Morrison Hopeful He Will Be with the Jags in 2011

Linebacker Kirk Morrison hopes he’s back with the team this season. Morrison was traded to the Jaguars buy the Raiders on the day of the 2010 draft, and he admitted there was an adjustment period.

“I wouldn’t call it a down year, but it’s definitely an adjustment period for me,” he said. “Philosophy changed, the aggressiveness changed, a lot of things changed. I was playing in the same system for five years. This year in Jacksonville was tough for me. You come from Oakland, play a man scheme and never play cover-2 at all. And you get to Jacksonville and there’s a lot of multiple coverages, never man. You kind of revert back to what you did. Reaction time is not where you want it to be.”

Jaguars linebackers coach Mark Duffner said, “He got better as the year went on. I think he had a very typical orientation. … He’s a great pro. He’s got desire, work ethic, attitude, competitiveness. All the traits that you want in a player. He has to get better. That’s his goal.” Morrison will be a free agent when the lockout ends, but he is hopeful of being re-signed. “I definitely want to come back and be a part of this team, and there’s a lot more football left in me,” he said.

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