Raheem Morris wears many hats, he's the head coach and the defensive coordinator of the Buccaneers, despite his youth and limited experience. In fact, he didn't even have coordinator experience before becoming head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And initially he didn't want to play the defensive leader of the team and the proven, experienced Jim Bates was hired as coordinator instead. Proven, experienced Jim Bates turned out to be the wrong man for the job, botching the defense and (supposedly) not running the kind of scheme Raheem wanted to see. He was trying to fit square pegs into round holes by asking his defensive linemen to play two gaps, Ronde Barber to play man coverage and Sabby Piscitelli to play at all. But when Raheem took over toward the end of the 2009 season, the defense seemed to function better. Raheem went back to the old, familiar Tampa 2, and implemented his own wrinkles. The run defense got a little better, but the pass defense got a whole lot better and was a big reason the Bucs managed to win games against the Saints and Seahawks that year.
At the same time, though, there are not a lot of coaches who are also coordinators. Even the best specialists like Rex Ryan have coordinators to help them run things on a day to day basis. Sean Payton and Bill Belichick are two very succesful head coaches who also work as coordinators, but they had a lot more experience as coordinators before becoming head coaches. Raheem Morris didn't have that and he still seems to be experimenting with his defense and figuring out what, exactly, he wants to do. But being a head coach costs a lot of time and effort, and experimenting with defenses as a defensive coordinator does as well. Would Raheem be better served focusing on just one task, and delegating a lot of the coordinator responsibilities?
Raheem Morris is an excellent motivator and I like his defensive scheme. At the same time, though, the defensive performance especially as a run defense has been poor the past two years. The pass defense hasn't been bad since Raheem took over as coordinator, but it's hardly a top pass defense unit either. And as a head coach, Raheem isn't the greatest strategist either. Botched challenges were a hallmark of his, although he seemed to get the hang of it late this year. And the time management toward the end of halves has been bad, although again improvement has been made. In other words: there's plenty of improvement to be made for him as a head coach as well as a defensive coordinator.
Should the Bucs hire a defensive coordinator?
Yes, Raheem needs to focus on his head coaching (52 votes)
No, Raheem's doing a good job (144 votes)
196 total votes