Is defensive coordinator Raheem Morris destined to be the Buccaneers' next head coach? Reports began surfacing Friday shortly after the Bucs announced the firings of Jon Gruden and General Manager Bruce Allen.
Steve Duemig of WDAE radio in Tampa has reported that Morris will be tagged for the job, and that Director of Pro Personnel for the Bucs, Mark Dominik, will replace Allen as general manager. BucsBlitz.com has also learned from a fellow scout.com NFL publisher than the promotions are under consideration.
Morris was appointed defensive coordinator last month. Previously, he served as the defensive backs coach. He was a member of Tampa Bay's defensive coaching staff from 2002 to 2005. He spent a year at defensive coordinator with Kansas State before returning to the Bucs in 2007.
During Morris' time in Tampa Bay, the Bucs defense have ranked in the top 5 in the NFL each year, except 2008, including No. 1 finishes in 2002 and 2005. The defense was ranked ninth in 2008. In his first season, the Bucs captured their first-ever Super Bowl title.
Morris played at Hofstra University, and spent two seasons as defensive backs coach there.
Dominick has been with the Bucs for 14 years. During that time the Bucs have won four division titles. He has served as pro personnel assistant, pro scout and coordinator of pro personnel before his most recent job. His job includes managing scouting, recruiting and signing NFL players, keeping tabs on NFL transactions and player tryouts.