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Raheem Morris Returns: A Homecoming for Atlanta Falcons Head Coach

Few things in the realm of sports provide as much satisfaction as the feeling of returning home. For Raheem Morris, this sentiment rings true as he takes on the role of head coach for the Atlanta Falcons.

Morris honed his skills in Atlanta for six seasons before taking on the position of defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams in 2021. His return to Atlanta not only signifies a professional move but solidifies this place as his true home, a fact not lost on Morris.

In reflecting on his return, Morris expressed the significance of coming back to familiar territory. “This is coming home,” he emphasized. “When you get a chance to go back home in this profession, it is extremely important. It is extremely critical to everybody involved. That was a special moment, not just for me but for my family, for everybody involved, for the media members that I see around, that I know.”

Morris, at the age of 47, has a rich history in the NFL, starting as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive backs coach in 2007 and later becoming their head coach in 2009 at the age of 32. Despite facing challenges, including a three-season stint that led to his firing, Morris continued his journey, serving as the Washington Commanders’ defensive backs coach from 2012 to 2014. His Atlanta chapter began in 2015, where he played various roles in a star-studded coaching staff.

Following the dismissal of former head coach Dan Quinn in the 2020 season, Morris stepped up as the interim head coach, guiding the Falcons to a 4-7 record during his tenure. Despite not securing the permanent head coaching position, Morris found success with the Los Angeles Rams, making the playoffs twice and clinching a Super Bowl victory.

Armed with lessons learned from both his time with the Rams and his previous stint in Atlanta, Morris is poised to guide the Falcons to new heights in his second coaching tenure. “A big part of what we do here is listening, and when I was here, I had the ability to grow and learn and develop,” Morris explained. “Being here in 2016 and reaching the pinnacle and just coming up short, that was a real critical moment for me.”

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way


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