As an Atlanta Falcons fan I was very happy to see the ousting of Dan Quinn as the Head Coach, it gave me quite a bit of hope for the future. That being said, I was a little worried about what the future would be for the Falcons’ 2020 season. Well, fans can stop being disappointed because Raheem Morris has done well with the controls. I am here to outline why that is, and to make the case that the Falcons should consider keeping him as the head coach.
First of all, I think that although Falcons fans will be wary of a defensive minded head coach in light of what the Dan Quinn experience ended up to be, Raheem Morris will do wonders for this defense. My suspicion is that Morris will have much more success in the Atlanta system because he has proved that he can get it done with this specific defense. From the minute that Dan Quinn gave Morris the defensive coordinator job last year, the defense became more aggressive, and tougher to deal with. My guess is that as 2020 kicked off, Quinn had regained control of the defense which ensured that the Falcons would keep blowing leads, leading to Quinn’s subsequent firing. Then Morris stepped in, and while the change was not as immediate as last year, I would say holding a team that beat the Chiefs down to only six points was definitely a success.
The changes have not only come on defense, the offensive side of the ball has been showing improvement as well. Morris has been working on getting the ball to Ito Smith and Brian Hill (who looks amazing) a lot more. A rotational backfield is what the Falcons should be aiming for in a year where Todd Gurley looks dried up and slow. It seems like a simple thing (Like why didn’t Quinn think about this?) but I like that Morris isn’t going with the “Gurley has a high ceiling so I HAVE to stick with him” mentality.
The final reason is that of simple practicality, Morris has been with this organization for a while, I would rather see him in the head coach seat than see some new guy who needs to bring in a whole different system and revamp the whole operation. The reason that organizations like the Packers and Steelers are so good is because they are stupid consistent and don’t make too many coaching or basic personnel changes.
In short, the Falcons are finally considered a real team that has an identity with Morris and are less of a laughingstock, while I don’t think it would hurt to consider a candidate like Kellen Moore or Keith Butler, Morris seems like the best possible option for this team, and I really hope the Falcons choose to stick with him.
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