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    Getty Raheem Morris of the Rams For Takkarist McKinley, joining the Los Angeles Rams is much more than a City of Angels full circle moment for the past UCLA Bruins star. It’s also much more than just the 26-year-old trying to salvage a career that has seen others label him a first round bust — as he’s yet to hit the double-digit sack mark and has dealt with a ruptured Achilles tendon recently. For the 6-foot-2, 265-pounder, this Rams opportunity presents one more moment for him: Getting reacquainted with the head coach who once cut him from the Atlanta Falcons. Raheem Morris spoke out for the first time since the Wednesday, September 21 signing to bring McKinley over via the Tennessee Titans practice squad. The second-year Rams defensive coordinator revealed where things once were between he and “Takk,” shared what that moment was like in releasing the former No. 26 overall pick and lastly, how their relationship has been since that Atlanta departure. ‘Rocky…& Good’ One of the first questions asked to Morris in his media...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have added Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris to their candidate list for head coach. According to a person with knowledge of the process, speaking Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the organization is not announcing interviews before they’re completed, the Vikings have requested a meeting with Morris about the vacancy created when Mike Zimmer was fired last week. READ MORE: Vikings Interview Packers' Hackett, Titans' OssenfortThe Rams play Sunday at Tampa Bay in the divisional round of the playoffs. Morris is in his first season in Los Angeles, after six years with Atlanta. He spent time with both offense and defense with the Falcons, who promoted him to defensive coordinator in 2020. Morris was interim head coach for 11 games last season after the firing of Dan Quinn. The 45-year-old Morris was Tampa Bay’s head coach for three seasons, compiling a 17-31 record from 2009-11. This is his 19th year coaching in the NFL. The Vikings have interviewed Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and requested meetings with...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have added Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris to their candidate list for head coach. According to a person with knowledge of the process, speaking Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the organization is not announcing interviews before they’re completed, the Vikings have requested a meeting with Morris about the vacancy created when Mike Zimmer was fired last week. READ MORE: Vikings Interview Packers' Hackett, Titans' OssenfortThe Rams play Sunday at Tampa Bay in the divisional round of the playoffs. Morris is in his first season in Los Angeles, after six years with Atlanta. He spent time with both offense and defense with the Falcons, who promoted him to defensive coordinator in 2020. Morris was interim head coach for 11 games last season after the firing of Dan Quinn. The 45-year-old Morris was Tampa Bay’s head coach for three seasons, compiling a 17-31 record from 2009-11. This is his 19th year coaching in the NFL. The Vikings have interviewed Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett and requested meetings with...
    Getty Raheem Morris stands next to Rams head coach Sean McVay during the season opener on September 12. Raheem Morris demanded Von Miller before the Los Angeles Rams snatched him via trade. Even way before Miller played his first NFL snap. In talking to the L.A. media on Thursday, November 4 for the first time since Monday’s blockbuster trade to bolster the Ram defense, the first-year defensive coordinator shared what he called a funny story about how he hoped Miller would become a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. “I remember when he came out in the draft I was at a 4-3 (defensive) team then. We talked about Von possibly not being a fit because he wasn’t a 4-3, he was an outside linebacker,” Morris recalled. So what was the then head coach of the Buccaneers’ suggestion in April of 2011? “I said ‘you change the scheme,'” Morris said, which drew laughs. “And I meant it with everything and every being that I had.” Play Raheem Morris & Kevin O'Connell Talk Von Miller, Week 9...
    Getty Raheem Morris stands next to Sean McVay during the Los Angeles Rams' Sunday, September 12, season opener against Chicago. Where does the focus lie for the Los Angeles Rams defense heading into their Sunday road showdown with the Indianapolis Colts? Is it attacking Carson Wentz? Slowing down the run? Or is it stacking the box and forcing Wentz to throw? Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris pointed out none of that to the L.A. media on Thursday, September 16. But he did reveal the biggest key in stopping an AFC playoff team from a year ago: Getting them off-schedule, as he put it. “You have to get them off-schedule,” Morris said Thursday. “If you could find a way to get any offense off-schedule, but particularly this one because of how ball control they can be with the two backs and force them to do a couple of things that they don’t want to do, like they got off-schedule last week in the second half, you’ll have an opportunity to dictate the terms.” Play Raheem...
    Getty Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams goes after Andy Dalton of the Chicago Bears during the season opener for both teams on Sunday, September 12. Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris could have a front row seat (eh, sideline view) of one potential heavyweight battle he’s looking forward to watching unfold on Sunday, September 19. It’s in the trenches at Lucas Oil Stadium and it involved two of the best at their respective positions: Aaron Donald versus Quenton Nelson of the Indianapolis Colts. Rams DC Raheem Morris says he looks forward to the matchup between DL Aaron Donald and Colts OL Quenton Nelson on Sunday — Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) September 16, 2021 “They’ve got one of the better fronts that we’ll play led by Nelson. Looking forward to that matchup with him and A.D.,” Morris said to the L.A. media on Thursday, which can be heard near the 9:45 mark of the video below. “When those opportunities happen, they talk about it from a fanfare.” Play LIVE: Raheem Morris & Kevin O'Connell...
    Getty Jalen Ramsey lines up on Davante Adams during the Los Angeles Rams-Green bay Packers 2021 NFC playoff contest won by Adams and the Packers. Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is no stranger to coaching defenders who became gridiron Swiss Army knives: Guys who can line up in a multitude of spots and effect the offense anywhere. He coached one of the more versatile players of all-time during his Tampa Bay Buccaneer years from 2002 to 2005 in Ronde Barber. Now, following the Rams’ Tuesday, August 24 practice at Thousand Oaks, he compared the five-time Pro Bowler and 2003 Super Bowl champion Barber to a Pro Bowler he’s coaching now: Jalen Ramsey. Morris was asked about how the nickel position has changed in the last 15 to 20 years, which prompted the 44-year-old to blurt out his former player’s name and collaborate it with Ramsey’s. “So I will say this: Being fortunate enough to coach Ronde Barber in Tampa, although I hate reflecting on the past (which drew laughs from the media), you know you’re talking...
    Getty Ernest Jones (No. 50) looks to the field alongside fellow Los Angeles Rams rookie Earnest Brown IV during their Saturday game against the L.A. Chargers. Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris admitted to reporters he had difficulty relaying the defensive signals to Jones during one sequence. Sometimes in life, when people start their new job, mistakes will be made early. And the Los Angeles Rams‘ newest defensive coordinator Raheem Morris revealed the first mistake he made at his new post to reporters on Monday. Before the Saturday game against the L.A. Chargers, rookie linebacker Ernest Jones was given the green dot (meaning he calls the defensive signals after receiving them from the helmet mic inside his helmet). However, during the opening drive that ate up nearly 10 minutes and took 21 plays, Morris shared his Rams rookie mistake. “The first drive, I’m pushing the wrong button trying to talk to Ernest,” Morris said to the L.A. media following Monday’s practice at Thousand Oaks. “I couldn’t get him. Earnest couldn’t hear me.” Play Sean McVay,...
    Getty Raheem Morris talks to Julio Jones during their time as Atlanta Falcons in 2020. When the tempo is slow and the energy is down at Los Angeles Rams training camp, that’s when new defensive coordinator Raheem Morris wants to see a “MAD” play. What is “MAD?” Yes, it involves playing with fire and aggression. But as Morris helped break it down to reporters, “MAD” stands for “Make a Difference.” Playing “MAD” is considered the slow tempo breaker that reestablishes energy. It’s also the moment where a certain player’s buttons get pushed by Morris himself, and the player responds by delivering a moment that would ignite the sidelines or fans. Morris explained the importance of looking for “MAD” in his first training camp presser on Wednesday after practice wrapped up at UC Irvine’s Crawford Field. “When you find those ways to push people’s buttons, you’ve got to push them. And some days you’ve got to push people’s buttons at practice when it’s dog days like today and when you start off sluggish and a little bit...
    Getty Raheem Morris looks down the field before a 2020 game against the Minnesota Vikings, which was during a time Morris served as interim head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. While Sean McVay is the main star of the “Flying Coach” podcast that he hosts alongside the NFL Network’s Peter Schrager, it was one of his newest assistants who stole the show on Wednesday morning. Los Angeles Rams first-year defensive coordinator Raheem Morris joined Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin as the final guest of season two of the podcast. Morris, known for his high-energy during practices and humor among past players and coaches he worked with, finally revealed where he gets his coaching style from: The Steelers head coach. Morris not only considers Tomlin one of his best mentors, but revealed himself as a strong impersonator of Tomlin and someone who got his NFL coaching baptism from the Steelers leader, which involved a power point document Morris recreated.Channeling TomlinThe relationship between Tomlin and Morris traces back to their Tampa Bay Buccaneer years. Both were assistants under Jon...
    Getty Raheem Morris has shown his trash-talking side to the Los Angeles Rams, says linebacker Leonard Floyd. However, Floyd and fellow linebacker Kenny Young praise the way he's connecting with the defensive players. Raheem Morris is yet to call his first defensive play on a Sunday afternoon for the Los Angeles Rams, but he’s already making his presence known around the defenders. Like Brandon Staley, Morris has been described as an “energy guy” by Rams linebackers Leonard Floyd and Kenny Young. Except, Floyd revealed to reporters what separated the new Chargers head coach from the new defensive coordinator during the team’s OTA period. “Coach Morris will talk a little bit more junk to you,” Floyd told reporters in a May 25 video conference. “That’ll get you going a lot.” Play Leonard Floyd On Working With Raheem Morris And Defensive RookiesRams OLB Leonard Floyd talks about what it's been like working with new DC Raheem Morris as well as this year's defensive rookies as organized team activities get underway. Subscribe to the LA Rams...
    Getty Raheem Morris during a 2011 regular season game against the San Francisco 49ers. Morris is now taking the defensive reins with the Los Angeles Rams and as two defensive linemen put it, have impressed with his energy and enthusiasm. Raheem Morris has been a defensive coordinator three times in his 23-year coaching career, which includes his newest gig with the Los Angeles Rams. His latest job now brings forth this daunting challenge: Taking over the league’s best defense from a season ago constructed by Brandon Staley. Morris has never walked into this situation before. At his last coordinator stop with the Atlanta Falcons, he was shuffled from the offense (served as wide receiver coach and pass game coordinator) to the defensive side to take over a unit that ranked No. 22 overall in scoring defense in 2019. In 2006, he was tasked with improving a Kansas State University defense that surrendered 305 points in 11 games (average of 27.72 points allowed per game) the previous season. However, two L.A. defensive linemen have told reporters...
    Kamala Harris inauguration: To say Im on edge is an understatement The Catalpa Rescue: The story behind one of Australias most incredible prison escapes Rams land Raheem Morris as DC replacement for Brandon Staley The Los Angeles Rams have already found a replacement for Brandon Staley at defensive coordinator. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Raheem Morris began this season as the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive coordinator. The Rams are hiring Raheem Morris as their next defensive coordinator, Josina Anderson reported on Tuesday. I'm told Raheem Morris will be the next defensive coordinator for the #Rams, per source. (NFLN 1st linked Morris as a target). — IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 19, 2021 Morris, 44, began this season as the Atlanta Falcons’ defensive coordinator. He was elevated to interim head coach after Dan Quinn’s firing and went 4-7. Morris previously served as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach from 2009-2011 and went 17-31 over three seasons. Staley coordinated the No. 1 defense in terms of points allowed and yards this season. He was hired by the Chargers as their head coach, which...
    Layoffs Hit Fox News Digital Amid Restructuring 17 important things to know about retirement Report: Rams likely to hire Raheem Morris as DC After Brandon Staley landed the Chargers’ head coaching job, the Rams are moving quickly to replace him. The Rams are “focusing” on Raheem Morris as their new defensive coordinator, sources told Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link). © Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Raheem Morris Garafolo cautions that the deal isn’t quite done yet, but it’s “looking like he will be the one” to replace Staley. It’s been a busy past six months for Morris, who started the 2020 season as Atlanta’s defensive coordinator before getting promoted to interim head coach when Dan Quinn was fired after five games. The Falcons went on an initial hot streak under Morris, leading to some reporting that he had impressed team brass and could be a real candidate for the full-time job there, but the team ultimately fizzled down the stretch and then hired Arthur Smith instead. He still got an interview from Atlanta and also...
    For the first time this turbulent season, quarterback Nick Mullens gets Raheem Mostert to act as a complementary piece if not the catalyst of the 49ers’ offense. Mostert returns to the lineup after a four-game break to recover from a high ankle sprain. He was sidelined by a knee injury once Mullens initially replaced Jimmy Garoppolo after halftime of a Week 2 win at the Jets and Mullens’ starts the next two games. Mostert has totaled 303 rushing yards and 150 receiving yards — with one touchdown in both aspect — over his four games. Other 49ers coming back from injuries are wide receiver Deebo Samuel (hamstring), running back Jeff Wilson (ankle) and cornerback Richard Sherman (calf). Left tackle Trent Williams and defensive linemen Arik Armstead and Javon Kinlaw are all expected to start after coming off the COVID-19 reserve list last week. Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk and defensive tackle D.J. Jones won’t play, however, as they remain on COVID-19 reserve. Aiyuk’s absence is just another hurdle in a season full of roster juggling,...
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