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Bisaccia's move to Chargers was to help goal of becoming head coach



Rich Bisaccia's decision to leave the Bucs after nine seasons as special teams coach to take a similar job with the San Diego Chargers could help his goal of becoming a head coach, Raheem Morris said Tuesday.

Morris, the Bucs head coach, said Bisaccia had talked about leaving the Bucs several other times, only to re-sign with the team.           

"That shouldn't surprise anybody. Rich has been one of those fence guys for the last five years,'' Morris said. "I'm leaving, I'm leaving, I'm leaving, okay, I'm staying.'

"I don't know that he wants a change of scenery, he wants to be a head coach. In order to do that, he thinks he's got to go and meet other people, get involved with different organizations. There's nothing else, I guess, he can do from Tampa. I think it's a really good move for him.''

Morris said he is confident the Bucs won't miss a beat on special teams with Dwayne Stokes, who worked for five seasons under Bisaccia and also was the assistant defensive backs coach.

"It's harder to hire a special teams coach because he talks to our whole team. He talks to the team just as much as I do, if not more,'' Morris said. "The non blink factor. Next man up.''

Morris said the Bucs have kept his coaching staff largely intact, resigning running backs coach Steve Logan, tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts and linebackers coach Joe Baker. Morris said defensive line coach Todd Wash will not return and he also is looking for a defensive quality control assistant.


[Last modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 9:07am]


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