The Atlanta Falcons announced Monday that Raheem Morris will, in fact, be the team’s interim head coach.
“Raheem is a strong leader and a talented coach that has adapted to a variety of roles since joining the Falcons in 2015,” said Rich McKay, Falcons President and CEO. “He has experience as a head coach and has worked on both sides of the ball. We felt that combined with his connection to the players and coaching staff, which will be an important factor as we move forward in 2020, he was the right person to give this responsibility to.”
According to Vaughn McClure, the Falcons are expected to name DC Raheem Morris as their interim head coach.
Morris was working as a co-defensive coordinator while also in charge of the secondary with LB coach Jeff Ulbrich. Now, he’ll guide the Falcons through the rest of the 2020 season in what is his second stint as an NFL head coach.
Morris moved to defensive coordinator last season after previously working with the wide receivers.
Morris, 44, began coaching at Hofstra as a graduate assistant back in 1998. He later took his first NFL coaching job with the Buccaneers as their defensive quality control coach and managed to work his way up to head coach in 2009.
The Buccaneers fired Morris after three seasons. He spent a few years with the Redskins before the Falcons hired him as their assistant head coach/DBs coach in 2015.
As the Buccaneers head coach, Morris led the team to a record of 17-31 (35.4 percent) over the course of three seasons.