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Atlanta Falcons interim man Raheem Morris has done a decent enough job to become a candidate for the head coaching gig after the season, according to team president Rich McKay.
“He will definitely, in the process, be interviewed,” McKay told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He’s earned that right. I’ve known Raheem a long time. I remember when we hired him in Tampa as an assistant secondary coach. He is really a good football coach.”
The Falcons started 0-5 and then fired Dan Quinn. Morris took over, and they’ve gone 4-5 since. Not great, but a lot better than the beginning.
“He inherited a situation,” McKay said. “We were 0-5. When you’re an interim coach with 11 weeks to go, that’s more than challenging. He’s earned that right to be interviewed and he will.”
Morris was once the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-11), but he hardly had an impressive run, compiling a 17-31 record. But some coaches do much better in their second opportunity. Former Cleveland Browns and current New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is one such example.
Morris may not be the next Belichick, but it looks like the Falcons may still give him the chance to find out.
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The Falcons couldn’t hold a lead under Dan Quinn and his legacy seems to be continuing under Raheem Morris (see the recent Bucs and Saints games).