Morris gets four-year deal
Raheem Morris may be the NFL's youngest coach at 32, but the Bucs want to give him enough time to grow into the position.
Morris signed a four-year contract, a pretty big commitment to someone who has never been a head coach at any level. In fact, his only experience as a defensive coordinator came during one season at Kansas State in 2006. The Bucs named him defensive coordinator on Christmas Day, but that was before they fired coach Jon Gruden Friday.
However, there could be some language in the contract that gives the Bucs the ability to terminate or extend the deal after three seasons.
Morris begins his first full week of work at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. today. He is likely to interview coaches for his staff, including former Rams coach Scott Linehan, the favorite to land the offensive coordinator position.
Morris is a protege of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, who set the bar pretty high by reaching the Super Bowl in just his second season. Morris telephoned Tomlin after the Steelers beat the Ravens to capture the AFC title. "I told him I at least became a head coach before he did,'' Morris said.
Tomlin was 34 when he was hired by the Steelers two years ago. At 36, Tomlin is the youngest coach in the Super Bowl.