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Reports Already Stating Morris the Next Bucs Head Coach


Steve Duemig of WDAE radio in Tampa reports that Buccaneers defensive coordinator Raheem Morris will be the next head coach of the team, and that director of pro personnel Mark Dominik will be the next G.M.

Ownership can make these moves without conducting a full-blown search because the Rooney Rule requires only that a minority candidate be interviewed for each head-coaching opening. Since Morris is an minority candidate, he can be the only candidate considered.

Also, the Rooney Rule does not apply to front-office hires. That said, the league office has encouraged teams to interview at least one minority candidate for G.M.-type jobs.

Dominik had been linked to the G.M. position in Kansas City. We’ve heard from several sources, however, that Dominik was never seriously considered, possibly in part because he was apparently using the media to force his name into the mix.

The news comes at a time when there was mounting rumor and speculation that former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is putting out feelers regarding a possible return to the sidelines in 2009. The thinking is that, in Tampa, Shanahan would have teamed up with Mike Lombardi as G.M. Lombardi worked with Shanahan in Denver during the 2007 season on an unpaid basis after being fired by the Raiders.

If Duemig’s report is accurate, Shanahan won’t be getting the job.

It’s unclear how quickly the positions will be filled. Teams are preparing for free agency and the draft, so the faster any job can be filled, the better prepared the franchise will be.

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