Raheem Morris takes over as head coach of a second NFC South team with this new opportunity as interim head coach of Atlanta Falcons. Previously Morris was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009 through 2011 amassing a 17-31 record. He had one winning season (2010).
Morris spent every season but one between 2002- 2011 as a Bucs coach. He began as a defensive quality control coach (2002) before becoming a defensive assistant (2003) and assistant defensive backs coach (2004–2005) before heading to Kansas State for one season as a defensive coordinator (2006). Morris returned in 2007 to take over as defensive backs coach, a title he held until being named head coach in 2009, replacing Jon Gruden, his one-time boss.
After his tenure as Bucs head coach, Morris was a member of the Washington staff (NFL) in 2012 as a defensive backs coach.
The Hofstra graduate joined the Falcons staff in 2015, led by head coach and former Hofstra defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn. Morris had various roles on both sides of the ball. Most recently Morris was the defensive coordinator, taking over when Quinn gave up play-calling duties. From 2016-2018, Morris was a wide receivers coach and assistant head coach. In 2015, Morris was the Falcons defensive backs coach.
Morris, a New Jersey native got his coaching start at his alma mater, Hofstra as a graduate assistant in 1998 and was a defensive backs coach at the school from 2000-2001. In 2000, he was a defensive backs coach and special teams assistant at Cornell University.