The Atlanta Falcons have named Raheem Morris as their interim coach.
The announcement comes on the heels of the Dirty Birds firing coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff after the team scooped their fifth consecutive loss on Sunday (October 11).
Falcons owner Arthur Blank released the following statement after handing out the pink slips:
Decisions like these are very difficult, but the previous two seasons and start to this one have been especially hard for me because of the deep love, admiration and respect I and my family have for Dan, Thomas and their families.
For many years, they have represented me, our team, organization and Atlanta with class, commitment and all the passion you would want in the leaders of the team. But as everyone knows, this is a results business and I owe it to our fans to put the best product we can on the field. We have poured every resource possible into winning and will continue to do so, but the results of late do not meet our standard or what I’ve promised our fans. Therefore, we will install new coaching and personnel leadership of the Atlanta Falcons at the appropriate time.
The team made the decision to bump their defensive coordinator Raheem Morris up to interim head coach and it’s been quite the hot topic.
Morris appears to be great choice as he has coached on both sides of the ball in Atlanta.
He was coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011 with a 17-31 record.
At this point, the Falcons can use any help they can get.
Congrats to Raheem Morris.