LA Rams DC Raheem Morris has been the LA Rams defensive coordinator for three NFL seasons. In NFL terminology, that is about as good as it gets for a coordinator who helped oversee a Super Bowl victory. And yet, despite interviewing with five teams after the 2023 NFL season, it appears that Morris may be back with the Rams for a fourth season.
And that is despite a host of endorsements by very reputable and highly respected leaders in the NFL. Has LA Rams DC Raheem Morris somehow taken over the 'Always a bridesmaid, never a bride,' track record of former Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bienemy?
If not, it certainly has all the optics of being so right now.
If you recall, the NFL hiring practices for head coaches were called into question repeatedly when former Chiefs RB Coach turned OC Eric Bieniemy was overlooked or fell short of taking the next step in an NFL coaches career by never having a chance to assume the role of head coach. He was on the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff for 10 seasons, and was frequently interviewed. But he was never promoted.
Ultimately, he left the Chiefs to assume a role as Assistant HC/Offensive Coordinator for the Washington Commanders in 2023. But when the season ended, so did his contract with the Commanders. He is now on the outside of any NFL team, and may need to set his sights on an Offensive Coordinator role to get back in the HC queue.
But as the offensive coordinator for the Chiefs, the Chiefs won two Super Bowls: At the end of the 2019 NFL season, and at the end of the 2022 NFL season.
The NFL had a fairly robust 2024 coaching carousel as soon as the 2023 NFL season ended. And that seemed to favor the chances for Raheem Morris. After all, five teams asked for him to return for a second in-person interview. With those many openings, and that much interest, surely some team would be asking Morris to sign on the dotted line, right?
As far as the remaining head coach openings? NFL Rumors suggest that the Washington Commanders are locked in on Detroit Lions OC Ben Johnson as their next HC. So it now comes down to the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks.
Right now, NFL Rumors are heating up for Dallas Cowboys DC Dan Quinn as a leading candidate for the Seahawks HC vacancy. Meanwhile, NFL Rumors are turning cold over the likelihood that former Patriots HC Bill Belichick will be offered the HC job for the Atlanta Falcons. Internally, Belichick loves to have autonomy over his roster, and the Falcons organization is not structured to support that type of dynamic.
The Falcons have interviewed 14 different candidates for their HC job.
Of course, it's not history until all head coaching positions are filled. But the truth is that despite ringing endorsements, and a 2023 NFL season that proves how effective Morris can be with young players, the NFL appears to be turning their collective noses up at the guy.
If you are fretting this latest turn of developments, there is a silver lining. With Raheem Morris as the Rams DC, Matthew Stafford as the Rams QB, and Sean McVay as the Rams HC, the LA Rams were able to bring first Lombardi Trophy to the city of Los Angeles, California.
And it looks like they will all be back with something to prove in 2024. So no, things are not bad at all. The Rams won their first Super Bowl at the end of the 2021 NFL season. Could the Rams win their second Super Bowl at the end of the 2024 NFL season?
Well, that's what Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy would do.
UPDATE: Less than an hour after publication . . .
The Atlanta Faclons, originally thought be oh-so-close to hiring former Patriots HC Bill Belichick, appears to be locked in on signing LA Rams DC Raheem Morris as their next head coach.
It's amazing what you can do by tempting Fate, eh?