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Raheem Morris To Replace Kiffin At Tampa Bay

Dec 25, 2008 9:49 PM EST

Secondary coach Raheem Morris will take over as defensive coordinator of the Buccaneers in 2009, ensuring continuity next season with Monte Kiffin leaving the NFL to join his son, Lane, at the University of Tennessee.

If the Bucs (9-6) don't make the playoffs, Sunday will be the 68-year-old Kiffin's last game in Tampa Bay.

"He's been with me a long time and he's had a lot of success here. He's had his hand in a lot of real good things," Coach Jon Gruden said, adding he wanted to end speculation about Kiffin's successor and whether the Bucs will continue to run the Tampa 2 scheme.

"I like this defense. I believe in it and certainly believe in Raheem Morris. I believe he'll be outstanding."

Via ESPN