The Atlanta Falcons hired Raheem Morris on Thursday to be their next head coach. Morris was previously a defensive coordinator for the LA Rams (among other things).
As a defensive specialist, Morris’s hire left the Falcons’ two-biggest concerns unanswered: offensive coordinator and quarterback. Logic dictated that part of the interview process would be Morris’s connections and plan to hire an offensive staff.
On Saturday evening, Ian Rapoport reported that Morris landed LA Rams quarterback coach and passing-game specialist Zac Robinson, his No. 1 choice.
“Sources: The Falcons are hiring Rams pass-game coordinator Zac Robinson as their new OC under Raheem Morris,” wrote Rapoport. “One of the most popular interviews on the OC circuit, Robinson was Morris’ top choice.”
Morris brings an impressive list of credentials with him for a first-time offensive coordinator. He spent five seasons with the LA Rams under Atlanta-native Sean McVay. He was quarterbacks coach and passing-game coordinator for two years after the Rams promoted him from assistant quarterback coach in 2021.
From his LA Rams Bio:
“Robinson spent the 2021 season as the assistant quarterbacks coach,” Under his guidance, Stafford quickly settled in during his first year with the Rams finishing top five in the regular season in passing yards (4,886), passing touchdowns (41, matching a career-high), passing first downs (233) and yards per attempt (8.13). Stafford and the passing attack ranked third in the NFL with 65 completions over 20-yards and completions to eight different receivers.”
He also worked with wide receivers, including Cooper Kupp, while with the Rams.
The Falcons will attack the quarterback market aggressively this offseason. They have the option of trying to acquire a veteran like Justin Fields via trade or Kirk Cousins via free agency.
With the No. 8 pick in the NFL Draft, they’re likely out of the race for Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and Jayden Daniels. Trading up is going to be nearly impossible with the Chicago Bears, Washington Commanders, and New England Patriots all being in the market for a quarterback.
Bo Nix and Michael Penix are two quarterbacks that might interest the Falcons. They’ll be at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Practice starts next week, and we’ll have highlights from all-three days of practice.
Raheem Morris filled the offensive coordinator position emphatically. Getting the next quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons may prove to be more difficult. With Desmond Ridder entering his third year, he has to be excited to get the chance to work with Robinson and attempt to fight off a newcomer.
The defensive coordinator spot remains open for the Falcons. Ejiro Evero is likely the top pick there, but he’s still in the running for the Seattle Seahawks job as well as multiple defensive coordinator positions.