LA Rams DC Raheem Morris closing in on this HC job . . .
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams are interviewing quite a few coaches to fill a multitude of roles for the team’s coaching staff. But amidst the hustle and bustle of interviews for the staff and interviews by the staff in pursuit of increased roles (and pay) elsewhere, some of you may have lost track of the status of the Rams’ current coaching staff.
To many fans of the LA Rams, the Rams’ struggles throughout this season, and the Rams’ defensive coordinator Raheem Morris has been a cause-and-effect relationship. While statistics do nothing to support that, the demands of the fans to fire Morris began early in the Rams Super Bowl winning season, paused a bit (but not entirely) when the team won four straight playoff games and then resumed as soon as the Rams lost the season opener to the Buffalo Bills.
Well, the likelihood of the Rams losing DC Raheem Morris increased slightly, as the Indianapolis Colts will interview Morris for a second time. Their search has narrowed to four candidates, but of the group, I believe that Morris has as good of a chance as any:
What about the Denver Broncos? Weren’t they in the mix? They are, and just to remind you, this is a recent Denver Broncos podcast featuring the topic of hiring Raheem Morris as their head coach.
The problem is, do the Rams really want to hire their fourth defensive coordinator in four seasons? Not every change is an upgrade, and the LA Rams are already in the market for a new offensive coordinator and special teams coordinator, much like the team began the 2020 offseason. Can the LA Rams get lightning to strike again, and find a top-notch coordinator to hire well after the list of top candidates has already been picked over by other NFL teams?
Be careful what you wish for, you just may get it. The LA Rams, under a new DC, may find that their roster is once more not ‘a fit,’ for what that new defensive scheme is. And there is no going back. Do the Rams like having a good run defense at a time when NFL offenses are discovering the benefits of running the football once more?
This is certainly a situation that bears monitoring.