One Commanders player to benefit most from each head coaching candidate

The incoming appointment has big implications for Washington's players.

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Commanders could hire Raheem Morris

  • Player to benefit most: Jahan Dotson (WR)

Wait - Raheem Morris is a defensive coach, currently defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. How does he help a wide receiver?

Because Morris is one of those rare coaches who has experience on both sides of the ball. Though he has primarily worked with defensive backs, the former head coach handled wide receivers for three and a half seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, working with some exceptionally gifted performers and a future Pro Football Hall of Famer.

Morris coached Julio Jones to some of his best years. My grandma could coach him. He also broke Calvin Ridley into the NFL. He led all rookies in receiving yards in 2018 and looked like the next great superstar.

If you want an example of a guy closer to Jahan Dotson’s physical stature, he also guided the 5-foot-8, 178-pound Taylor Gabriel to more than 500 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2016. It's not hard to see how his presence with the Washington Commanders could help the former first-round pick out of Penn State.

Morris was thought of so highly as a coach who understood the entire game that he was elevated to interim head coach after the aforementioned Dan Quinn was fired halfway through the 2020 season. He would bring a unique understanding of how a receiver can best attack a defense, knowledge the tentative-looking Dotson could surely use.