The Minnesota Vikings are in the market for a head coach after the firing of Mike Zimmer. With rumors swirling around the league, the Vikings could become the fourth team to hire a former Sean McVay assistant as a head coach after the latest news on Tuesday, as reported by Peter Schrager of NFL Network.
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Per Schrager, the Vikings have requested an interview with Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris.
Morris has helped McVay’s Rams rank 15th in points allowed per game, though it was likely his unit’s impressive effort against Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night that caught the attention of head-coach needy teams such as the Vikings. He also received an impressive endorsement from Rams star Jalen Ramsey.
Morris has had previous stints as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011 and interim head coach of the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. The assistant to McVay has compiled a 21-38 career record as a head coach.
His defensive background would certainly be appealing for a Vikings defense in need of a new voice in the room.
If ultimately hired, Morris would become the fourth former McVay assistant to be hired as a head coach, joining the Green Bay Packers’ Matt LaFleur, the Cincinnati Bengals’ Zac Taylor, the Los Angeles Chargers’ Bradnon Staley, and Arizona Wildcats head coach Jedd Fisch.
It remains to be seen how interested the Vikings will really be in Raheem Morris, though there’s certainly a chance that he becomes the next Sean McVay assistant to be hired as a head coach.