Raheem Morris didn’t get the offensive or defensive coordinator gigs, but he continued to show the kind of versatility that Dan Quinn covets in his staff. He’s now up to his third job title for the Atlanta Falcons.
Falcons make coaching moves:— Kelsey Conway (@FalconsKelsey) February 10, 2017
DC - Marquand Manuel
D-Line- Bryant Young
DBs- Doug Mallory
WRs/Passing Game Coord./Asst. HC- Raheem Morris pic.twitter.com/xmvFtr7PE1
To clarify for anyone who is confused: Falcons Raheem Morris is staying on offense with his new title. He's not... https://t.co/HH8OXVj7pS— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) February 10, 2017
We knew about Manuel and Young, so the Morris switch and Mallory promotion are the two new items.
We’ll start with Morris. He’s the assistant head coach because of his long experience in the NFL and close ties to Dan Quinn. He’s the wide receivers coach because the Falcons switched him over there after reasoning that his defensive insight could be valuable for the team’s receivers, and they got one of the best seasons ever out of an Atlanta receiving corps. He’s staying on the offensive side of the ball now with this passing game coordinator role, where he’ll assist new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian in his first year on the job. Very few people in Flowery Branch are going to have more on their plate next year than Raheem, and it continues to set him up for an offensive coordinator role down the line, if he wants one.
I had originally thought Morris would be returning to the defensive side of the ball with defensive passing game coordinator Jerome Henderson set to leave, but it appears that’s not the case.
Mallory has experience as a defensive coordinator in the college ranks, and has been a defensive assistant for the last two seasons under Dan Quinn. He’ll replace Marquand Manuel, who is being promoted to defensive coordinator, and will hopefully have similar success with a promising secondary.
The Falcons still haven’t filled their quarterbacks coach vacancy, but as of right now, every other spot on the staff is filled. We’ll see what happens with Henderson.