Following a 10-win season in just his second year on the job, head coach Raheem Morris would like to keep the group together that helped him get those 10 wins.
Morris, who is a top candidate to win the NFL Coach of the Year, said that one of his main goals this offseason is to keep his coaching staff intact for the 2011 season.
“You obviously have come across success, so you want to try to keep things as close as you can to the same and go back to war with the same soldiers,” Morris said. “We have to go see and we have to go do some things and we’ll find out what happens with everything. People get opportunities – all kinds of stuff happens.”
In order to please their head coach the Bucs will have to re-sign several of his assistant coaches, many of which have expiring contracts in the coming months.
One thing that could stop that from happening is opportunities at the college level. In recent years Tampa Bay has seen some of it’s coaches take jobs at Universities like former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who went to Tennessee to coach with his son, and former linebackers coach Joe Barry, who now coaches with the Kiffins at Southern California.
Many of the Bucs current assistant coaches have experience in the college ranks so they could choose to explore those options if they present themselves.
It won’t be much of an offseason for Morris and he has already starting evaluating his staff for next season. If Morris gets what he wants then he will many familiar faces working along side of him.
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