A day after firing offensive line coach Pete Mangurian, the Buccaneers have hired former Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Pat Morris to replace him. Morris, who was with Minnesota for the last five years, has been an NFL coach for 14 years and has been in coaching for over 30 years.
While in Minnesota, Morris' offensive line has paved the way for the NFL's top rushing attack on three occasions (1998, 1999 and 2007), and the Vikings have ranked in the top 10 a total of nine times. The Vikings had two Pro Bowl linemen in 2009 and one in both 2008 and 2007. Morris coached offensive tackle Donald Penn in 2006 when he was on the Vikings' practice squad.
Morris has a history of working with Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson in both San Francisco and Detroit. While with the 49ers from 1997-2003 serving as the team's tight ends/assistant offensive line coach (1997-98) and the offensive line coach (1999-2003) while Olson was the team's quarterbacks coach for a brief duration.
With the 49ers, his offensive line had the second-highest rushing total in the league, averaging 135.5 yards per game over seven years and placing four San Francisco linemen in the Pro Bowl.
Morris served as the Lions offensive line coach for two seasons (2004-05) where he worked with Olson, who was the quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator at that time.
Due to Morris' hire, Tampa Bay's coaching staff and scouts head to Mobile, Ala. on Sunday with just two coaching positions left to fill – defensive line and quality control.