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January 8, 2011 @ 3:37 pm
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Bucs Exercise Option On Morris For Two Years

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Raheem Morris will remain the Buccaneers heach coach after the team announced it picked an option in his contract for the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

As general manager Mark Dominik hinted on ProFootballTalk Live earlier in the week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have exercised their option in Raheem Morris’ contract that will allow him to remain the head coach in 2011 and 2012.

Morris, along with general manager Mark Dominik, each signed two-year contracts in 2009, with the options for a third season. Morris' annual salary was reportedly in the $900,000-range. According to Rick Stroud of the St. Pete Times, Morris will now make $2 million per season, with a chance to earn up to $3.5 million in incentives.

The 34-year-old Morris, who is the youngest head coach in the National Football League, has been the Buccaneers’ head coach for the past two seasons since taking over in 2009 after former head coach Jon Gruden was fired. In his first year on the job Morris and the Buccaneers struggled and finished with a record of 3-13. But Morris led Tampa Bay to a franchise record seven-game turnaround in 2010 and the Bucs went 10-6, just narrowly missing the playoffs.

During his time with the Bucs Morris has been known as a player’s coach that has earned the respect of everyone on his staff.

“It’s difficult in this league to affect and, to me, when he stands in front of that team everyone is behind Raheem Morris,” said offensive coordinator Greg Olson. “Every player – offense, defense, and special teams – is behind Raheem and it’s been a credit to him…He is such a high-energy, positive guy that those guys want to see him succeed and they put it all on the line to let him succeed. He has that infectious personality that’s nice to be around and they will tell you he is just a good guy to work for.”

Because of the way the team fights for Morris, Dominik believes he is the right man for the job.

"Over the last two years, at 3-13 and now 10-6, for 32 straight games this team has never quit on it's head coach, ever," said Dominik.

Morris started working with Tampa Bay in 2002 as the defensive quality control coach. In 2003 he became a defensive assistant. In 2004 and 2005 Morris served as the Bucs’ assistant defensive backs coach.

In 2006 Morris left the Buccaneers to become the defensive coordinator at Kansas State University. After just one season, he left to return to the Bucs as the defensive backs coach. That season Morris helped the pass defense become the top-ranked unit in the NFL. On Christmas, 2008, Morris was named the defensive coordinator after the Bucs learned that Monte Kiffin would be leaving the team after holding the position for 13 sucessful seasons. He took over as head coach a few weeks later.

In addition to being the head coach, Morris also serves as the team's defensive coordinator, which he started doing at the end of 2009 after firing former defensive coordinator Jim Bates. This season the Bucs' defense finished the season ranked 17th overall, with the seventh-ranked pass defense and the 28th-ranked run defense.

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    I must have missed those very clear reports. Thanks for keeping me informed Bill.
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    Well guys and gals- Its about time the owner finally got some gutts and sugn a win win sistutation. Olsen needs to get two more extentisions plus resign the entire coaching staff. And get ready to shock the nfl just like the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS. GO BUCS
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    The reports are very clear...."BOTH Morris and Dominic signed two year contract extentions," and Olsen is already under contracr for next year. All have earned the respect and compensation received and I am sure Morris will extend and keep his entire coaching staff. Let's just hope there is a season this year!!! GO BUCS!!!
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    I am glad to see this. Dominik and Olsen should be next. Let's keep some consistency in place for personel and our budding offense. I read the incentives are based on playoffs, which I absolutely love!
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    I know Morris did a great job this season, and I am a huge fan of his. But this was a wise buisness desicion. Let Morris prove he can be a CONSISTENT winner before you throw a buch of money his way. Good examples are Jeremey Trueblood and Davin Joseph. Instead of throwing a buch of money their way managment decided to see how they graded out this season. I think Joseph earned a new contract, despite getting injured. On the other hand, you wouldn't have wanted to throw a ton of money at a player like Trueblood this year because look at how he has produced. However, since the Glazers have the reputation of being penny pinchers in TB, people are automatically going to say 'pay the man' or 'stop being greedy' because the preconcieved notion is that they are cheap. Our owners will pay Morris in due time as long as he takes care of buisness these next two years. Some people might look at the 49ers, but that is a classic example of what i'm talking about. They threw $25 million at a college coach with no experience. There is a reason the 49ers, with all their talent, have not been a playoff team in years. Bad managment of the team. Dont be suprised if Harbaugh bombs ut this year.
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    I'm glad he got the extention but come on Glazers give the man some money. a college coach with no experience got 25million. what's up with that? If the owners stop paying these big salaries to coaches and players the league wouldn't be in this kind of trouble. Owners need to stop being greedy and take care of their product.
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    Now give him the extension and sign Dominic up as well. Go Bucs!!
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    Harbaugh got $25 million over five years. C'mon Glazers, buc up!!!
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    I'm glad he has been secured as our head coach so we can have some continuity. I wonder what his incentives are. I hope he attains them because I don't think $2 million a year is enough money for a great head coach that's also a DC.
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