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Morris returns to Tampa with struggling Redskins secondary

Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 02:31 PM


When Raheem Morris returns to Raymond James Stadium this Sunday, he'll have some supporters roaming the visitor's sidelines.

Morris coached the Buccaneers for three seasons before a 10-game losing streak triggered his dismissal eight months ago. He wasn't out of work very long before Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan noticed he was available.

"He's always up and he does a great job of motivating players,'' Shanahan said today. "Raheem's fun to be around. I was very excited when we had the opportunity to get him.''

Morris is coaching Washington's secondary and the Redskins (1-2) have been struggling to shut down passing games. Opposing quarterbacks have combined for a 105.3 passer rating against the Redskins, who have registered only one interception while yielding 10 touchdowns through the air.

The Redskins are averaging an NFL-high 33 points per game under rookie quarterback Robert Griffin, who noted the significance of Sunday's matchup to Morris.

"When it comes to coaches, the turnover's so much that a lot of times it doesn't have that vengeance or that want for revenge,'' Griffin said, "but we are human and I'm sure he wants to win this game.

"Raheem brings a lot of energy to practice. He has a good presence on the sidelines and we love having him here. If we can go get the win and say that it was for him, that would be fine.''