Atlanta Falcons Name Raheem Morris as Interim Head Coach
After the Atlanta Falcons fired Head Coach Dan Quinn, on Sunday, October 11, they’ve recently announced their decision to replace him with their defensive coordinator Raheem Morris.
“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. “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.”
Morris previously served as the head coach for the Tamba Bay Buccaneers prior to joining the Atlanta Falcons in 2015. With the Falcons he held down positions as the defensive backs coach, wide receivers coach, assistant head coach, and secondary coach.
"I think Raheem is a very fine coach. He's been coaching for 17 years now. I think he was part of the reason for our success in the second half of last year," said Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons.
Falcons linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich will take over Morris’ previous post as defensive coordinator.
With the Falcons horrible past season, reports are saying that there might be more cuts to the team. Many are questioning the future of quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones.
In addition, the Falcons still have to decide who will take over as permanent head coach.