5. Commanders could hire Raheem Morris
- Defensive Coordinator | Los Angeles Rams
Much has been made of the coaching tree under Mike Shanahan and where they are now. The graphic that never dies comes up constantly. Kyle Shanahan, Sean McVay, Mike McDaniel, Bobby Slowik, and Matt LaFleur all feature prominently. One name always gets overlooked.
It's also worth remembering that Raheem Morris was part of Shanahan's staff after his time as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach didn't go according to plan. It's been a long road back to getting head coaching consideration once again. This is a testament to his dedication and unrivaled desire to maximize every opportunity.
Morris has multiple interview requests during the current cycle, including the Washington Commanders. This is thanks in no small part to his sterling work as Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator under McVay, who was already aware of the coach's capabilities from their time together in DC.
Why is Morris - another retread - higher than Dan Quinn on this list? He has the same extensive defensive experience. He has a connection to the franchise, so he'll know what makes the fanbase tick. He also boasts more in the way of offensive know-how having worked as a pass game coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons in recent years.
This is a well-rounded coach worthy of consideration. It's been more than a decade since Morris held a top job in the NFL if you don't count his interim head coaching role with the Falcons after they fired Quinn. That might work against him when push comes to shove.