The Redskins have officially announced the hiring of Raheem Morris as defensive backs coach.Word of the addition of the former Tampa Bay Bucs head coach to the staff was reported in the media a couple of weeks ago. At the same time, it was reported that the team did not renew the contracts of wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell and safeties coach Steve Jackson. The team has not officially confirmed those moves.The team's press release on the hiring of Morris follows after the jump.ASHBURN, Va. The Washington Redskins announced today that they have hired Raheem Morris as Defensive Backs Coach.Morris, 35, spent the last three seasons as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after having been hired as the leagues youngest head coach in 2009. In 2010, his team finished with a 10-6 record one season removed from finishing 3-13, marking the best single-season turnaround in the NFL in 2010 and the largest turnaround in Buccaneers history.Prior to his tenure as head coach, Morris served in multiple capacities with the Buccaneers during two different stints with the team. He spent two seasons as the teams defensive backs coach from 2007-08, during which time the Buccaneers allowed only 170.5 passing yards per game, the lowest total in the NFC and the second-lowest total in the league. In those two seasons, the Buccaneers totaled 22 interceptions, tied for the most in the NFC.Morris spent one year as the defensive coordinator at Kansas State University in 2006. Morris helped garner conference recognition for seven players on his defensive unit, including two first-team All-Big 12 honorees and one second-team selection.Morris NFL coaching debut came in 2002, when he served as the defensive quality control coach for the Buccaneers en route to the teams first championship in Super Bowl XXXVII. That season, the Buccaneers defense allowed a league-low 12.3 points per game, the third-lowest average allowed by an NFL team since 2000. He served as a defensive assistant in 2003 and as an assistant defensive backs coach from 2004-05.During his 10 seasons with the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay finished ranked in the Top 5 in the NFL in total defense five times, including No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2005. Additionally, the defense finished as the top-ranked pass defense on three occasions (2002, 2004 and 2007) and seventh or better in seven of 10 seasons with Morris on the staff.Morris began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Hofstra in 1998, where he was responsible for coaching the offensive scout team, developing scouting reports and handling video breakdown and computer input and analysis. He then landed at Cornell University as defensive backs coach and special teams assistant for the 1999 season. Morris joined Tampa Bay after spending 2000-01 seasons as defensive backs coach at Hofstra University. He also spent time in the fall of 2001 with the New York Jets, serving a defensive minority internship.Morris played collegiately as a safety at Hofstra from 1994-97, and received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. Morris, an Irvington, N.J. native, was presented the Key to the City in his hometown during Raheem Morris Day on June 5, 2009.
Redskins announce hiring of Raheem Morris
January 23, 2012, 9:26 pm