The Buccaneers have named Pat Morris their offensive line coach, replacing Pete Mangurian, who was fired on Friday.
Morris previously had coached the offensive line of the Vikings, where his unit helped Adrian Peterson carve up defenses for the past three seasons. The 14-year NFL coaching veteran has also been on the Lions' and 49ers' staffs. He previously worked with Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Greg Olson when Morris was the Lions' offensive line coach in 2004-05 and Olson was QB coach and then offensive coordinator.
The switch from Mangurian to Morris came as a bit of a surprise, as head coach Raheem Morris said last week that he expected the coaching staff to remain intact for 2011.
The way we see it
Tampa Bay's rushing attack was slow to get going last season, but the emergence of RB LeGarrette Blount down the stretch helped the Bucs come close to qualifying for the playoffs. They have a solid offensive line that should develop more under Morris' tutelage.