Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is predicted to be named the Atlanta Falcons‘ interim head coach Monday, in keeping with a league supply.
Morris replaces Dan Quinn, who was fired Sunday together with normal supervisor Thomas Dimitroff.
Morris has coached on each side of the ball in Atlanta. He was the top coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009 to 2011, ending with a 17-31 report. Now he takes over an 0-5 Falcons crew.
Morris, who switched from teaching huge receivers final season to work with the defensive backs, was credited with serving to the Falcons’ dramatic turnaround in 2019 following a 1-7 begin. The crew closed the season 6-2 to complete 7-9, primarily saving Quinn’s job for yet another season.
Some considered Morris, 44, as a possible head-coaching candidate this previous offseason. One NFC crew even inquired about bringing him in for an interview, though Morris by no means interviewed with any crew.
Each Falcons proprietor Arthur Clean and Quinn gave Morris their blessing to pursue head-coaching alternatives, even after Morris was named the crew’s defensive coordinator for 2020.
“I at all times imagine that you simply wish to assist folks within the NFL,” Clean advised ESPN within the offseason, concerning Morris. “The NFL is an enormous fraternity in some ways. You’ve got people that deserve a chance. And in the event that they get it, you wish to give it to them.
“I believe Raheem is a really positive coach. He is been teaching for 17 years now. I believe he was a part of the explanation for our success within the second half of final yr.”
Now Morris has the problem of making an attempt to inject life in a Falcons crew that’s 0-5 for the primary time since 1997. Issues exist on each side of the ball, with the protection surrendering 32.2 factors and 446 yards per recreation, and an offense struggling to seek out the tip zone on a constant foundation. To not point out the Falcons had a well-publicized special-teams gaffe: a failed onside kick restoration in Dallas that resulted in a 40-39 loss to the Cowboys.
It’s unclear if Morris will proceed his defensive coordinator duties. Assistant head coach/linebackers Jeff Ulbrich shared the defensive playcalling with Morris through the second half of final yr.
The Falcons are the primary crew in league historical past to blow 15-plus-point, fourth-quarter leads in a number of video games throughout a single season.
The Falcons, whose 23-16 home loss to the Carolina Panthers led to the firings of Quinn and Dimitroff, subsequent face the Minnesota Vikings (1-4) on the highway Sunday. Workforce president and CEO Wealthy McKay has assumed the day-to-day oversight of soccer operations within the interim and can help Clean within the seek for a brand new normal supervisor and head coach.
The Falcons final began 0-6 through the 1996 season, once they completed 3-13 below June Jones.