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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Being decisive was the right move by Glazer family

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January

There will never be total agreement from fans about whether Raheem Morris should have been retained by the Bucs as head coach.

But whatever you think about Morris, you should be thankful the Glazer family moved swiftly in giving him a thumbs up to continue in his current post.

Why? Because, had they drawn this out as they did last year, when they fired former coach Jon Gruden and GM Bruce Allen, they would have left their franchise in limbo for too long. That's important not because Morris and Mark Dominik might have had trouble sleeping at night. It's important because there is work to be done, and the job starts now.

If there are going to be changes on the coaching staff -- and there probably will be -- those moves need to be made like yesterday. The best candidates aren't going to be available weeks from now because this is when coaching hires are generally made. Some of the most important offseason moves are likely to be on the coaching staff -- what to do with offensive coordinator Greg Olson, will Morris continue to coach the defense -- and decisions can't be made with confidence if ownership hasn't made it clear who the coach will be. It's important to note that, with the third pick in the draft, the Bucs need to get into draft mode as soon as humanly possible. The Senior Bowl is three weeks away.

It's safe to assume the Glazers learned from their past two coaching changes. When they hired Jon Gruden, the gap between Tony Dungy's firing and Gruden's hiring forced them to make what could be viewed as a desperate move considering Oakland's price tag for Gruden (four first-day draft picks). And when Gruden was fired last year, three weeks after the final game, nearly a third of the league had already undergone coaching changes. That left the Glazers with a smaller pool of head-coaching candidates and it left Morris and Dominik with a smaller pool of assistant coaches from which to choose. 

Whether Morris is the right man for the job will be determined by his performance in the long term. But there's no question the Glazers finally got it right in handling a coaching situation.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:53pm]

    

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