Tampa Bay Buccaneers fire head coach Raheem Morris

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Ending a season on a 10-game losing streak won’t do much for your job security. It didn’t for former Buccaneers Head Coach Raheem Morris, who was fired Monday on the heels of a 4-12 season.

“I have a lot of respect and appreciation for the passion Coach Morris gave to our football team, but this change is one we felt was necessary,” GM Mark Dominik said in a statement released by the team.

Morris was 17-31 in three seasons at the helm. He seemed to have the Bucs’ ship headed in the right direction in 2010, leading a youthful roster — he called it “youngry” — to a 10-6 season that fell a tiebreaker short of reaching the playoffs.

However third-year QB Josh Freeman seemed to regress badly in 2011, and Morris’ defense (he also served as its coordinator) surrendered the most points and rushing yards in the league while ranking 30th in total yards allowed.

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