Originally written on Blog So Hard Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14

“I got this Jim”   We got caught up in a false reality this year; there is no other way I can put that. As fans we all looked at RGIII and Alfred Morris with those big wide eyes like a bunch of teenage girls at a Backstreet Boys concert. Watching Robert turn up that sideline 76 yards for the win against the Vikings, watching Morris run for a few 100 yard plus games and the entire time doing what we all told ourselves we were not going to do. We got our hopes up and that’s why with this latest loss against the Panthers I heard people on the radio and on the T.V. bashing on a head coach who just said what we all were thinking. It is not about this year, it is about building a future for football in Washington and bringing the Redskins out of irrelevance. Today though, I found a silver lining, and it was found in the least likely of spots — the Redskins Defensive coaching staff. Raheem Morris’ first job in the NFL was defensive quality control coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he helped them to the top-ranked defense in the league, and to the Superbowl. In 2003, he became a defensive assistant and from 2004 to 2005 he was the assistant defensive backs coach. Raheem Morris was ambitious and asked to be promoted, when the Bucs tried to side step this request Morris left and spent one season with Kansas State in 2006, as defensive coordinator. He improved the Wildcat’s defense in 7 statistical categories including total defense, scoring defense and pass defense. In 2007 the phone rang and Morris was back in the NFL and back with the Buccaneers as their defensive backs coach. The Buccaneers pass defense was 19th in 2006, after just one year Morris put the Bucs secondary back on course coaching the team to the highest ranked secondary in the NFL in 2007. Then came the crazy roller coaster that was the Buccaneers next season (try to keep up), it was announced that Morris would be defensive coordinator for the Buccaneers after Monte Kiffin announced that he would be leaving the team to join his son, Lane Kiffin, at Tennesse. A month later Jon Gruden was fired by the Buccaneers and Morris was named the team’s head coach. After starting the season 0–7, Morris took over defensive coordinator duties after firing Jim Bates. He led the team to a 3–13 record. In his second season, the team finished 10-6, barely missing the playoffs. That seven game turnaround was the best in franchise history. In 2010, Morris became the first coach since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger to start at least 10 rookies and finish with a winning record. After an injury plagued 2011 season where the Buccaneers finished 4-10 he was fired, but he didn’t stay unemployed long. 9 days later he was hired by the Washington Redskins as the Defensive backs coach. Raheem Morris is a bright spot in a Redskins coaching staff that has become a laughing stock. Jim Haslett might be the worst Defensive coordinator in the NFL; over his entire career the defenses he coaches get progressively worse as time goes on. Morris has the opposite effect on defenses than Haslett in that he improves them. Defensive line coach Jacob Burney & Linebackers coach Bob Slowik simply follow Mike Shanahan where ever he goes and would not be coaching anywhere else in the NFL. I believe that promoting Raheem Morris to Defensive Coordinator and firing Jim Haslett is the only way to ensure things will get better in Washington without breaking up the continuity that Mike Shanahan has worked hard to instill in this organization. It’s a change that needs to happen sooner rather than later, because if we are all seriously committed to building a future around Robert Griffin III, then the rest of this season and the upcoming off-season will be the most important one that the Redskins have ever had. Raheem Morris should be part of that future.

1 Comment:
  • Is it a coincidence, or did the Skins' secondary get unbelievably worse under Morris. I heard he calls his coverage "cover none" defense. If so, that would explain why opposing recievers beat them all the time...they're not covered. To wit Victor Cruz's game winning catch when even the next dumbest fool would have been laying back, giving up short gains to "prevent" touchdowns. This guy is dumber than haslett!!!! RGIII can't score enough to offset these losers.
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