The news comes after the team held two separate interviews with New England Patriots legend Bill Belichick, along with several other high-profile candidates. Still, Morris is a familiar face for the Falcons, following a stint as interim head coach in 2020.
The Falcons interviewed 15 candidates before hiring Raheem Morris 😳 pic.twitter.com/9uRnUCZ9ig
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) January 25, 2024
Morris, 47, will draw from a breadth of experience in the league. He held his first head-coaching role with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009 until '11, going 17-31 in three seasons. He notched his only winning season in 2010, when the Buccaneers went 10-6. He held various other roles with Washington and Atlanta before taking the defensive coordinator position in Los Angeles in 2021.
The Rams saw immediate success with Morris as defensive coordinator, winning Super Bowl LVI in his first season. They also beat the odds this season, making it back to the playoffs this season amid major roster turnover.
Rams general manager Les Snead offered Morris a shining recommendation during the team's end-of-season news conference Saturday, calling him a "highly intelligent human being." Snead also gave a ringing endorsement of the talent Morris will attract.
"I know this, he'll be able to hire an unbelievable staff," Snead added. "Every coach, who's any good, who's qualified, they're going to want to work for Raheem, and I'm pretty sure there'll be a lot of tampering charges because just about every player in the NFL is going to text him and want to come play for him. I'll let the NFL handle that."
It ain’t just me who thinks this lol… ask any player who has played for Rah! https://t.co/u8zrcZTgxz
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) January 25, 2024
It marked the second unexpected hiring of the day Thursday, as the Panthers filled their vacant head-coach opening with Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dave Canales just hours prior.
Belichick, 71, was reported only to have been interviewing with the Falcons. His options post-Patriots are vast, but there are only two NFL head-coaching positions left: the Seahawks and the Commanders.
Because of the Rooney Rule, the Rams will receive a third-round compensatory pick for the next two years. Morris is the fourth racial minority to become an NFL head coach during the 2024 hiring cycle.