Raheem Morris turned down Vikings' coordinator job
Raheem Morris was offered the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator job but said he didn’t feel he could accept it after giving the Washington Redskins his word he would become their secondary coach.
That is how Mike Jones of the Washington Post lays out the timeline for the former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying that the Vikings called and offered their position to Morris a day after he committed to the Redskins.
“ Right away, once I came here, and I came here pretty quickly and got a chance to sit down with these guys, I got a great feel about coming here,” Morris said, according to Jones. “But I got an opportunity to interview with Minnesota, and I did, and we waited a little bit, but I didn’t want to miss a great opportunity to come to Washington. So I had to give these guys an answer in Washington, and I gave them the answer, and I felt confident in my decision.
“A lot of people might think it’s a missed opportunity not going to Minnesota after they offered, but I believe that in this game, all you have is your word and your tape, and I gave these guys my word, and I wanted to come here and help them this year, and I was going to do it.”
Morris made the right move and it’s a tricky situation because teams try to put the squeeze on assistants to get them on board – we need a decision now is what they say. The Vikings’ situation is tenuous with head coach Leslie Frazier entering what is a must-win season. The Redskins’ situation might not be a lot better for Mike Shanahan but owner Daniel Snyder is known for having one of the highest-paid staffs in the league.
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