Bucs offensive coordinator Olson, O-line coach Mangurian have contracts for 2011
One day after completing a 3-13 season, Raheem Morris received a vote of confidence from the Glazer family confirming he would return for 2010.
Now Morris is a legitimate NFL coach of the year candidate after improving the Bucs to 9-6 in his second season with a chance to reach the playoffs heading into Sunday's game at New Orleans.
The Bucs will likely exercise an option on the contracts in 2011 for Morris and general manager Mark Dominik, if not sign them both to long-term extensions. But Morris' coaching staff is another issue.
Many of the Bucs' assistant coaches do not have contracts for next season. But contrary to reports, offensive coordinator Greg Olson and offensive line coach Pete Mangurian are under contract with the Bucs for 2011, according to a team official.
That continuity is particularly important for quarterback Josh Freeman. At 22, Freeman has passed for 3,196 yards with 23 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Freeman's 93.6 passer rating is better than the Saints' Drew Brees (92.2) and the Falcons' Matt Ryan (89.8).
The lack of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players' Association has caused a lot of uncertainly, not only among players but also assistant coaches.
Once the Glazers deal with the future of Morris and Dominik, they will move quickly to lock up members of the coaching staff.