Could Raheem Morris be the next Falcons’ OC?

FILE: January 14, 2017, Atlanta: Falcons wide recievers coach Raheem Morris and wide receiver Justin Hardy celebrate a 36-20 victory over the Seahawks in a NFL football NFC divisional playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

FILE: January 14, 2017, Atlanta: Falcons wide recievers coach Raheem Morris and wide receiver Justin Hardy celebrate a 36-20 victory over the Seahawks in a NFL football NFC divisional playoff game on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

HOUSTON — Falcons assistant head coach/wide receiver Raheem Morris, who spent his first season on the offensive side of the ball in 2016, is a viable candidate to replace Kyle Shanahan as the offensive coordinator.

Shanahan is in line to be named the San Francisco 49ers’ head coach after the Super Bowl. Morris has called NFL signals as a head coach and defensive coordinator.

He’s enjoyed his first season on the offensive side of the ball.

“Look where we are, the first year was awesome,” said Morris on Wednesday. “I got a great group. I have a bunch of guys who love football. They are competitive and they are tough. They compete their butts off. I’m so proud of them.”


Morris was asked if he’d consider serving as the offensive coordinator if offered by head coach Dan Quinn.

“The only fight that matters is the one in front of me right now, the New England Patriots,” Morris said. “We’ll figure all of that stuff out of Monday. That’s a great topic for next week.”

Morris was head coach of Tampa Bay from 2009-11. A successful stint as an offensive coordinator would likely get him back in the mix for future head coaching jobs.

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