensive linemen rather than punish them for their lack of size. It would probably take years to restock the Bucs with the players needed to implement Bates' system properly. Even our linebackers are too small for the system, but perfect for the Tampa Two.
This event totally removes both offensive and defensive coordinators hired by Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris at the beginning of their reign in Tampa Bay. No word on if Bates will be retained after this season, but it is doubtful. Keeping him on is probably more a sign of respect for a well known coordinator who simply did not have the men to implement his system.
The Bucs may now be only a few players away from returning to defensive performances more accustomed to around Tampa Bay, originator of the designed defensive scheme.