Coaches

Raheem Morris
Asst Head Coach/Wide Receivers/Passing Game Coord

Biography

Raheem Morris is entering his 15th year of NFL coaching experience while going into his third year with the Falcons. During Morris’ first year in Atlanta, he was named the Assistant Head Coach/Passing Game Coordinator, where he helped out with the secondary and how to stop the passing attacks of the opposing teams. The defense also only allowed 19 passing touchdowns, which was tied for the third lowest total in the League, along with forcing 15 interceptions last season, which ranked within the top 10 in the League. These numbers gave the defense a 1.27 touchdown to interception ratio, which was the seventh-best TD/Int ratio in the NFL.
 
He was named the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach last offseason, and this season he coached one of the best receivers in the game in Julio Jones. Jones recorded 1,409 receiving yards, which was second in the NFL. His entire receiving group teamed up for 223 catches for 3,226 yards and 22 touchdowns. Taylor Gabriel recorded a career-high six receiving touchdowns and Mohamed Sanu tallied a career-high 59 receptions.
 
Morris joined the Falcons after spending three seasons as the defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins. In 2012, he helped Washington’s defense finish tied for fifth in the NFL with 31 takeaways. The Redskins scored four defensive touchdowns in 2012, including two from the secondary. Morris oversaw a unit that tied a league-high with 94 passes defensed and ranked fifth in the NFC with a 3.3 interception rate.
 
Prior to arriving in Washington, Morris spent three seasons as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011. He was the league’s youngest head coach in 2009 and in 2010, his team finished with a 10-6 record. The Buccaneers made their best turnaround in franchise history in 2010 after going 3-13 in 2009.
 
Morris served in multiple capacities with the Buccaneers during two different stints with the team before he was promoted to head coach. He spent two seasons as the team’s defensive backs coach from 2007-08, during which time the Buccaneers allowed only ranked second in the NFL allowing 170.5 passing yards per game. During that span, the Buccaneers ranked among the League leaders with 22 interceptions.
 
He spent one year as the defensive coordinator at Kansas State in 2006, where he helped seven Wildcats conference honors. Morris’ unit featured two first-team All-Big 12 selections and one second-team honoree.
 
Morris made his NFL coaching debut with Tampa Bay as a defensive quality control coach in 2002, when the club won Super Bowl XXXVII. The Buccaneers defense allowed an NFL-low 12.3 points per game, the third-best scoring defense since 2000. He served as a defensive assistant with the Bucs in 2003 and as assistant defensive backs coach from 2004-05.
 
In 10 seasons in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers finished fifth in total defense five times, while leading the League in 2002 and 2005. He also helped the team finish as the top-rated pass defense three times (2002, 2004 & 2007).
 
Morris began his collegiate coaching career an assistant coach at Hofstra in 1998, where he was responsible for coaching the offensive scout team, developing scouting reports, and video breakdown. He moved on to Cornell University as defensive backs coach and special teams assistant for the 1999 season. Morris served as defensive backs coach at Hofstra from 2000 to 2001 before joining the Buccaneers. He also held a defensive minority internship position with the New York Jets in the fall of 2001. Morris played safety at Hofstra from 1994-97 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. He is an Irvington, N.J. native.
Raheem Morris is entering his 15th year of NFL coaching experience while going into his third year with the Falcons. During Morris’ first year in Atlanta, he was named the Assistant Head Coach/Passing Game Coordinator, where he helped out with the secondary and how to stop the passing attacks of the opposing teams. The defense also only allowed 19 passing touchdowns, which was tied for the third lowest total in the League, along with forcing 15 interceptions last season, which ranked within the top 10 in the League. These numbers gave the defense a 1.27 touchdown to interception ratio, which was the seventh-best TD/Int ratio in the NFL.
 
He was named the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach last offseason, and this season he coached one of the best receivers in the game in Julio Jones. Jones recorded 1,409 receiving yards, which was second in the NFL. His entire receiving group teamed up for 223 catches for 3,226 yards and 22 touchdowns. Taylor Gabriel recorded a career-high six receiving touchdowns and Mohamed Sanu tallied a career-high 59 receptions.
 
Morris joined the Falcons after spending three seasons as the defensive backs coach for the Washington Redskins. In 2012, he helped Washington’s defense finish tied for fifth in the NFL with 31 takeaways. The Redskins scored four defensive touchdowns in 2012, including two from the secondary. Morris oversaw a unit that tied a league-high with 94 passes defensed and ranked fifth in the NFC with a 3.3 interception rate.
 
Prior to arriving in Washington, Morris spent three seasons as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011. He was the league’s youngest head coach in 2009 and in 2010, his team finished with a 10-6 record. The Buccaneers made their best turnaround in franchise history in 2010 after going 3-13 in 2009.
 
Morris served in multiple capacities with the Buccaneers during two different stints with the team before he was promoted to head coach. He spent two seasons as the team’s defensive backs coach from 2007-08, during which time the Buccaneers allowed only ranked second in the NFL allowing 170.5 passing yards per game. During that span, the Buccaneers ranked among the League leaders with 22 interceptions.
 
He spent one year as the defensive coordinator at Kansas State in 2006, where he helped seven Wildcats conference honors. Morris’ unit featured two first-team All-Big 12 selections and one second-team honoree.
 
Morris made his NFL coaching debut with Tampa Bay as a defensive quality control coach in 2002, when the club won Super Bowl XXXVII. The Buccaneers defense allowed an NFL-low 12.3 points per game, the third-best scoring defense since 2000. He served as a defensive assistant with the Bucs in 2003 and as assistant defensive backs coach from 2004-05.
 
In 10 seasons in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers finished fifth in total defense five times, while leading the League in 2002 and 2005. He also helped the team finish as the top-rated pass defense three times (2002, 2004 & 2007).
 
Morris began his collegiate coaching career an assistant coach at Hofstra in 1998, where he was responsible for coaching the offensive scout team, developing scouting reports, and video breakdown. He moved on to Cornell University as defensive backs coach and special teams assistant for the 1999 season. Morris served as defensive backs coach at Hofstra from 2000 to 2001 before joining the Buccaneers. He also held a defensive minority internship position with the New York Jets in the fall of 2001. Morris played safety at Hofstra from 1994-97 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. He is an Irvington, N.J. native.
 

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