It appears former Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris will not be joining former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and former Bucs safety John Lynch in San Francisco after all.
The Falcons have been saying for weeks now that want to keep Morris for themselves and they’ve done so by giving him a new title and, we suppose, some new responsibilities. What’s interesting is that the new responsibilities Morris has been charged with are once again on the offensive side of the ball, where Morris is now the Falcons passing-game coordinator.
Morris is coming off his first season as the Falcons wide receivers coach and he will continue to do that job as well as work tightly alongside Falcons coach Dan Quinn as his assistant head coach.
This is all very interesting, because we are literally watching a former defensive coach, one groomed in part by both Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, re-invent himself right before our eyes.
The best thing about that is that it’s sure to lead to bigger and better things for Morris, who was considered one of the NFL’s best young coaches when he took over as the Bucs head coach back in 2009.
Morris lost that status as one of the game’s best young minds after the Bucs quit on him down the stretch in 2011 but he’s gaining it back again as a member of Quinn’s staff in Atlanta.
Good for him. The thinking here is it won’t be long before Morris becomes a full-fledged coordinator again. The question of course is which side of the ball will he be calling the shots for.
Morris was groomed as a secondary coach and was named the Bucs defensive coordinator after Monte Kiffin announced in 2008 that he was leaving the Bucs to work for his son at the University of Tennessee.
Morris never worked a game as a DC, though, taking over as the Bucs head coach just weeks after interviewing for the same job with the Broncos when the Bucs fired Jon Gruden following their 9-7 season in 2008. Morris did have a 10-6 season in 2010 but was fired the following year.
Given the success Morris has had working with the Falcons receivers and the faith Quinn seems to have in him on the offensive side of the ball, another shot at a head coaching position may not be far off either.