Falcons replace Dan Quinn with Raheem Morris for rest of 2020 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Raheem Morris has been named the Atlanta Falcons interim head coach. He will finish the rest of the season as the team’s new leader.

Morris takes over for his former boss Dan Quinn, who was fired on Sunday. The Falcons presently has an 0-5 record.

Atlanta Falcons assistant coach Raheem Morris on the sidelines during an NFL game
Raheem Morris on the sidelines during an NFL game (Photo by the Associated Press/Aaron M. Sprecher)

“Raheem is a strong leader and a talented coach that has adapted to a variety of roles since joining the Falcons in 2015,” Falcons President and CEO Rich McKay said. “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 was in his first season as the team’s Defensive Coordinator in 2020. He previously served as the team’s Assistant Head Coach & Defensive Backs Coach, Assistant Head Coach & Wide Receivers Coach, and Assistant Head Coach & Secondary Coach since 2015 with the Falcons.

The 44-year-old has received his second opportunity to be a head coach of a team. He is 17-31 as a head coach in the NFL.

Morris previously led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009 through 2011. He only had one winning season – a 10-6 record during the 2010 season.

His other two seasons in 2009 and 2011, his Buccaneers teams went 7-25.

He has been in the NFL since the 2002 season except for the 2006 season. In 2006, he served as the Defensive Coordinator for the Kansas State Wildcats.

From 2002 through 2020, Morris has been employed by the Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, and the Falcons in the NFL. Morris also coached at Hofstra and Cornell before joining the coaching ranks in the NFL.

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