By Rich Tandler
Former Bucs head coach Raheem Morris says that he is close to getting a job as an assistant coach and it appears that the Redskins are very much in the mix.
From what he told the Tampa Tribune, he seems to be choosing between a position with the Vikings and one with the Redskins. He has talked with both teams and said, “With Washington, it was more of an offer.”
Morris went straight from being a position coach to being a head coach. He was the Bucs defensive backs coach before replacing the fired Jon Gruden as the head coach three years ago. In 2006, Morris was the defensive coordinator at Kansas State.
It is possible that he will have to return to being a position coach. That is probably what the Redskins offered him as they are going to retain Jim Haslett as the defensive coordinator. The Vikings could make him their coordinator and he could be waiting for a decision there before deciding on his future.
He expects to know where he is going before too long.
"We should know something pretty soon because you can see jobs shaking out all over the league right now,” he sai. “I'll be back somewhere next season. I'm not going to just stay at home – I don't have that in me. I'm a football coach and we do what we do.''
Just a year ago, Morris was thought to be among the rising stars in the coaching profession as his Bucs had finished 10-6, missing out of a playoff spot due to tiebreakers. But this year the Bucs finished 4-12. They lost their last 10 games and gave up 30 points or more in seven of their last eight.