Raheem Morris deserves to be legit candidate for head coaching vacancy
Atlanta Falcons improve to 1-0 under interim head coach Raheem Morris.
As noted Sunday night, this was the best game plan that the Atlanta Falcons have had in years and they executed very well, especially on defense.
That said, the question that keeps coming up, is why did Atlanta Falcons owner say that Raheem Morris would be a candidate for the permanent job if he went 11-0? Why is that the only barometer from which is he will be judged?
It has been almost a decade since Raheem Morris was an NFL head coach.
Unlike many other possible candidates, Raheem Morris has been an NFL head coach. Although, his initial stint was not successful, going just 17-31 in three seasons with the Bucs. Given the personnel he was forced to coach and develop, his 17 wins seem like an overachievement than a failure.
Why does Raheem Morris have to go 11-0 with the Atlanta Falcons?
This question immediately popped into my mind when Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank was asked about Morris being a candidate at the end of the season. He said, “if Raheem goes 11-0, he will certainly be a candidate”.
Seems very unlikely that Morris will accomplish this goal, but he should not have to.
Whether you are talking about any candidate, most of them are going to have zero NFL head coaching experience or will have a losing NFL head coaching record; Jim Harbaugh would be the lone exception to this.
There is no doubt that Morris has earned another shot at being an NFL head coach. In the 10 years since he was fired by the Bucs, he has gone back to being an extremely successful NFL assistant head coach; many of them here in Atlanta.
There is no doubt that he is better equipped in 2021 to be a head coach than he was in 2009 at the age of 33. At 44, he has been around the game a lot longer and has picked up a lot of knowledge that he lacked the first time around. Anyone in their 40’s can attest to how much smarter you are at 43 than you were at 33.
Whether Raheem Morris goes 11-0 or not should not be why he ultimately gets to interview for this job. If the Atlanta Falcons continue to improve like they did last week, then he should get the chance to be this franchises next head coach.