Falcons to hire Raheem Morris as head coach, complicating Saints’ OC search

The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly zeroing in on Raheem Morris as their next head coach — the Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator worked as Atlanta’s interim head coach during the 2020 season, and led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers more than a decade ago.

Now that’s newsworthy in itself. But Morris landing a head coach job of his own, much less in the NFC South, could complicate the New Orleans Saints’ search for an offensive coordinator. Morris has worked closely with Rams quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Zac Robinson in recent years and he could be joining Morris on the Falcons. They’ve obviously found success working together before.

If that’s the case, the Saints could lose out on their best-qualified candidate for offensive coordinator to a division rival. Just like New Orleans, Atlanta offers Robinson the opportunity to get out of Sean McVay’s shadow and call his own plays while running the offense under a defensive-minded head coach. But the familiarity with Morris might make a difference. CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones characterized Robinson as “a strong candidate” to join Morris in Atlanta.

Still, it’s not like the Saints and Falcons are Robinson’s only suitors. He’s interviewed with many teams for their offensive coordinator openings this cycle and he could just as well go somewhere else. Still, with this being the most important hire Dennis Allen will make in his three years as head coach, it’s not a decision the Saints can afford to get wrong.

Story originally appeared on Saints Wire