Morris hires Bates as Bucs’ defensive coordinator

New Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris has been compared to the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin. Now Morris’ first significant hire is the kind that Tomlin has.

Just as Tomlin has been able to lean on veteran defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, Morris now can do the same with his defensive coordinator, Jim Bates.

Morris hired Bates on Thursday, giving Tampa Bay’s coaching staff the type of veteran presence it needs. Bates is the former Broncos and Dolphins defensive coordinator who temporarily served as Miami’s head coach.

Many names had been speculated on as Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator, but Bates was the man the Bucs wanted all along. Thursday, they got their man.

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