Defensive backs coach Raheem Morris is expected to leave the Washington Redskins to accept a position with the Atlanta Falcons, multiple people with knowledge of the situation said.
Morris is scheduled to interview with the Falcons some time this week for a hybrid assistant-defensive coordinator position under new Coach Dan Quinn, two sources said. But another person familiar with the plans said that meeting is basically a formality.
Quinn, who will coach in the Super Bowl as defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks before fully assuming his new job, is expected to continue to call the defensive plays as head coach in Atlanta. But Morris will have a senior assistant position that will feature more responsibilities than defensive backs, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak for the parties involved.
Morris and Quinn’s connection goes back to Hofstra University, where Morris played under Quinn in the late 1990s. Morris then went on to serve as Quinn’s defensive backs coach from 2000 to ’01 before leaving for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following year.
Morris remained under contract with the Redskins this offseason despite the firing of Jim Haslett as defensive coordinator and the hiring of Joe Barry as his replacement. But Morris’s future with the team remained unclear because he also was drawing interest from other teams for larger roles.
Morris, who has coached in Washington the last three seasons, interviewed for the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator position earlier this month, but did not get that job. He was also one of seven candidates who interviewed to be Washington’s defensive coordinator. The Redskins selected Barry earlier this week, but still had interest in retaining Morris’s services.
Morris’s departure would leave inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti as the only holdover defensive assistant under contract. The team this week dismissed outside linebackers coach Brian Baker and defensive line coach Jacob Burney. Their replacements have yet to be selected.
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