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Raheem Morris
Date of birth September 3, 1976 (1976-09-03) (age 33)
Place of birth United States Irvington, New Jersey
Position(s) Head Coach
College Hofstra
Career record 3-13
Team(s) as a coach/administrator






(graduate assistant)

(defensive backs coach)
Hofstra University
(defensive backs coach)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(defensive quality control)
(defensive assistant)
(assistant defensive backs coach)
Kansas State
(defensive coordinator)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(defensive backs coach)
(head coach)
(Defensive Coordinator)

Raheem Morris (born September 3, 1976) is the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was hired by the Buccaneers as head coach on January 17, 2009 after previous head coach Jon Gruden was fired after seven seasons.[1]


Coaching career


Early years

Morris graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in physical education in 1998 after playing safety at Hofstra from 1994-1997. That same year he began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Hofstra University, where he was responsible for coaching the offensive scout team, developing scouting reports and handling video breakdown and computer input and analysis. In 1999, he was hired by Cornell University as their defensive backs coach and special teams assistant. After 1999, he went back to Hofstra to be defensive back coach. Also, in 2001, he spent time as a defensive minority intern with the New York Jets.

First stint with Buccaneers

Before the 2002 season, he was hired by the Bucs to become their defensive quality control coach, where he helped them have the top-ranked defense and win the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl, beating the Oakland Raiders 48–21 in Super Bowl XXXVII. In 2003, he became a defensive assistant. From 2004–2005 he was the assistant defensive backs coach. After 2005 he went to Kansas State to be their defensive coordinator.

Kansas State

Morris spent one season with the Kansas State Wildcats in 2006, as defensive coordinator under then-head coach Ron Prince. He helped improve the defense in several statistical categories including total defense, scoring defense and pass defense. He helped the Wildcats upset the #4 Texas Longhorns during the 2006 season.

Second stint with Buccaneers

Before the 2007 season, Morris returned to the Buccaneers to be their defensive backs coach, replacing Greg Burns. After the teams pass defense fell to 19th in 2006, Morris helped the pass defense achieve the league’s top ranking in 2007.

Head coach

In December 2008, it was announced that Morris would take over as defensive coordinator for the Buccaneers for the 2009 season after Monte Kiffin announced that he would be leaving the team to join his son, Lane Kiffin, at Tennessee.[2] Just a month later on January 16, 2009, head coach Jon Gruden was fired by the Buccaneers and Morris was named the team's head coach.[1] Morris had also interviewed for head coach with the Denver Broncos before being hired by Tampa Bay.[3]

After starting the season 0–7, Morris earned his first victory as a head coach in week 9 against the Green Bay Packers. On November 24, 2009 Morris took over as the defensive coordinator after relieving Jim Bates of his duties.[4] He finished his first year as the head coach, leading the team to last in the NFC South with a 3–13 record.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
TAM 2009 3 13 0 .188 4th in NFC South - - - -
TAM Total 3 13 0 .188 - - -
Total[5] 3 13 0 .188 - - -


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jon Gruden
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach
Succeeded by
Current Coach


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