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Raheem Morris meets with Vikings about “high level” job

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Former Bucs head coach Raheem Morris won’t be out of work for long.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Morris met with the Vikings Thursday about a “high level” defensive coaching job. Morris also met with the Redskins Wednesday about a defensive backs coach job.

The Vikings have to call it a “high level” job and not “defensive coordinator” because Fred Pagac is still in place as defensive coordinator. Pagac and other defensive staffers that Brad Childress hired in Minnesota were expected to be let go this offseason, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Morris and Leslie Frazier both come from the Tony Dungy coaching tree, although they have never coached together. In fact, Morris has never coached with an NFL organization other than the Bucs where he started in 2002.

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  1. cavefan74 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:46 AM

    I am a Tampa season ticket holder and watched the massacre of a season here. That being said, I believe Morris can be a good coach, he just didn’t have the “chops” to be the head guy here. I’m not sure Vince Lombardi could have got the Bucs to the playoffs this year!

  2. gdeli says: Jan 6, 2012 8:46 AM

    yeah, lets add another loser to our team. Did singletary help? It breeds a culture of losing. It is frustrating and disheartening. Maybe time to find another team to root for. 51 years of this crap.

  3. test2402 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:50 AM

    This guy wants nothing to do with Tim Tebow.

  4. cags777 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:50 AM

    I won’t lie. I am intrigued by this move.

  5. bucforever says: Jan 6, 2012 8:52 AM

    Good for him. Morris could just take it easy with the 2 million dollars of the Bucs money this Year . It shows the kind of guy he is to “get back on the horse” again. As a Buc fan I have mixed feelings about the job he did here. The timing of the string of losses realy is what did him in but the Glazers set him up to fail by not letting him keep the veterans and spending any money on free agents.
    I wish him well and his defensive coaching against the Bucs will be interesting to watch.

  6. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:52 AM

    High Level=Ball Boy

  7. heyyoubehindthebikeshed says: Jan 6, 2012 8:53 AM

    yeah, go get em Rah

  8. gunn3r11 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:56 AM

    Tampa is a small market but that’s not an excuse to be ignorant about a topic that you are writing about. Morris is not part of the Dungy coaching tree. He spent his entire NFL Coaching career under Jon Gruden before being named the headcoach.

    Frazier and Morris both share an understanding of the “Tampa 2″ system. While Morris learned under Monte Kiffin, Frazier learned under Father Dungy.

    Both Kiffin and Dungy refined the old Steeler Cover 2 defense while they were both on staff with the Vikings.

    Raheem Morris is part of the Gruden coaching tree. And that tree has few branches.

  9. Foresight2011 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:56 AM

    I think the Vikings just found their new waterboy for 2012-2013 season.

  10. tombradysponytail says: Jan 6, 2012 9:01 AM

    The pieces are in place…

  11. waltdawg says: Jan 6, 2012 9:03 AM

    When leaving the building, local reporters described Raheem Morris, a young man who has not eaten since hitting the unemployment lines last week, as “Youngry”

  12. sterling7 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:06 AM

    This is an excellent move. Some guys don’t pan out right away as a head coach (see Belicik at Cleveland) but some eventually move on to become terrific head coaches and I think Raheem Morris fits that category. That being said (shades of Jamie Dukes) Raheem Morris will do an outstanding job in Minnesota, I wouldn’t judge him purely by his head coaching work this time around because he is an excellent defensive coach. Look for some serious upgrading not only in coaching from the Vikings but also in the playing.

  13. greengayfackers says: Jan 6, 2012 9:06 AM

    Hey gdeli, don’t let the domes gale force wind knock you down on your way out.

  14. 1brocktacular says: Jan 6, 2012 9:08 AM

    Unfortunately, the experiment the Glazers had in mind for the Bucs had and has done a great disservice to an up and coming Coach. But it is a learning experience that will go a long way in his continued rise in the Coaching world.

  15. adantsa says: Jan 6, 2012 9:10 AM

    Pagac was a tragedy and I would love for Morris to come in here and light a fire under a horrible secondary. And Singletary was just a linebackers coach, and if my memory serves me right, he was a pretty good linebacker, not sure how much blame can be placed on him. I actually hope Singletary stays around. If you wasted 51 years of supporting the Vikes, I wouldn’t jump ship because of a move like this. Even Bill Belichick was a loser at one point, it happens to the best of them.

  16. klunge says: Jan 6, 2012 9:10 AM

    Lions’ fans rejoice!

  17. wtfru2 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:10 AM

    Talk about taking equality to the limit….
    The wilfs will have a totally black coaching staff in no time. Next year they can add Hue, Romeo and Lovie to end up with 5 “ex”-tra head coach’s running the team.

    That ought to be interesting….

  18. realitypolice says: Jan 6, 2012 9:13 AM

    I can’t believe that two separate posters, acting independently, both thought that the “water boy” joke would be funny.

  19. purpleblood12 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:18 AM

    gdeli remember Bill Belicheck was not so good in Cleveland but then turned out pretty decent

  20. gdeli says: Jan 6, 2012 9:19 AM

    the dome wind won’t. you can have the dang dome green guy. I’ll take lambeau in the fall. must be fun. demo the dome and build the palace on the plains. ha Hey wilf, do what you gotta do to get this team winning again. Adding kalil will help with just 1 position. Blow up the secondary and start anew. Look at the linebacking too. Ponder better improve or their screwed. The vikes lost my faith after that saints fiasco in thier dome. It’s not “we” it’s they. I gotta detach from that dysfunction. Not healthy as a fan.

  21. deconjonesbitchslap says: Jan 6, 2012 9:21 AM

    if their defense is Cover 2, they should make it Cover Everybody, because atleast 2 guys are wide open on every play.

  22. outlawjerseywhales says: Jan 6, 2012 9:22 AM

    ‘Raheem Morris meets with Vikings about “high level” job…’
    ————————————————–
    Sweeping up around the place.

  23. ketchupaholic says: Jan 6, 2012 9:25 AM

    The NCAAP of the NFL! Keep up the great work Frazier & Vikings organization! Let’s make sure the Vikings not only in their hunt for a leader at QB, but for grooming African American Coaches (Mike Tomlin, Tony Dungy, Dennis Green). Job well done! Thanks for taking the courage to make sure there is equality in hiring in the NFL, except when it comes to the Vikings.

    Sincerely,
    Warren Moon
    Randall Cunningham
    Daunte Culpepper
    Spergon Wynn
    Tarvaris Jackson
    Joe Webb

    Why not, go for the Trifecta, draft RGIII while you are at it!

  24. bdickey33 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:28 AM

    klunge says:
    Jan 6, 2012 9:10 AM
    Lions’ fans rejoice!

    ————————————————–

    I know it may be difficult to understand, but you actually do have something else to pay attention to right now!

  25. klunge says: Jan 6, 2012 9:36 AM

    realitypolice says:
    Jan 6, 2012 9:13 AM
    I can’t believe that two separate posters, acting independently, both thought that the “water boy” joke would be funny.
    ————————————————
    Really? I’m actually surprised there weren’t more. Not exactly a MENSA forum around here.

  26. ruvelligwebuike says: Jan 6, 2012 9:39 AM

    I’m sure Pagac is no great defensive coordinator, but I don’t think Buddy Ryan, Vince Lombardi and Dick LeBeau combined could do anything with that defense. They are just de-void of talent, especially in the secondary.

    When you have a d-end account for 22 sacks himself and your defense still comes up with a whopping 8 interceptions for the entire year, you have some serious personnel issues.

    They should just fix it in typical Viking fashion. Sign Willie Wood and Herb Adderley.

  27. dumplingsrbrown says: Jan 6, 2012 9:40 AM

    It won’t mean squat if the Vikings don’t find some secondary help. And maybe at least one good DB who won’t get arrested within a year.

  28. 1bucfan says: Jan 6, 2012 9:43 AM

    It will be interesting if he does hook up with Washington or the Vikes…BOTH teams are on the Bucs schedule next year…IMO, with time, I think Morris will work out as a HC…

  29. fwippel says: Jan 6, 2012 9:49 AM

    I hope this is a smart move. One thing’s for sure, though: the Viking secondary may need new coaching, but it definitely needs better players.

    The Vikings haven’t had decent safeties since Darren Sharper left, and these guys are NEVER around the ball when it reaches it’s intended target. Bringing Morris in may be a good first step.

    But if significant changes aren’t made in player personnel in Free Agency, it won’t matter. Antoine Winfield is (unfortunately) past his prime, and not the player he was three years ago. Cedric Griffin’s two reconstructed knees have left him too slow to play corner, but trying him at safety might be worth a look. After that, the rest of the DBs on the Viking roster are no better than second or third stringers.

    I wish Morris good luck. But Spielman had better realize that it’s going to take good players, and not just a coaching change to make that defense better.

  30. truthserum4u says: Jan 6, 2012 9:50 AM

    @ gdeli says:Jan 6, 2012 8:46 AM

    Being a long time Viking fan I most certainly understand your pain. But I figure if Cubs fans can endure over a century of World Series free seasons and Cleveland fans can survive over a half century of championshipless teams in all their major sports, I can hang in there with a team that has had a lot of successes over it’s existance but just not the ultimate.

    You’re free to go.

  31. nesuperfan says: Jan 6, 2012 9:52 AM

    H2O Delivery Engineer.

  32. norseyapper says: Jan 6, 2012 10:03 AM

    As a Vikings fan this is good news. This organization is rebuilding after the breakdowns that Childress caused. Step one, find good people with the skills and integrity to lead in a positive direction. That goes for coaches and players.

    Morris was a “hot” coach after the 2010 season and a bum after the 2011 season (such is life in the NFL) and didn’t handle the change all that well. None the less, he is a very good defensive coach who will work well with Frazier to get the #1 problem area sorted out, and that is the defensive backfield.

  33. realitypolice says: Jan 6, 2012 10:04 AM

    klunge says:
    Jan 6, 2012 9:36 AM
    realitypolice says:
    Jan 6, 2012 9:13 AM
    I can’t believe that two separate posters, acting independently, both thought that the “water boy” joke would be funny.
    ————————————————
    Really? I’m actually surprised there weren’t more. Not exactly a MENSA forum around here.
    =================================

    Then I guess I also shouldn’t be surprised that someone actually out-stupided both of them by hilariously suggesting he was interviewing for the job of “sweeping up around the place.”

    Har Har

  34. kingpel says: Jan 6, 2012 10:22 AM

    This will work great until Leslie Frazier is fired next year, then its back to the drawing board.

  35. n1kki6 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:23 AM

    Great another cover two defense. It works as well as an offense based around the running game. Vikings set a record for games without a pick, our safety were never in position to make plays and they are looking a bringing someone in with the same defensive theory. Good thing our new appointed GM doesn’t have control over the hiring of the coaches huh?

  36. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 6, 2012 10:24 AM

    Might not be a bad move, they can’t be any worse.

  37. realnflmaster says: Jan 6, 2012 10:24 AM

    lol what difference does it make if he’s coaching the D over the other guy. It’s the exact same Cover-2 garbage, how hard is to be a coordinator when your playbook consists of 1 play in that horrible, outdated scheme?

    Switch things up Vikings, move to the 3-4, play a more aggressive 4-3, play Raiders style bump and run. Do something, clearly that laughable vanillia Cover-2 you’ve been running since Childress hasn’t worked.

  38. outlawjerseywhales says: Jan 6, 2012 10:40 AM

    All the errors and incompetencies of the Creator reach their climax in (“realitypolice”).

    “Har Har”

  39. hailvictory10 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:40 AM

    I’m a Redskins fan. If Morris was smart, take the Redskins job. Work under Shanny and sons for the next 3 years, get some more experience, then be up for the Skins job when Shanny is gone.

    I like Morris. And he could rebound in DC.

    Hail to the Redskins

  40. adsbad28 says: Jan 6, 2012 10:51 AM

    get it done

  41. nflfollower says: Jan 6, 2012 10:54 AM

    I’m a Lions fan, so please Minnesota, go through with this hire. It will be great for the rest of the division.

  42. brewdogg says: Jan 6, 2012 10:59 AM

    realitypolice says:
    Jan 6, 2012 10:04 AM
    klunge says:
    Jan 6, 2012 9:36 AM
    realitypolice says:
    Jan 6, 2012 9:13 AM
    I can’t believe that two separate posters, acting independently, both thought that the “water boy” joke would be funny.
    ————————————————
    Really? I’m actually surprised there weren’t more. Not exactly a MENSA forum around here.
    =================================

    Then I guess I also shouldn’t be surprised that someone actually out-stupided both of them by hilariously suggesting he was interviewing for the job of “sweeping up around the place.”

    Har Har
    ———————————-

    And yet not one of them came up with something like “roof repairman” or “lighting tech” as the “high-level job”.

    For that matter, where’s the “Percy’s personal pharmacist” jokes?

  43. lgbarn says: Jan 6, 2012 11:07 AM

    People are dogging Morris and I completely understand it, but the guy was a great DB coach. When he was in charge of our DB’s in Tampa, those guys played lights out football. He wasn’t ready to be a head coach but I certainly would be happy to have him coaching my corners and safetys.

  44. gb4mn0 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:26 AM

    Another example of why these losers will stay losers. The MN losers are interviewing to hire another loser that essentially used the same defense to lose 12 games this year that the lavender Larry losers used in their 13 losses. Brilliant!

  45. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 6, 2012 11:27 AM

    I wonder if they’ll interview more than one guy for the job…

  46. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 6, 2012 11:35 AM

    @gdeli you’re a smart man

  47. wicky888 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:36 AM

    What job is that? How to ensure you get the #1 pick in the draft? Raheem is more than qualified for that

  48. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 6, 2012 11:36 AM

    What did him in at Tampa was that ridiculous “youngry” comment. All of the other teams were “hungry” to eat up that “youngry” team.

    If he brings any of that youngry crap to Minnesota those players won’t respect him there like he had no respect in Tampa.

    He runs a close second for most boneheaded statements behind Rexy.

  49. packersownerandshareholder says: Jan 6, 2012 11:37 AM

    @ketchupaholic what is NCAAP? Lmao, what a tool

  50. ketchupaholic says: Jan 6, 2012 11:40 AM

    @thankheavenfornumberseven

    You think they would find a way to include some caucasians. But, I suppose that wouldn’t be very PC.

  51. maurice1108 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:46 AM

    hmmm let’s see the last time the Vikings hired a DC from Tampa his name was mike tomlin he took a defense ranked at the bottom of the league and turned them into a top ten defense. plus when tomlin left there was rumors Childress wanted to hire Morris then as DC so this makes sense and is a great hire. He will bring energy and excitement to the defense that we haven’t had since Leslie Frazier was out DC. go Vikings..

  52. brewdogg says: Jan 6, 2012 11:52 AM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Jan 6, 2012 11:26 AM
    Another example of why these losers will stay losers. The MN losers are interviewing to hire another loser that essentially used the same defense to lose 12 games this year that the lavender Larry losers used in their 13 losses. Brilliant!
    —————————————

    I hate to harken back to childhood days, but I feel that it is appropriate in this case….

    I believe that you would know a loser when you see one. After all, seeing one in every mirror gives you a bit of an advantage…..

    Seriously, how can anyone be a bigger loser than a loser who reads and posts on a story about a team he considers losers talking to a coach he considers a loser. Hey, at least they left the house today…. Did you?

  53. dragonfly99 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:56 AM

    What high level job do they have available? GM, head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator positions are currently filled.

  54. brewdogg says: Jan 6, 2012 11:59 AM

    ketchupaholic says:
    Jan 6, 2012 9:25 AM
    The NCAAP of the NFL! Keep up the great work Frazier & Vikings organization! Let’s make sure the Vikings not only in their hunt for a leader at QB, but for grooming African American Coaches (Mike Tomlin, Tony Dungy, Dennis Green). Job well done! Thanks for taking the courage to make sure there is equality in hiring in the NFL, except when it comes to the Vikings.

    Sincerely,
    Warren Moon
    Randall Cunningham
    Daunte Culpepper
    Spergon Wynn
    Tarvaris Jackson
    Joe Webb

    Why not, go for the Trifecta, draft RGIII while you are at it!
    ———————————-

    The NCAAP? Is that anything like the NAACP?

    You know that trifecta means 3 of something, right? What trio would Griffin complete here?

    Thank you for reminding us all that racism is for the ignorant and incompetent.

  55. thermalito says: Jan 6, 2012 12:00 PM

    The Dungy coaching tree doesn’t seem to grow anything but bad coaches.

  56. FinFan68 says: Jan 6, 2012 12:08 PM

    Are they hiring him to check on the hefty bag that doubles as a roof? That level is pretty high. Morris was promoted too soon. He wasn’t ready to be a HC. He took over the defense and that squad was the worst in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. Let that last statement sink in for a minute.

  57. ketchupaholic says: Jan 6, 2012 12:27 PM

    brewdogg

    Once again… somebody forgot his humor pills this morning!

    Drafted to be starters:
    Daunte #1

    Tavaris #2

    RGIII #3

    There is your Trifecta

    Yep.. I agree reverse racism is terrible! Yo must just be a joy to bring around parties!

  58. alewatcher says: Jan 6, 2012 12:34 PM

    outlawjerseywhales says: Jan 6, 2012 9:22 AM

    ‘Raheem Morris meets with Vikings about “high level” job…’
    ————————————————–
    Sweeping up around the place.
    =====================

    I thought they were looking for someone to fix the roof.

  59. purpleguy says: Jan 6, 2012 12:38 PM

    He’ll be okay if he’s hired, but only okay if the D secondary personnel doesn’t improve. People complain about the Tampa 2 scheme, but the Vikes only played that scheme about 40% of the time. The issues were the predictability of the D and lack of playmakers in the secondary, primarily safety. Morris can fix the first, and Spielman had better fix the second. And for those clamoring for a 3-4 defense — have you looked at our D-line (the only solid part of the team)? We don’t have the players for a 3-4.

  60. ketchupaholic says: Jan 6, 2012 1:08 PM

    Arron Rodgers broke down the Tamp two. He basically said. If they keep a safety back, he tosses it underneath since they are stopping the deep threat, but once that safety moves up he unloads 1 on 1 and we’ve seen the results.

  61. snookau says: Jan 6, 2012 1:28 PM

    How is Morris from the “Dungy coaching tree”?????

    He never coached with Dungy. Gregg, get your facts straight. Morris came to Tampa under Chucky in 2002.

  62. mnfaninaz says: Jan 6, 2012 1:33 PM

    I don’t know if it’s because our franchise is one of the few that have had African American’s in such high profile positions such as head coach and quarterback as often as we have, but there always seems to be a sneaky race-vibe undertone when anyone other than a white guy is selected for a position amongst the Vikings…

    I don’t like it…

    It’s fun to run smack and goof off, but the race crap is just soooo ridiculous and makes me sick.

    grow up.

  63. brewdogg says: Jan 6, 2012 2:08 PM

    ketchupaholic says:

    Yep.. I agree reverse racism is terrible! Yo must just be a joy to bring around parties!
    ————————————–

    Reverse racism? So that would be the opposite of racism? Unless that is what you intend, than you are suggesting that racism only runs one way. Judging somebody or expecting different things because of the color of someone’s skin is racism, regardless of the skin pigmentation of the target. There is no reverse to this. And until people like you learn to ignore the color of someone’s skin and judge them first and foremost by who they are as a person, it won’t stop, and we will be indoctrinating yet another generation into the battles of our predecessors. Time to grow up.

  64. mediasloppy says: Jan 6, 2012 2:25 PM

    I laugh at all the cover two smack talk. It just takes the right players to fit the system. Most teams use variations of cover two. The Vikings need players.

  65. ketchupaholic says: Jan 6, 2012 3:07 PM

    @brewdog

    So…when you filled out forms for your job, voting, surveys, or college…wait! Let’s take college out of that one. You skipped the race question right? Because after all when asked to describe somebody race is the last feature you list.

    Officer:”Can you describe the suspect bredog?”
    Brewdog: “Yes, he was quit charming, lovely nails and looked like he used a facial cleanser daily. But he must have been in his late 30s, but could have passed for his early 20s with his big beautiful brown eyes. I think he could have been a virgo. He wore a periwinkle light oxford, with a pair of what looked to be Louis Raphael ROSSO Men’s Poly Viscose Super 150S Luxe Twill, with a slight wrinkle near the crotch.”

    And don’t try to tell me about the NFL players consisting primarily of African Americans, therefore the percentage of coaching staff should be equal. Because, that in itself is racist. I always find it so easy to bait liberals into their own self-loathing hatred for their own race. What a shame!

  66. butteredsanta says: Jan 6, 2012 8:19 PM

    Maybe he can start another one and done “youngry” defense in Minneapolis LOL

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