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Tampa Bay Buccaneers hire Vikings offensive line coach Pat Morris

The Bucs have hired Vikings offensive line coach Pat Morris, a 14-year NFL coaching veteran with ties to offensive coordinator Greg Olson.

One day after firing offensive line coach Pete Mangurian, Tampa Bay moved swiftly to find the right fit with their philosophy and coaching staff.

Morris was the Lions offensive line coach in 2004-05 under Steve Mariucci when Olson served as quarterbacks coach and later offensive coordinator.

Morris has directed the league's No. 1 rushing attack three times during his career (1998-99, '07) and ranked in the NFL's top 10 on eight occasions.

In 2008, the Vikings strong rushing attack was responsible for a 10-6 record and NFC North title. Running back Adrian Peterson set a club record by leading the league with 1,760 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. In '07, the Vikings had the league's top running attack with a team-record 2,634 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers hire Vikings offensive line coach Pat Morris 01/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 2:39pm]
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