The LA Rams lost former first-year Defensive Coordinator Brandon Staley after their 2020 NFL season when he was hired to become the Head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. Before that, the Rams had flourished under the watchful eye of former venerable Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips. If you recall, Phillips led the LA Rams defense from 2017-2019. Then Staley took over for 2020. Since that time, the defense has been entrusted to Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris. from 2021-2023.
But, by all accounts, it appears that the LA Rams defense may be looking for a new skipper to steer the ship in 2024 and into the future. LA Rams DC Raheem Morris had interviewed with five NFL teams to this point. Now, ESPN's NFL Insider, Adam Schefter reports that Morris has been asked to appear for a second in-person interview with four NFL teams: The Atlanta Falcons, the Carolina Panthers, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Washington Commanders.
Four teams. That sound pretty promising for Raheem Morris.
My guess is (and at this point, it's merely speculation) that one or more teams will make an offer to bring in Raheem Morris as their next head coach. The need exists for multiple NFL teams to harness what Morris excels at. In this case, it's the ability to see starlight in the darkness. Far too many NFL teams are mired in the unforgiving history of squandered opportunities and poor judgment, to the point that the entire organization has stopped believing that help is on the way.
Of all DCs in the NFL, how many do you think of when reconsidering what the LA Rams asked of Morris in 2023. Essentially, the Rams planned to part ways with two All-Pro NFL legends for nothing in return (at least in terms of defensive help). The secondary would be rostered by second-year players who had limited playing time in 2022. And the Rams would rely on at least two rookies as starters in 2023,. Worst of all, the Rams shed any veteran experience from their OLB room.
Despite all these factors, or perhaps thanks to them, the LA Rams went on a 7-2 run after their Week 10 BYE to land a sixth-seeded berth in the 2024 NFL Playoffs. The Rams were just two points away from advancing to the Divisional Round. From what we had seen so far, the Rams appeared to be tough matchups for any NFC playoff teams that have continued to compete past the Wild Card Round.