This afternoon, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution broke some news regarding the Falcons head coaching vacancy, reporting that interim head coach Raheem Morris will receive an interview for the position. Here’s what Falcons President Rich McCay (via the AJC) had to say about the current interim head coach:
“He will definitely, in the process, be interviewed,” Falcons president Rich McKay told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. “He’s earned that right. I’ve known Raheem a long time. I remember when we hired him in Tampa as an assistant secondary coach. He is really a good football coach. He inherited a situation. We were 0-5. When you’re an interim coach with 11 weeks to go, that’s more than challenging. He’s earn that right to be interviewed and he will.”
Morris’ tenure as the interim head coach got off to a hot start as he won three out of his first four games, with his only loss coming at the last second to the Detroit Lions, but there haven’t been too many positives since. Outside of a blowout win over the Raiders, the Falcons have lost twice to the Saints — neither of which were very competitive — and blew a seventeen-point lead in the second half against the Bucs.
For a franchise trying desperately to move past the era of losing games in which they are up double-digits, that’s not a promising sign for Morris. I do think he’s done enough to be considered for other head coaching vacancies and future ones. If he had been able to choose his staff, the product on the field would likely look even better. Still, given the team’s inconsistencies since he has taken over, I would be shocked if the Falcons named him the head coach for 2021.