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Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris has verbally accepted a job as assistant head coach of the Falcons.

Seahawks DC Dan Quinn will be introduced as the new Falcons head coach following Sunday's Super Bowl. He'll bring along Morris, who played for Quinn at Hofstra in the late 1990s and has head-coaching experience with the Bucs from 2009-11. Morris will coordinate the pass defense while new DC Richard Smith will focus on the run defense.
Jan 26 - 10:15 AM

The Washington Post's Mike Jones reports the Falcons have requested an interview with Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris.

With the Falcons set to hire Seahawks DC Dan Quinn as head coach following the Super Bowl, Morris is likely being brought in to interview for the defensive coordinator position. Morris has already been passed over for the Giants' and Redskins' defensive coordinator jobs this offseason, but he could land a job in what should be a limited role under the defensive-minded Quinn. Morris played for and coached under Quinn while the pair were at Hofstra in the late 90s.
Jan 24 - 10:03 AM

Falcons hired Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator.

Atlanta plans to officially hire Seahawks DC Dan Quinn as their new coach immediately following the Feb. 1 Super Bowl. It gives them a powerful pairing on either side of the ball. Shanahan has established himself as a strong offensive game-planner and schemer during seven years as an NFL coordinator, even coaxing the talent-deficient, Brian Hoyer-led Browns to 23.2 points a game for the first nine weeks before the wheels came off. Shanny's presence boosts the stock of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones heading into 2015. It would also be good news for Steven Jackson if the 32-year-old (in July) had anything left in the tank. As S-Jax is likely to be released, Shanahan will be on the hunt this offseason for a bellcow back in his zone-run game.
Jan 18 - 9:40 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports there's a "lot of talk" that Kyle Shanahan is "hitching his wagon" to Seahawks DC Dan Quinn.

Shanahan made waves by turning down the 49ers' request to interview for their offensive-coordinator vacancy, but could have an agreement to join up with Quinn if/when he's hired by the Falcons. Quinn is considered the heavy favorite to replace Mike Smith in Atlanta, but can't formally be hired until the Seahawks are eliminated. Landing with Matt Ryan after years in the Brian Hoyer/Robert Griffin III wilderness would be a boon for Shanny's future prospects.
Jan 16 - 3:56 PM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports Kyle Shanahan turned down an interview request for the 49ers' offensive-coordinator vacancy.

Russini adds that Shanahan may be "in play" for the Broncos, though it's unclear whether she means as head coach or offensive coordinator. But the real news is Shanahan turning down the Niners' interview. It's possible that after a couple unsuccessful seasons with Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel, Shanahan is over the whole dual-threat quarterback thing. Shanahan has no shortage of suitors, so he can afford to be picky about where he coaches next. The Rams, Bears, and Ravens have also been linked to the younger Shanahan.
Jan 16 - 11:44 AM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens will be interested in Kyle Shanahan for their offensive-coordinator vacancy if Gary Kubiak leaves for Denver.

It would be a seamless transition for Joe Flacco and Co. from Kubiak to Shanahan, as both run the same offense they learned from former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan is also on the Bears and Rams' radars.
Jan 16 - 11:06 AM

Raheem Morris' Tuesday interview with the Redskins is the last one Washington will hold for its defensive coordinator vacancy.

Morris, the current secondary coach for a Skins defense that ranked 24th against the pass this past year, is a finalist. The other candidate appears to be Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry.
Jan 13 - 12:21 PM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Giants are not interested in Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

This comes after Morris interviewed for the job on Friday, so they must not have liked what they heard or have better options in mind. Morris will now interview for the DC job in Washington. It'd be an underwhelming hire.
Jan 12 - 7:24 PM

Falcons LT Jake Matthews is recovering from a Lisfranc injury.

Matthews suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Atlanta's season-ending loss to the Panthers. Depending on if surgery is needed, he could be looking at a four-month timetable. Matthews will likely miss the early part of OTAs, but should be ready for 2015 training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 10 - 2:25 PM

The Rams will interview former Browns OC Kyle Shanahan for their open offensive coordinator position.

It would not be entirely surprising if Shanahan landed a head coaching job this offseason, so landing him to run the offense would be a coup for St. Louis. Front-office meddling torpedoed the Browns' offense down the stretch, but Shanahan coaxed 23.2 points a game out of the talent-deficient group in Weeks 1-10. The Rams are also interested in 49ers OC Greg Roman.
Jan 10 - 10:04 AM

"Sources familiar with the situation" tell ESPN OC Kyle Shanahan left the Browns because the sides did not "see eye to eye" on Johnny Manziel.

Shanahan reportedly felt the decision to start Manziel was forced on the coaching staff. Per a team source, the year-long drum beat to play Manziel when the staff thought he wasn't ready "wore" on Shanahan. Manziel's start in Week 14 was a prime example of this, as it was reported Shanahan and company were pressured by the front office to get Manziel on the field. The report is another dent in Manziel's armor as he heads into his sophomore season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 8 - 2:03 PM

Kyle Shanahan is interviewing for the Bills' head coaching vacancy Thursday.

Shanahan, who had his power over personnel decisions stripped in Cleveland, asked for his release from the team and was granted it. He knows he'll have teams beating down the door to interview him about both head coaching and offensive coordinator positions. The massive quarterback hole in Buffalo is a concern, but they do have plenty of talent everywhere else.
Jan 8 - 12:21 PM

A source tells FOX Sports that the Browns are "parting ways" with OC Kyle Shanahan.

The dysfunction that has plagued Cleveland's organization for the last 15 years continues. Just one year after landing a talented game-planner and offensive schemer, the Browns lose Shanahan on the heels of a disastrous Johnny Manziel pick and reports of "friction" between the coaches and the front office. Shanny (who was never on Team Manziel) reportedly asked for his release and was granted it, while quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains was canned Thursday. Shanahan, who will interview for the Bills' head coaching vacancy Thursday and has been linked to the 49ers' vacancy, won't hurt for other offers. Seahawks DC Dan Quinn wants him as his offensive coordinator if he lands a job and there are also rumors of three teams interested in Mike and Kyle as a package deal. The next Browns' OC will be their ninth since 2006.
Jan 8 - 10:39 AM

The Giants have requested permission to interview Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

The Redskins have reportedly given the go ahead. In two years with Morris at the helm of the Redskins' secondary, the unit has ranked 24th and 20th against the pass. A lot of that has to do with talent deficiencies, which is why Morris is at least getting a look. Expect the Giants to cast a wide net in their search for Perry Fewell's replacement. Morris is also considered a candidate to replace Jim Haslett as defensive coordinator in Washington.
Jan 8 - 8:43 AM

The Falcons have reduced GM Thomas Dimitroff's role in their personnel department, and increased assistant GM Scott Pioli's.

We've seen this coming for a few years now. Under Dimitroff, Atlanta's roster slowly but steadily disintegrated to the point where they have Matt Ryan, two wide receivers, Desmond Trufant, and little else. The Falcons considered firing Dimitroff, but he'll now be limited to "salary cap, player affairs, equipment, sports medicine and performance, and video activities.". Pioli will take over pro and college scouting, and run the Falcons' draft room. It's a needed restructure after Dimitroff's recent run of bad drafts. Atlanta's new head coach will report directly to owner Arthur Blank. We'd be surprised it if wasn't Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.
Jan 7 - 6:06 PM


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