Washington Commanders are 1st in line to interview this Rams coach for HC job

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He helped to bring the first Rams NFL Championship to Los Angeles, California

Lest we forget too quickly, the LA Rams entered the NFL Playoffs after having been decimated by injuries in the secondary that sat both starters. Rather than fret or surrender, Raheem Morris persuaded former DB Eric Weddle to come out of a two year retirement to suit up for the LA Rams and paired him with hard-hitting DB Nick Scott. The strategy paid off, and the LA Rams won their first Lombardi Trophy for Los Angeles, CA.

Raheem Morris proved to the NFL this year that he was not dependant upon elite defenders. In all honesty, the Rams defense seemed to be more dependable and far more physical in 2023 than in previous years.

Don't overlook the fact that the 2021 version of the Rams defense was built to the specifications of former DC Brandon Staley, and the onus for Morris was to maintain the same basic defensive premise of that Staley inspired defense. 2022 was a transitional year, as the Rams loaded up the secondary with young defensive backs, and the team ousted the outside linebacker rook of nearly all veterans. The full 'Morris inspired' version of the Rams defense is on the football field in 2023. It's not perfect by any means.

But my oh my does this defense play hard. And best of all, they have fun while doing so.

Morris deserves the opportunity to be promoted to head coach once more. But let's not convince ourselves that the Rams will automatically upgrade the defense, and the overall team, by letting him sign on elsewhere. I expect that many Rams fans will celebrate openly if and when Raheem Morris is hired to be a head coach for a new NFL team.