Yesterday, former Bucs head coach Raheem Morris accepted an offer to coach the defensive backs for the Washington Redskins.
So what do I do now?
Because, though of course I will never be able to hold a team as near and dear to my heart as I do the Bucs, I have to say that I like Raheem Morris. Now, I wasn’t exactly holding my breath that the team would retain Raheem for another year. After perhaps the most miserable 10-game slide I have ever seen (and, as a Bucs fan, I’ve seen some end-of-season slides), there was basically no chance that he would be the head coach of the Bucs in 2012.
But as a fan who likes and respects Raheem, I kind of want to see the guy succeed. And I’m having trouble deciding what that means for my football-watching future.
When Tony Dungy was fired and left for the Colts, I was happy for him. I already liked Peyton Manning–even though I think I’m not supposed to?–so it was easy to root for the Colts. Of course, I never rooted for them when they were playing the Bucs, but in any other circumstance, I was on Dungy’s side. I rooted for the Jets for a while when Herm Edwards coached them. He was the assistant head coach to the Bucs, seemed like a nice guy, had ties to fan-favorite John Lynch, so I wanted the Jets to play well for him. I even stick up for Gruden when people insult his work on Monday Night Football. Hey, I like his enthusiasm.
On the other hand, Mike Tomlin was a defensive backs coach for the Bucs, and while I think he’s a great guy, Tomlin’s coaching history hasn’t endeared me to the Steelers at all.
So, now. Raheem.
What’s my next move?
Do I wish Raheem well and then cast all love for him aside? Like in Harry and the Hendersons when John Lithgow and his family send Harry back into the forest and have to pretend they don’t want him around so he will rejoin his own, er… bigfoot monster thingies? (Total metaphor here, of course. Raheem is no bigfoot monster thingie. Though if he were some sort of monster thingie, I do believe he would be a lovable one like Harry.)
Do I return to nebulously loathing all of the teams in the NFC East (except the Eagles, whom I loathe for more specific and historical reasons) and pretend like these past three seasons never happened?
Do I root for the Redskins to do well, but just not as well as the Bucs?
Do I wish ill on the entire Redskins team except for the defensive backs?
Has anyone else been emotionally attached to a coach who no longer works for your favorite team? What did you do?