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Raheem Morris: Tampa Bay Buccaneers open to variety of methods

Bucs coach Raheem Morris says some defensive wrinkles will be added with new coordinator Jim Bates.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Bucs coach Raheem Morris says some defensive wrinkles will be added with new coordinator Jim Bates.

TAMPA — Bucs coach Raheem Morris said Wednesday all options are on the table when it comes to the team's offensive and defensive schemes next season.

"If you know (new defensive coordinator) Jim (Bates) at all, you know (his system) is not that different," Morris said. "His tweaks will be definitely added. It's got to be him. It's got to be his character. You can't ask a guy to duplicate another guy. You have to let that guy go out and do what he does best."

Bates has coached a variety of defenses, and it's not a foregone conclusion that the Bucs will be a run-of-the-mill Tampa 2 team. It's likely they'll retain their fundamentals but add wrinkles, like more blitz packages.

"We may go sign a top-notch (pass) rusher and maybe not do that," Morris said. "There's plenty of time to figure all that out in the offseason. I'm going to put the people in place and let them do their job."

On offense, Morris said he thinks the Bucs' personnel could adapt to a scheme other than the West Coast-based system run under Jon Gruden.

"We have talented players all over the place," he said. "You have to have the ability to utilize your talented players."

BILLS: Bob Sanders, recently fired as Green Bay's defensive coordinator, was named defensive line coach.

JETS: Assistant Bob Sutton will remain on the defensive staff and new coach Rex Ryan added assistants Henry Ellard (receivers), Anthony Lynn (running backs) and Dennis Thurman and Doug Plank (defensive backs).

RAIDERS: ESPN.com and NFL.com reported that the team was ready to name interim coach Tom Cable to the post full time, but the team denied that a decision had been made.

TEXANS: Tight end Owen Daniels was picked to the Pro Bowl for the first time, replacing San Diego's Antonio Gates.

HARRISON CASE: A man who says he was shot by Colts receiver Marvin Harrison was convicted of a misdemeanor for giving police false information about the incident. Dwight Dixon of Philadelphia said he will appeal. The April 28 shooting occurred near Harrison's car wash in North Philadelphia.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Raheem Morris: Tampa Bay Buccaneers open to variety of methods 01/28/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 10:50pm]
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