Pat Morris will enter his second year with the Buffalo Bills as the team’s offensive line coach in 2014 – his 17th season in the NFL.
Buffalo’s offensive line helped pave the way for the Bills rushing game to post the second-best mark in the NFL in 2013 with an average of 144.2 rushing yards per game.The offensive line also opened up the field to account for 56 rushing plays of 10-plus yards – the second-most such plays in the AFC on the season.
Four members of Morris’ offensive line – C Eric Wood, RG Kraig Urbik, LT Cordy Glenn and RT Erik Pears – started all 16 games in 2013, while LG Doug Legursky started each of the final 11 games.
He began his NFL coaching career in 1997 with the San Francisco 49ers as the team’s tight ends and assistant offensive line coach, a position he held through 1998. He was elevated to the 49ers’ offensive line coach for the next five years from 1999-2003. Following his seven-year stint with San Francisco, Morris went on to oversee the offensive lines of Detroit (2004-05), Minnesota (2006-10) and Tampa Bay (2011).
Morris has guided an offensive line that paved the way for a top 10 rushing offense nine times in his 15-year NFL coaching career, including three campaigns as the league’s top-ranked in 1998, 1999 and 2007. Morris’ offensive lines have blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher 11 times in his 15 seasons in the NFL.
While with Tampa Bay in 2011, Morris helped G Davin Joseph earn his second trip to the Pro Bowl as the Buccaneers’ offensive line held their opponents to 32.0 sacks – tied as the fourth-fewest in the NFC.
From 2006-10, Morris worked with the offensive line of the Minnesota Vikings. Three different members of Minnesota’s offensive line earned Pro Bowl honors from 2007-10 and helped lead the team to back-to-back NFC North titles in 2008 and 2009. The Vikings offensive line helped RB Adrian Peterson become the first Viking in team history to lead the NFL in rushing in 2008, while protecting for QB Brett Favre who posted one of his best statistical years of his career.
Morris spent two years as the offensive line coach with the Detroit Lions from 2004-05.In his two years with Detroit, the Lions’ offensive line yielded the fourth-fewest sacks in the NFC (68). The Lions’ offensive line helped produce rookie RB Kevin Jones’ breakout campaign in 2004 as he led Detroit with 1,133 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
The 49ers advanced to the postseason in four of Morris’ seven years with the team (1999-2003) and captured a pair of NFC West titles. The 49ers totaled the second-highest rushing offense (135.5 rushing yards per game) and the offensive line held opponents to the third-fewest sacks in the NFL from 1999-2003 (135). Four San Francisco offensive linemen were selected to the Pro Bowl under Morris’ tutelage.
Prior to entering the NFL coaching ranks, Morris spent 21 seasons on the college sidelines with stops at Southern California, Northern Arizona, Minnesota, Michigan State and Stanford.
After a four-year playing career at Southern California from 1972-75, Morris joined the Trojan coaching staff as a graduate assistant from 1976-77… during his playing and coaching career at USC, Morris was a part of five Rose Bowl teams and two National Championships… born in Cleveland, OH before moving to Southern California… married to his wife, Kathy.