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Rams agree to terms with Raheem Morris to be team's new defensive coordinator

The Los Angeles Rams announced they have agreed to terms with Raheem Morris to be their new defensive coordinator. Morris replaces Brandon Staley, who was named the Chargers' new head coach last Sunday.

Morris, 44, brings 19 years of NFL coaching experience on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball to the Rams. He most recently served as interim head coach of the Atlanta Falcons for their final 11 games of the 2020 season after spending the first five as their defensive coordinator. The 2020 season was Morris' sixth with Atlanta and first as its defensive coordinator.

In 2019, Morris began the season on the offensive side of the ball coaching wide receivers before taking over as the Falcons' secondary coach. Following that midseason switch, he helped Atlanta finish 6-2 over the final eight games, and its defense went from having the fewest takeaways in the first half of the season (4) to finishing with the second-most in the NFL (16) after Week 9. The Falcons' defense also improved from 32nd to 10th in sacks, 32nd to ninth in scoring efficiency, and 31st to sixth in redzone efficiency over the final eight weeks of the season.

Morris first joined the Falcons in 2015 as assistant head coach/defensive passing game coordinator. During that first season in Atlanta, Morris helped the Falcons defense allow the third-fewest total passing touchdowns in the NFL that season (19). He then transitioned over to the offensive side of the ball and served as assistant head coach/wide receivers coach for the next three and a half seasons.

Prior to joining the Falcons in 2015, Morris spent the 2012-14 seasons on the Washington Football Team's coaching staff as its defensive backs coach. Washington's defense finished tied for fifth in the NFL in takeaways with 31 in his first season. It also tied a league-high with 94 passes defensed and ranked fifth in the NFC with a 3.3 interception rate.

Before arriving in Washington, Morris spent three seasons as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2009-11). He was the youngest head coach in the NFL in 2009. In 2010, Tampa Bay finished 10-6, marking the best turnaround in franchise history after going 3-13 the previous season.

Morris began his NFL coaching career as a defensive quality control coach for the Buccaneers in 2002, becoming a defensive assistant in 2003 before being promoted to assistant defensive backs coach (2004-05). After one season as Kansas State University's defensive coordinator (2006), he returned to Tampa Bay for the beginning of his second stint with the Bucs, starting out as their defensive backs coach (2007-08) before becoming their head coach. During that two-year span, Tampa Bay allowed the second-fewest passing yards per game in the NFL (170.5) and also ranked among the league leaders with 22 interceptions.


Morris is well-acquainted with Rams head coach Sean McVay, having previously worked...
 

Rams agree to terms with Joe DeCamillis to be team's new special teams coordinator

The Los Angeles Rams announced Thursday that they have agreed to terms with Joe DeCamillis to be their new special teams coordinator. DeCamillis replaces John Bonamego, who will still remain with the organization as a Senior Coaching Assistant.

DeCamillis brings more than 25 years of NFL coaching experience to the Rams' staff. The 2020 season marked his 32nd in the NFL.

Prior to joining the Rams, he spent the last four seasons as the Jaguars' special teams coordinator in what was his second stint Jacksonville. In 2020, Jacksonville finished tied with the New York Giants for sixth in the league in punt return average (11.4) and 11th in opposing punt return average (7.5). Punter Logan Cooke, meanwhile, had a 43.2-yard net punting average, sixth-highest in the NFL. Collectively, the unit tied with Houston for 13th in veteran NFL reporter Rick Gosselin's annual special teams rankings, which ranks all 32 NFL teams using a point system based on 22 categories.

In 2019, the Jaguars special teams finished fifth in the same rankings after Cooke and kicker Josh Lambo became the first teammates to lead the NFL in net punting average (minimum 10 punts) and field goal percentage (minimum 15 attempts) in the same year since net punting average started being tracked in 2000. Lambo was named to The Associated Press' All-Pro Second Team – the first kicker in franchise history to earn All-Pro recognition – after making a franchise-record 33 field goals, while Cooke tied for first in the NFL in net punting average (44.5 yards).

DeCamillis also helped Jacksonville to a Top-10 finish in Gosselin's 2018 rankings (seventh) after Jacksonville first in the NFL in opposing kick return average (17.8) and second in opposing punt return average.

Prior to joining the Jaguars, DeCamillis spent two seasons as the Broncos special teams coordinator from 2015-16, his second stint in Denver. In 2016, DeCamillis' group was strong in punt and kickoff coverage, finishing seventh in the league in both opponents' punt return average (6.8) and opponents' kickoff return average (20.2). It also ranked 11th in the NFL in kick return average (22.9).

DeCamillis spent the 2013-14 seasons as assistant head coach/special teams coordinator for the Bears, overseeing a unit that allowed the lowest opposing kickoff return average (18.3).


Prior to arriving in Chicago, DeCamillis was Dallas' special teams coordinator from 2009-12. The Cowboys tallied the most punt return touchdowns (six) in the NFL during that span.

DeCamillis' first stint in Jacksonville was as its special teams coach from 2007-08. DeCamillis' coverage unit finished second in the league in average opponent field position after kickoffs (25.3-yard line) with 34 opponent returns being downed inside the 20-yard line.

DeCamillis' NFL career started in Denver in 1989 assisting with the Broncos' football administration...
 

Rams Off-Season Needs

I originally posted a portion of this in another thread, but I wanted to expound on a few points:

Jared "Jameis Winston" Goff is not the answer for our team at QB, however his salary makes it difficult to get rid of him. I would love for our team to trade for D. Watson, but the asking price will more than likely be are too high for a team with our salary cap issues and lack of draft capital.

I know that many of you all may not want to hear this, but we are closer to the end of our original Snead/McVay experiment, and I'm fearful that we are potentially looking at a reality that resembles the one that the Eagles ran into this year after they paid there own sub-par QB.


We need the following items:

1. A new Center and Guard. Our center alone is simply horrible & I can not state that enough.

2. A speed WR option, Kupp can't separate PERIOD, and Woods at best is a #2 option. Reynolds does not have the intangibles to be a difference maker & the fact that he starts for us is a joke. Lastly, Jefferson is just a younger version of Kupp w/ a little more wiggle to his game. He looks lost on the field at times, but hopefully his sophomore season will show more promise.

3. And upgrade at both MLB positions. Kiser can't stay healthy and well.....he's the only bright spot. Reeder is as unathletic as it gets, he's better suited to be a SLB in a 4-3 scheme.

4. One more solid addition at OLB as I doubt that Lewis will ever be able to play a complete 16-17 game season. We may have to grab two (2) OLB's depending on what happens with Floyd, he may have rode Donald's back to a big pay day with another team (I've already seen some crazy numbers from teams interested in him).

5. A FB (McVay learn from Shanahan on how to run a multifaceted offense). A FB provides additional options for your offense and also takes some of the wear and tear off of our promising young RB.

6. A new return specialist. For example, look at the impact a guy like Andre Roberts makes for the Bills each and every week. Its a true game changer.

7. Trade Aaron Donald (yes I said it) we are paying both he and Ramsey (in addition to Mr. Winston-Goff) a Kings ransom to be what the 5th seed in the playoffs or to miss them all together? That is ridiculous! If we trade him now we can get a 1st in both 2021 and 2022 as well as a 2nd in both years as well. Again with our salary cap issues & lack of draft capital, I'm not sure how this isn't a option. The goal is not to miss the playoffs in 2018-19 on and then be the 5th seed in the playoffs in the 2019-20 season, the goal is to: WIN THE SUPERBOWL!

Note: I went with Ramsey over Donald b/c its harder to find a lockdown corner than a difference maker at DT in today's NFL. Donald is getting older, and gone are the days of 20+ sack seasons. He's also often a liability in the run game, teams...

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