Per The Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Breer, McVay said he’s “happy and sad at the same time” about Morris landing the new job. The Los Angeles Rams head coach seems to like the move for Atlanta.
Rams coach Sean McVay, via text, on defensive coordinator and close friend Raheem Morris landing the Falcons job: “I can’t say enough good things about the guy”, adding that he’s “happy and sad at the same time”.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 25, 2024
“I can’t say enough good things about the guy,” McVay told Breer. Morris had a long road back to head coaching after going 17-31 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009 to 2011. He was a defensive backs coach for Washington before working his way up to Atlanta’s defensive coordinator in 2020.
The New Jersey native closed the 2020 campaign as Atlanta’s interim HC after the Falcons fired Dan Quinn. They gave the full-time role to Arthur Smith, who coached three 7-10 seasons before getting fired earlier this month.
Meanwhile, McVay hired Morris when defensive coordinator Brandon Staley left to join the Los Angeles Chargers. Morris won his second Super Bowl with the Rams.
After a down 2022, the Rams returned to the playoffs following a 10-7 season. They suffered a 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions in the opening round. Following their elimination, McVay told reporters another head-coaching job for Morris was “well deserved and long overdue.”
“It’d be so bittersweet because he is such a special leader and so deserving of an opportunity to lead a team,” McVay said. The Falcons are expected to name Morris their head coach after interviewing 14 candidates, including Jim Harbaugh and Bill Belichick.