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Bucs expected to offer job to former Vikings offensive line coach Pat Morris

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The Bucs could move swiftly to hire Vikings offensive line coach Pat Morris after firing Pete Mangurian Friday.

Morris, who is a 14-year NFL coaching veteran, has a history with Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson. They both served on the Detroit Lions staff under Steve Mariucci in 2004-05. Morris was the Lions offensive line coach both seasons while Olson coached quarterbacks in '04 and was offensive coordinator in '05.

Morris has directed the league's No. 1 rushing attack three times during his career (1998-99, '07) and ranked in the NFL's top 10 on eight occasions.

In 2008, the Vikings strong rushing attack was responsible for a 10-6 record and NFC North title. Running back Adrian Peterson set a club record by leading the league with 1,760 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. In '07, the Vikings had the league's top running attack with a team-record 2,634 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.

Mangurian was fired Friday after the Bucs finished 8th in the NFL in rushing last season. Rookie LeGarrette Blount led all first-year players with 1,007 rushing yards.   

     

[Last modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 11:40am]

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