Kiffin: Bucs in good hands with Morris

Anyone who has any questions about how Raheem Morris will fare as the new Buccaneers defensive coordinator needed to only listen Monday to Monte Kiffin, the old Buccaneers defensive coordinator.

“I told the players the other day I think the players know what the general consensus could be,” said Kiffin, who is leaving to join his son Lane at the University of Tennessee. “Even the media doesn’t know Raheem well enough yet. But Raheem is a very enthusiastic person, a very likeable person. He’s got a lot of enthusiasm, but that’s not why he got the job.

“There are coaches like that, but they can’t really coordinate. They may be excellent position coaches, but Raheem, he’s ready. He deserves it, he’s ready, and he can do it. I felt [USC head coach] Pete Carroll at age 25 when he was a (graduate assistant) at the University of Arkansas, he was there about three weeks, and Lou Holtz was the head coach. Coach Holtz said, ‘How’s that young guy doing in there, that GA for you?’ I said, ‘Well, get to know him, because he won’t be here very long,’ and he had a full-time job at Ohio State the next year, and he was in the Rose Bowl the next year with [former Ohio State head coach] Earl Bruce.

“You can tell sometimes, and I saw that with [Steelers head coach] Mike Tomlin, and sometimes you can catch (that) in an interview. But I’m not saying they’re going to get there right away, but you can sometimes tell, and I could tell that with Raheem when I interviewed him when he was with us back when he was 26 years old. So they’re in good shape.”

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