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Bucs talking to Pats assistant Pete Mangurian

Posted Jan 23, 2009 by Ira Kaufman

Updated Jan 23, 2009 at 03:57 PM

Patriots tight ends coach Pete Mangurian, the head coach at Cornell when Raheem Morris led the Big Red secondary a decade ago, is talking to Morris about joining the Buccaneer staff.

Mangurian, 53, has coached New England’s tight ends for the past four seasons. He served as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator in 2003 and coached the offensive line for the 2002 Falcons.

Morris, elevated to Tampa Bay’s head coach a week ago, coached the Cornell secondary and assisted on special teams in 1999. Mangurian served as Cornell’s head coach from 1998-2000.

The Bucs named Jim Bates defensive coordinator on Thursday and Morris is interviewing candidates for several other staff openings, including offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and tight ends coach.

Mangurian is not considered a candidate for the offensive coordinator position in Tampa.

Reader Comments

Por (oar) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

What, no article on the Bucs passing up Linehan? He signed with the Lions instead.

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Por (:PapaJohn) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Is Morris only going to hire people he worked with?

Hiring Mangurian or Olsen along to go with Bates is ridiculous and narrow-minded.

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Por (oar) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

PapaJohn, I’m afraid it might just happen that way.

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Por (Paul) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

The Bucs didn’t pass on Linehan, He passed on the Cheap salary! There will be no big names on the coach staff(muir)there will be no big name free agents again. Thats probably why Gruden left the Glazerdorks told him they were not spending any money. 0-16

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Por (Nick Smith) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Great!
 
Tight Ends Coach from New England!

Excellent!

Everything is fine now!

The Bucs maybe kind of have a chance to probably sort of be “competitive” in 2009.

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Por (Greg) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I will reserve judgement and comments on the new coaching staff. It will take time for this new staff to put it together. The Draft is the key to the Bucs future. If they screw that up, which I doubt they will, it would be a long road uphill. I saw a QB’s name from Kansas State as having the Bucs being interested in drafting him. The player never caught my attention so I hope it is a false media report. What made Kansas State good was it’s running game. The guy I would really like is Colt McCoy of Texas when he comes out next year. But could the Bucs get him. It is doubtful.

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Por (:PapaJohn) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I doubt they will win more than 5 games next year Greg.

A grime outlook but with a new, very young coach and no top-5 pick, all signs point that way. Losing a home game to play in Europe doesn’t help too.

They should have a shot at Bradford, McCoy, or Tebow IF Morris throws the offense a bone in 10’draft. His immaturity may make him focus on the D too much early.

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Por (BucFandango) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I think it’s pretty slim pickings out there right now, when it comes to coaches. I like this guy. I don’t think it matters exactly which job he takes. He’s versatile and knows how to coach. Bill Belichick has quite a track record of success and what better coaching staff to raid than NE. Every day that goes by, I like Raheem a little more. This could work out well. I think Olson will get the OC promotion. Soon it will be about the players and this whole deal has brought some hope & excitement. Go Bucs!!!

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Por (Scott) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Wow!!! We had Gruden and Allen. Now we have a bunch of nobodies. These next three years are going to $uck until Morris and his no name loser staff of NFL retreads is fired and the Glazers do some research and spend some money and get some REAL coaches in here. Guess I’ll save some money next year on the ever escalating NFL package. For you rubes in Oldsmar, escalating means the price is rising.

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Por (bozo the clown) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

morons.

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Por (bozo the clown) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

morris and dominik are doing fine so far… the coaching pool is not thin… why do all you idiots look for big-name coaches?... it’s all about chemistry… on the coaching staff and with the players… the “sexy” names don’t often lead to better results…

jeezus, you people are f&#%!@ing stupid.

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Por (Mitch R) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

All of you, there’s great football minds out there and they don’t neccessarily have to have great names attached to them.  Was Belechik a top guy when he took over in New England?  All I remember was him getting fired in Cleveland and serving under Parcells in NY.  What about Mike Smith?  Ever hear of him before he guided Atlanta to a 11-5 record?  What about Ken Wisenhunt in Arizona?

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Por (Nick Smith) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mitch,
Yes, I did know plenty about both Ken Whisenhunt (Whisenhunt with a “Wh” that is) and Mike Smith before this year and even before they had their HC jobs. 

And I wish the Bucs had made their move back when these guys went to AZ and ATL respectively.  Don’t you?!?

Both Whisenhunt and Smith had phenomenal records and reputations, when they were being pursued by multiple teams.

And wasn’t this around the same time that the Glazer’s were deciding to give our beloved Jonny boy a 4-year contract extension?

You have to admit it is very hard to fully support this circus.

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Por (Mitch R) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Nick, sure many knew, but the vast majority of people didn’t know.  THe point I was trying to make is that it doesn’t take a name brand to succeed in this league.  Morris was going to be a HC, if not with us this year, then perhaps with another and odds are within another year or two.  So I don’t think we got him on the cheap.

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Por (BucFandango) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Bozo,if I may coin a phrase that is probably older than you are, “Cram it Clown!” Vintage Groovetube, and while your at it Bozo, have a little Brown 25 for brain food.

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Por (Nick Smith) on January 23, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I’m supportive of Raheem Morris and hopeful he turns the Bucs around, but I just don’t quite get these coaching decisions.

I’m still also holding out for a quality draft and FA signings this off-season.

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Por (Bozo the Clown) on January 24, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Wow, BucFandango, I really got under your skin for some reason. When the call went out for morons, you were the one who responded.

But the one who really deserves the moron award is “Scott from Great Mills, MD” who apparently thinks he knows who the REAL coaches are. Scott retired from his perch as an NFL G.M. to share his thoughts on hiring a coaching staff while simultaneously stroking has manhood.

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Por (Michael Rose) on January 24, 2009 (Suggest removal)

MORRIS immaturity makes him focus on the defense too much !!!! WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT ?  IN THE “SMASHMOUTH SOUTH” division u must STOP THE RUN first and wasn’t crammed right down our pieholes the last 4 games ! ALBERT HAYNESWORTH should be persued and grab BJ Raji(Boston College DT)in the draft. QB can come later !!

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Por (Scott) on January 24, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Bozo, not sure what your sexual “tendencies” are, but please, stay off my manhood. We were at least competetive most years. Many people still thought the Bucs didn’t get enough national attention. We’ve now dropped down another notch, in the same league as St. Louis and Kansas City. I believe Morris will eventually (5-10 years) turn out to be a good coach, but the rest of the staff $ucks. I was born and raised in Tampa and it kills me to be going back to this mediocre crap.

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Por (John McKay) on January 24, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Three or four plane crashes this summer and we’re in the playoffs.

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Por (:PapaJohn) on January 24, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mitch & Micheal: What do Sparano, Whisenhunt, Smith, Scwartz, Spagnola, except S’s in their names? They been in foorball a heck of a lot longer than Morris.

Morris’s immaturity is in reference to he may no very little from the offense side of the ball which is why he do things early on like hiring coaches he worked with and drafting D-players.

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Por (Mitch R) on January 24, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Papa, You are correct, he is immature from an experience standpoint, but he does have a quality that many people are looking for in today’s generation of young coaches, entusiasm and the ability to relate to today’s generation of players.  I certainly think that the team will respond to him more than Gruden.  I saw too many instances over the past couple of years where in must win situations, the team was flat.  But I disagree that you have to be in the NFL for 20 years to be successful in this league.  If you surround yourself with experience on both sides of the ball and have talented players, you can win.  Only time will tell how good Morris will be, but I’m not booking playoff plans yet for the next couple of years.

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Por (BucFandango) on January 24, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Mitch, I agree with you. I do think Morris may just surprise a few people. This team did win 9 games last year and with a good draft and some FA moves, they can be right back in the hunt. The NFC South question is what’s going on in Carolina now. They appear to be coming apart at the seams. There appears to be much underlying friction there too. I like how Bates has stayed here since being hired to immediately start the defensive player evaluations. As much as it pains me, I agree with the masses in that it’s time to retire Brooks & Barber. They may be decent trade bait to teams like Seattle or Detroit. Hovan, Simms & June I would consider trading as well.

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Por (Elard Andrews) on January 24, 2009 (Suggest removal)

All I have to say is we need to wait and see what happens. Its early to tell how Morris will do, I am sure he will do well as head coach. The bucs will not be 1 and 16 or 0 and 16 I can tell you that much. If we get this guy as our Tight Ends coach and to mind you from New England is the key, He we will do well with our TE players, (i.e Stevens if he is available , Alex Smith and John Gilmore which has been very good lately the past couple of seasons) So we do need him to get here it will be a great move.

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Por (Elard Andrews) on January 24, 2009 (Suggest removal)

All I have to say is we need to wait and see what happens. Its early to tell how Morris will do, I am sure he will do well as head coach. The bucs will not be 1 and 16 or 0 and 16 I can tell you that much. If we get this guy as our Tight Ends coach and to mind you from New England is the key, He we will do well with our TE players, (i.e Stevens if he is available , Alex Smith and John Gilmore which has been very good lately the past couple of games) So we do need him to get here it will be a great move. Sorry I had miss spell I hate when that happens

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