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Redskins Add Morris to Coaching Staff


The Redskins have hired Raheem Morris as defensive backs coach, the team announced on Monday.

He takes over for Bob Slowik, who moves to linebackers coach, and Steve Jackson, who is no longer with the team.

Morris, 35, spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he was hired as the league's youngest head coach in 2009.

In 2010, his Buccaneers team finished with a 10-6 record, one season removed from finishing 3-13, marking the best single-season turnaround in the NFL in 2010 and the largest turnaround in Buccaneers' history.

Prior to his tenure as head coach, Morris served in several capacities with the Buccaneers during two different stints with the team.

He spent two seasons as the team's defensive backs coach from 2007-08, during which time the Buccaneers allowed only 170.5 passing yards per game, the lowest total in the NFC and the second-lowest total in the league. In those two seasons, the Buccaneers posted 22 interceptions, tied for the most in the NFC.

Morris spent one year as defensive coordinator at Kansas State University in 2006. Morris helped garner conference recognition for seven players on his defensive unit, including two first-team All-Big 12 honorees and one second-team selection.

Morris' NFL coaching debut came in 2002, when he served as the defensive quality control coach for the Buccaneers en route to the team's first championship in Super Bowl XXXVII.

That season, the Buccaneers' defense allowed a league-low 12.3 points per game, the third-lowest average allowed by an NFL team since 2000. He served as a defensive assistant in 2003 and as an assistant defensive backs coach from 2004-05.

During his 10 seasons with the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay finished ranked in the Top 5 in the NFL in total defense five times, including No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2005.

Additionally, the defense finished as the top-ranked pass defense on three occasions (2002, 2004 and 2007) and seventh or better in seven of 10 seasons with Morris on the staff.

Morris began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Hofstra in 1998, where he was responsible for coaching the offensive scout team, developing scouting reports and handling video breakdown and computer input and analysis.

Morris landed at Cornell University as defensive backs coach and special teams assistant in 1999. In 2000-01, he served as defensive backs coach at Hofstra.

He also spent time in the fall of 2001 with the New York Jets, serving a defensive minority internship, prior to joining the Buccaneers.

Morris played college football at Hofstra as a safetyfrom 1994-97. He received his B.S. degree in physical education.

Morris, an Irvington, N.J. native, was presented the Key to the City in his hometown during "Raheem Morris Day" on June 5, 2009.

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