Update 5:50 p.m.
The Washington Redskins met this week with former Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris about joining their staff as a defensive backs coach, according to two people familiar with the situation.
Morris, fired by the Buccaneers after a 4-12 season, met with members of Redskins management Wednesday, according to the two sources. But he was not hired because the 36-year-old also is drawing interest from at least one other team for a defensive coordinator’s position and wants to continue exploring his options, one of those people said.
One of the people with knowledge of the situation did not believe the Redskins’ chances of landing Morris were very good. It’s believed that Morris, who spent the last three seasons as Tampa Bay’s head coach, is seeking a job with more authority than defensive backs coach, such as defensive backs/assistant head coaching role.
But Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett functions as head coach of the defense and running backs coach Bobby Turner holds an assistant head coach title.
The Washington Redskins are considering former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris for an assistant coaching role, according to a league source.
Morris, fired by the Buccaneers after a 4-12 season, met with members of Redskins management Wednesday, according to the source. Morris has experience as a defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator.
Washington’s defense improved in its second season under coordinator Jim Haslett, going from 31st in the league last year to 13th in 2011.
The unit’s secondary had its struggles however. The Redskins ranked 13th against the pass this season, surrendering 221.0 yards a game through the air, an improvement over last year’s average of 261.7 yards allowed (31st in the league). But Washington’s defensive backs combined for only 10 interceptions, which ranked among the worst in the league.
Washington’s current defensive backs coach is Bob Slowik, who served as Mike Shanahan’s defensive coordinator in Denver in 2007 and 2008. Slowik is coming off his second season with the Redskins. The team’s safeties coach, Steve Jackson, is the lone member of the Redskins’ defensive coaching staff who wasn’t originally hired by Shanahan and Haslett. Jackson joined the Redskins in 2004 and has coached the safeties for the last seven seasons.
Morris has strong ties to some members of the Redskins organization. He and current Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan served as assistants in Tampa Bay in the mid-2000’s. Shanahan worked as an offensive quality control assistant, while Morris held the assistant defensive backs coach post. Kyle Shanahan and Morris remain close.
During those seasons, current Redskins general manager Bruce Allen was general manager with the Buccaneers.
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