January 21, 2009

Morris Takes Helm for Bucs

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Raheem Morris, a former Cornell defensive backs coach and special teams assistant, was named head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Saturday. Morris, who spent the past two seasons as the Bucs’ defensive backs coach, has been with the team a total of six seasons in two stints. Under Morris, Buccaneer defenders have been named to the Pro Bowl 16 times and the defense has finished in the top-5 in the NFL in five of his six seasons.
During his first stint with Tampa Bay, Morris worked with former Bucs defensive backs coach and current Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin to develop one of the top secondaries in the NFL, in doing so helping the Buccaneers capture their first world championship in Super Bowl XXXVII. In between stints in Tampa Bay, he served as Kansas State’s defensive coordinator in 2006, and the team saw considerable improvements in several statistical categories, including total defense, scoring defense and pass defense. Prior to coming to Cornell for the 1999 season, Morris served as a graduate assistant coach at Hofstra for one year.

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