If you want to turn things around quickly for an NFL team, you have pretty good odds of doing so if you poach a head coach, coordinators, and positional coaches from the LA Rams coaching staff. Whether or not they work out for the long haul, the LA Rams organization has become famous as the incubator of coaching candidates for NFL teams seeking success.
Of course, sustained success for any NFL team takes more than a shrewd manner of configuring Xs and Os on a whiteboard. The organization has to be on the same page, must effectively communicate the necessary skill sets for players to succeed on the team, must have everyone in the organization view the same mission and common goals, and ultimately must be able to motivate players to make it all bear fruit on the football field.
Hired as HC
Green Bay Packers
37 (1 tie)
44 (1 tie)
Los Angeles Chargers
If you look at the chart above, two things stand out. With the exception of Bengals' HC Zac Taylor, all former Rams coordinators were able to coach their new teams to a minimum of a .500 record. (We'll touch base with the Bengals situation in a moment). And the other point if the fact that despite some former Rams turned NFL head coaches had just two seasons to lead their respective teams, all have made an appearance in the NFL Playoffs.
That's a pretty good track record.
The anomaly of the Cincinnati Bengals is the durability of QB Joe Burrow. Burrow was drafted with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. But in his four NFL seasons, he has only suited up for 52 of those 70 games. When he plays, the Bengals record is 29-22-1. Without him, the Bengals are just 6-8 without him. Complicating matters even further, the Bengals were just 2-14 in 2019, the year before drafting Burrow with the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Improving the Falcons odds of soon-to-be success is the fact that Morris has infused much of Rams HC Sean McVay's offense into the Falcons coaching staff with the hiring of QB Coach Zac Robinson as the Falcons new offensive coordinator. It was Robinson who prepared veteran QB Baker Mayfield in 2022, and QB Carson Wentz in 2023, to perform so quickly and efficiently.
Forget what you think you know about Raheem Morris's coaching career. Forget what you believe about Raheem Morris's ability to coach up defenses. That's a relatively moot point now. A successful head coach oversees everything, communicates effectively, motivates everybody, and holds everyone accountable.
The track record of LA Rams coordinators who become head coaches in the NFL is very impressive. And is absolutely no reason to believe that Atlanta Falcons head coach Raheem Morris will perform any differently. In all regards, this is his moment to shine.