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January 11, 2012 @ 10:50 pm
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Report: Morris To Join The Redskins

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Recently fired Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris told the media on more that one occasion this season, “I’m a football coach. That is all I know how to do. This is what I do, I coach football.”

According to published reports Wednesday evening, Morris wasn’t fibbing and has accepted a job to coach defensive backs for the Washington Redskins. 

Earlier today, Tampa Bay Times reporter Rick Stroud spoke to Morris who had this to say regarding his future.

"Man, I'm not into that,'' Morris said. "I'm a football coach. This is what I do, it's who I am. I'm entirely too young to sit out a season. I don't need any rest, I don't have any worn out feeling. I have a feeling of hunger to go out and try to win another championship. Coaches don't get to coach for long and any opportunity to to go out and compete is a great one.”

"They were the first ones to approach me,'' Morris said of the Redskins. "They talked about giving me time to give them an answer but I didn't want to screw up a good thing with a great organization. They were patient, they waited and gave me time to go through the process. But I've been a head coach and I know how tough it is when you feel like you're getting the run around and I wanted to be fair to everybody in Washington."

Morris, who also interviewed with the Minnesota Vikings recently, will be reunited with former Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen who holds the same position with the Redskins.

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    NFL coaches contract is basic law. If the contract was silent on the subject the law would gurantee the salary with mitigation of amount received under the new contract.
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    I've always had a lot of respect for Bruce Allen. No doubt he played a part in extending this job offer to Raheem. Good for Morris.
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    bucfan47, I agree with you.
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    He got the position he is qualified for. The defensive coordinator/Head coach gig is a fine example of the Peter Princiiple - a promotion to the highest point of incompetency.
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    Good for you Coach Morris; I believe this is the best that can happen for you. Now you get a year to focus on CB's and prove your talent which is there. After that you can interview for a DC Position. After obtaining two years of experience as a DC, then you might be ready for a Head Coaching job and still be under 40 years old.
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    Good for him. I hope he gets another opportunity to be a HC one day. It would be interesting to see what lessons he learned from coaching here.
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    That's the position he should have been hired at 3 years ago, not head coach. Finally, a job he's not in over his head!
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    NFL coaches contracts are governed by the NFL Office, unlike player contracts that are governed by the CBA. All coaches contracts are, in effect, guaranteed contracts. For your info, the following is reprinted fom the NFP, titled Coaches Contracts, by Andrew Brandt, dated January 05, 2012: Coaches with remaining time on their contracts are paid through the end of their deals. Unlike most player contracts they are, in effect, “guaranteed” with the remaining amounts due and payable. The key language is the “offset": reducing the firing team's obligation by the amount the coach receives from a new team. For example, let’s say a coach was fired with $3 million remaining on his deal for 2012. Were he then to hook on with another team for a salary of $1 million for next season, the original club would have its financial obligation reduced to $2 million. These offset clauses can create some sticky situations. First, a coach is required to use “due diligence” to obtain another position, something hard to prove and/or enforce when a coach prefers to wait for a better offer or not work at all rather than taking what he may consider an undesirable opportunity. The other issue involves teams saving money by hiring fired coaches. Knowing these coaches are going to be paid one way or another, teams may try to pay coaches below market salary while the former team pays the balance. And the fired coach is usually only too willing to agree, sticking it to the team that has just fired him. The NFL office has had to intervene on different occasions, mandating that the new team pay the coach commensurate with his experience and qualifications. The NFL is a very small world; teams that use these tactics get reputations fast. What goes around comes around. BTW and FYI, all player contracts are guaranteed in all pro sports except the NFL. Kinda lengthy, but I hope this helps!
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    I'm glad rah is back coaching.. I wish we could have kept him as a db coach our some sort of assistant. Does anyone know how his contact works? Are we still obligated to pay him for another year or since he signed with the skins are ewe released from any further obligations towards him and any money that we owe him? Go Bucs!
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