Los Angeles Rams hire Raheem Morris as defensive coordinator

Dec 18, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons assistant head coach Raheem Morris during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams agreed to terms Thursday with Raheem Morris as their new defensive coordinator.

The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and Atlanta Falcons interim coach replaces Brandon Staley, who became the Los Angeles Chargers’ new head coach on Sunday.

Morris, 44, reportedly also interviewed with the Jacksonville Jaguars about their defensive coordinator position before accepting the job on Sean McVay’s staff in Los Angeles.

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Raheem Morris takes over Rams’ No. 1 defense

Raheem Morris takes over Rams' No. 1 defense
Dec 30, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Raheem Morris during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Having worked on NFL sidelines since 2002, Morris served for 11 games as the Falcons’ interim coach in 2020 and three seasons coaching the Buccaneers from 2009-11. He went 4-7 last season after Dan Quinn was fired and compiled a 17-31 record with the Bucs, highlighted by a 10-6 season in 2010.

He began last season as Atlanta’s defensive coordinator, and Morris joined the Falcons in 2015 as an assistant head coach and defensive backs coach following three seasons coaching defensive backs in Washington (2012-14).

McVay and Morris are well-acquainted, having worked together for two seasons in Washington (2012-13) and one season in Tampa Bay (2008).

Morris inherits a defense that finished No. 1 in the NFL in both scoring defense (18.5 points per game) and total yards allowed (281.9 yards per game).

–Field Level Media