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Raheem Morris scouting prospects, says staff turnover will be minimal



Coach Raheem Morris is here at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando scouting prospects in the East-West Shrine college all-star game, to be played on Saturday.

But during this morning's practice, Morris took a few minutes to turn his attention to his current coaching staff, which he says will undergo few changes.

Morris confirmed receivers coach Richard Mann won't return, though he said he wasn't certain whether Mann has a deal in place with the Redskins, with whom he was expected to interview. All other position coaches are still employed by the team and are "breaking down tape" as of this posting, Morris said.

The team does intend to hire a quarterbacks coach to relieve the workload of offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who also performed those duties in 2009. This is a priority because the team believes it's necessary to have someone to aid quarterback Josh Freeman in his growth.

"We have the young guy in town," Morris said, referring to Freeman. "We'd like to have somebody be with him for a whole year and it'll be nice to get with him in the offseason. . . It's just more focused attention on Josh."

Asked about coaches who were linked to outgoing defensive coordinator Jim Bates, who was relieved of his duties during the season, Morris indicated they could work together despite having different philosophies. Those coaches include defensive backs coach Joe Baker and defensive line coach Robert Nunn.

"Nobody's linked to anybody in this business," Morris said. "When Mike Tomlin left, nobody expected him to go to Minnesota. . . It's all about people. You just have to have smart guys around."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:54pm]


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