Update: Chicago opts for Mel Tucker for defensive coordinator after scheduling interview with Raheem Morris

January 18, 2013

Raheem Morris spent his first eight NFL coaching seasons with the Buccaneers. (Associated Press)

UPDATE 7 p.m.: The Chicago Bears have announced the hiring of Mel Tucker as their defensive coordinator position.

The Bears had scheduled an interview with Redskins defensive backs coach, according to two people with knowledge of the situation, and was in route to Chicago as of 6 p.m. Friday. But an hour later, Chicago announced they had finalized a deal with Tucker.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the Bears would interview Morris, who last season signed a one-year deal with Washington, for another position, or if they would cancel their interview with the coach once he landed.

Morris has been in negotiations with Washington, a person familiar with the situation said, but he also has been considering other options, such as the Chicago and Cleveland openings.

Original post: Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris continues to generate interest from teams for defensive coordinator positions.

Morris on Saturday will interview with the Chicago Bears for their vacant defensive coordinator position, two people with knowledge of the situation said.

The 36-year-old Morris had drawn interest from the Cleveland Browns for their defensive coordinator position, but the Browns on Friday instead hired Ray Horton, who had been relieved of his duties by the Arizona Cardinals.

Morris joined Washington’s staff last January after three seasons as Tampa Bay’s head coach.

He had an agreement with the Redskins at the time of his hiring that he could pursue any future defensive coordinator positions that he wished.

Chicago this week hired Marc Trestman as head coach, and the former Montreal Alouettes coach is working to assemble his staff.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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