After losing Brandon Staley to the Chargers, the Rams are attempting to fill the defensive coordinator position with another very capable coach. According to reports from NFL insider Mike Garafolo, they’re striving for former Falcons defensive coordinator/interim head coach Raheem Morris.
Morris went 4-7 at the helm in the final 11 games of 2020 following the firing of head coach Dan Quinn after Atlanta began the year on a five-game losing streak.
The Falcons finished the year as the 29th-ranked team in total defense (398.4), but still held the sixth-best rushing defense at the same time, allowing just 104.8 yards per game on the ground.
Many in the NFL respect the way Morris rebounded and helped the defense finish strong in a tumultuous year for the Falcons. The Rams aren’t the only ones who are interested in his services, but they may end up be the lucky ones to land him in the end.
The #Rams are focusing on former #Falcons DC/interim HC Raheem Morris as their new defensive coordinator, sources tell me and @RapSheet. Not done yet but it's looking like he will be the one to replace new #Chargers HC Brandon Staley.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 19, 2021
And now for today’s links.
Jalen Ramsey believes 2020 was his best year in the NFL (TheRams.com)
Jared Goff pens message to fans following 2020 season (TheRams.com)
The Rams blocked the Chargers from interviewing OC Kevin O’Connell (The Rams Wire)
Should the Rams consider kicking the tires on RB Mark Ingram? (Ramblin’ Fan)
The biggest looming free agent decisions for each NFL team (ESPN)
Top-50 free agents in the NFL (ESPN)
The Ravens officially waived Mark Ingram (Pro Football Talk)
Patrick Mahomes is still in the concussion protocol (Bleacher Report)
Judy Battista discusses the lack of diversity in the NFL’s recent hires (NFL.com)
Four teams who should pursue Deshaun Watson (NFL.com)