Raheem Morris’ resume must’ve gotten the Jacksonville Jaguars’ attention.
Raheem Morris started coaching in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in the 2000s. He began as a defensive quality control coach and worked his way up to assistant defensive backs coach. He then became Kansas State defensive coordinator in 2006 and returned to the ‘Bucs’ the following year as their defensive backs coach.
Morris again got promoted, first to defensive coordinator in 2009 and later to head coach the same year. Looking back, the New Jersey native might not have been ready to take on the job. In three years at the helm, he amassed a 17-31 record and was let go after the 2011 season.
That wasn’t the end of Morris’ story though. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be talking about him. After getting the pink slip, he joined the Washington Football Team’s coaching staff as a defensive backs coach, a job he held for three seasons before the Atlanta Falcons hired him as their assistant head coach/defensive backs coach in 2015.
Again, Morris steadily moved up the ladder and became the Falcons defensive coordinator this past season. He was then promoted to interim head coach after the team fired Dan Quinn. Morris finished the season with a 4-7 record. At first sight, it may not look impressive but keep in mind he took over a team that had gone 0-5 with Quinn leading the way.