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Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant Raheem Morris talking to Denver Broncos

TAMPA — The Denver Broncos are considering making Raheem Morris the youngest coach in the NFL.

Morris, 32, traveled to Englewood, Colo., and interviewed with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and other front office members for several hours Monday.

The meeting continued into dinner with Bowlen, assistant general manager Jeff Goodman, vice president of business operations Joe Ellis and personnel man Brian Xanders.

It's clear the Broncos want to go with a young coach, having fired Mike Shanahan after 14 seasons last week.

But Morris isn't the only Bucs coach drawing interest. Linebackers coach Gus Bradley, who does not have a contract for next season, interviews today for a position with Seattle.

The Seahawks are expected to let go of defensive coordinator John Marshall. Bradley is a candidate for that position along with former Lions head coach Rod Marinelli.

In addition, Mark Dominik, the Bucs pro scouting director, is a candidate to become Kansas City's GM. No interview has been set, but owner Clark Hunt is familiar with the 37-year-old Dominik, who began his NFL career as an intern in the Chiefs' scouting department.

Morris, who was named the Bucs defensive coordinator on Christmas Day, is one of several candidates to interview for the Broncos coaching job but the first to meet the brass in Denver.

The Broncos interviewed Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo on Saturday in New York and met with Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, 32, on Sunday.

What Morris lacks in experience he makes up for in his accomplishments in a brief career. He joined the Bucs as a defensive quality control assistant in 2002 and was a protege of then-defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin. In 2006, Morris left to become defensive coordinator at Kansas State but returned a year later as the Bucs' secondary coach.

Bowlen does not want his new coach to have full control but wants to replace Shanahan before hiring a GM. Meanwhile, the Chiefs would like to hire a GM before deciding what to do with coach Herm Edwards, who has one year remaining on his contract. Hiring Dominik might afford Edwards another season.

Dominik was credited with acquiring players like Donald Penn, Antonio Bryant and Jeff Faine, among many others through the years.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant Raheem Morris talking to Denver Broncos 01/05/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 4:51pm]
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