With the Senior Bowl kicking off today, there’s word trickling out of Mobile, Alabama that Raheem Morris is in deep discussions with current Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker coach Joe Barry about persuading him to remain with the team rather then except an offer by newly named Tennessee Volunteers coach Derek Dooley to become the Vols defensive coordinator. According to a report on CollegeFootballTalk.com last week that speculated, Tennessee could pay its defensive coordinator a seven-figure salary.
Morris and general manager Mark Dominik will have to do one hell of a sell job on Barry, which could include a slight raise and a title change to ensure Barry remains with the Bucs in 2010.
Currently the team has no one who carries the title as defensive coordinator, after the ousting of Jim Bates 10-games into the 2009 regular season. While Morris has taken over as play caller, there is no coach carrying the job title.
But to persuade Barry into staying and passing up job security in the College ranks with a looming work stoppage on the horizon for the NFL in 2011, one would think Barry is looking to get his name and reputation restored after the debacle in Detroit. But to do so would need at least a higher job title to restore some luster to his name.
In Other News
Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune is reporting that assistant wide receivers coach Tim Berbenich isn’t a likely candidate to become the teams new quarterbacks coach.
Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson told St. Petersburg Times beat writer Rick Stroud that the teams focus this off-season will be on trying to work on improving Josh Freeman’s accuracy, fundamentals and working on ball security.
NFL Draft Related News
Matt McGuire of Walterfootball.com, who is live out at Senior bowl practices this week has the latest from today weigh-ins.
NFL.com draft analyst Mike Mayock published his top five rankings by position today. There are some notable surprises in his rankings as UCLA’s defensive tackle Brian Price is not ranked in his top five.