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Report: Raheem Morris Verbally Accepts Deal to Be Falcons Assistant Head Coach

The last remaining defensive coach from the Shanahan era is almost out the door to Atlanta

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Joe Barry will have another coaching position to fill when the Atlanta Falcons officially hire Raheem Morris to be an assistant head coach.  Morris will likely be hired after the Super Bowl on Sunday when Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn is hired as the Falcons new Head Coach.  This morning's Ian Rapoport reported that Morris could serve as a co-defensive coordinator with Broncos LB coach Richard Smith, and now Albert Breer is reporting that Morris has verbally accepted the job, and will run the Falcons pass defense.

Raheem Morris interviewed for two other Defensive Coordinator positions after the season ended, and is obviously looking to move back up the coaching ladder after spending the last three seasons as the defensive backs coach for the Redskins.  Morris was granted permission by the Redskins to interview for the open DC job with the New York Giants, but that job was filled by Steve Spagnuolo.  The Redskins also interviewed Morris for their open DC job, but after failing to land Vic Fangio, they hired Joe Barry.  Morris then moved on to the Falcons, who were set to hire Dan Quinn as their Head Coach following the Super Bowl.  Morris played for Quinn when he coached at Hofstra and then also coached DBs under him for a short time.

The Redskins now go back into the hiring phase of the offseason as they need to replace OLB coach Brian BakerDL coach Jacob Burney, and DBs coach Raheem Morris on defense, and also hire a QB coach on offense.  Jason La Canfora reported that the Redskins were interested in former Giants DC Perry Fewell for the DBs coaching job if Morris left, but no interview has been set up yet.  Fewell was interviewing with the San Francisco 49ers this week, and could also get interest from the Cincinnati Bengals.