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Raheem Morris Makes History As the Atlanta Falcons’ First Black Head Coach

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by Paulina Isaac

January 29, 2024

Raheem Morris is making history!

Morris recently became the Atlanta Falcons’ first Black head coach. According to Fox 5 Atlanta, the hiring ensures there will be at least nine head coaches of color to start the 2024 season, which is the most ever for the NFL.

“This is a historic day for the Atlanta Falcons – after a comprehensive search, we are thrilled to welcome Raheem Morris back to Atlanta as the team’s new head coach,” Arthur Blank said.

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The Atlanta Falcons Instagram shared the news with the caption, “Back and better than ever!” Morris was with the Falcons back as the Assistant Head Coach & Pass Game Coordinator in 2015, the Assistant Head Coach & Wide Receivers Coach from 2016 to 2019, the Defensive Coordinator in 2020, and the Interim Head Coach in 2020.

“I am overjoyed for the opportunity for my family and I to return to Atlanta as the Falcons head coach,” Morris said. “I am incredibly appreciative of Arthur Blank for his leadership and for this entire organization for putting its trust in me to help lead this team.”

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Fans are also excited to have Morris back. One fan commented on the post, “This is the greatest hire in Atlanta Falcons history this side of Dan Reeves. This guy is overqualified and he is a Black man. He will win here, and Terry Fontenot gets full control. Arthur Blank nailed it this time. I dont think Raheem leaves until he retires. Just my opinion.”

Congrats!

Cover photo: Raheem Morris/Photo by Kyusung Gong / Associated Press

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