Raheem Morris got a bonusbut he doesn’t get a promotion.
For the third consecutive year, a Black coordinator who was a vital piece of the puzzle for a Super Bowl championship-winning team will not be head coach next season. The Rams took Super Bowl LVI when their defense — coached by Morris — stopped the Bengals on fourth and 1 at the Rams’ 49-yard line to win the game 23-20. When the Rams needed their defense to stand up on the biggest drive of their season, they did.
At times like these, credit goes to players like Aaron Donald, who was a monster with four tackles and two of the Rams’ seven sacks on the day. Eric Weddle contributed with five tackles, while Von Miller also had two sacks as the Rams defensive veterans had to make up for cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s play, who was burned on two of the Bengals’ biggest passes of the day (albeit an offensive one). pass interference should have been).
However, if you’re going to praise the Rams’ defense unit, you can’t ignore the coach. Say what you will about the ridiculous amount of talent the Rams had on both sides of the ball, as long as you mention that head coach Sean McVay didn’t win everything until Morris was by his side.
“He did a fantastic job”, McVay said two days before the game about Morris† “I think his communication (skills), his leadership and his adaptability… In many ways he is a big brother to me. We’ve known each other for a long time. He has had some great experiences that he can give me wisdom. He can tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear.”
And to think that McVay said all this about Morris before they won everything.
“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Raheem Morris,” he said. he explained† “When you hear guys like Jalen [Ramsey]Aaron [Donald]Leonard Floyd and Von Miller [and] the way they talk about him. And the Eric Weddles, that tells you all you need to know. Those are the guys who really know [he’s] a special coach, a special player and an outstanding leader.”
From 2009 to 2011, Morris had the opportunity to be the head coach of the NFL when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was referred to as the man to follow the Jon Gruden era in Tampa – a man who still touts his Super Bowl title with the Bucs, even though he coached a team put together by Tony Dungy, a black man. Morris was 17-31 in three seasons and was eventually replaced by Greg Schiano, then Lovie Smith and then Dirk Koetter – none of them fared much better. In 2020, Morris was the interim head coach at Atlanta, finishing 4-7 after Dan Quinn was fired for starting the season 0-5, meaning Morris was responsible for every game the Falcons won that season. But instead of hiring Morris, the Falcons went with Arthur Smith, who scored 7-10 last season and saw Morris win the Super Bowl while probably watching from his couch at home.
This is the fate of black coaches in the NFL, and it’s the same experience Todd Bowles, Byron Leftwich, and Eric Bieniemy have all had over the past three seasons. When Kansas City won the Super Bowl LIV, it was Bieniemy who was and still is their offensive coordinator. But for all the success that Kansas City and his attack have enjoyed, Bieniemy is still in the same place because of his complexion. We saw the same thing happen in Super Bowl LV the following year, when the dominant Buccaneers defense, led by Bowles, got its way with Bieniemy’s attack. And of course Leftwich leading the attack of Tom Brady and Tampa Bay in that game.
Three years. Four Black Super Bowl-winning coordinators. Zero head coaching opportunities.
Here’s a quick trivia question for you:
Who was the last black coordinator to win a Super Bowl and be rewarded with a head coach job?
If you guessed Brian Flores, you’re right.
The man who has filed a 58-page class-action lawsuit against the NFL, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and the Denver Broncos, for discrimination related to his interview process, is the latest to do so. In 2019, Flores was Bill Belichick’s defensive coordinator with the Patriots as they kept Kansas City’s offense to zero in the first half of the AFC Championship Game, and the Rams just three points on their way to winning Super Bowl LIII. After the game, the man who is the worst lyricist in the NFL praised Flores.
“Brian called a great game, as he has done all year”, belichick said:† “He’s done an amazing job for me. In the time he’s been with our organization, he’s worn I don’t know how many different hats — scouting, quality control, special teams, defense, safeties, linebackers, defensive coordinator. He’s done a lot of things “He’s done them all right. He’s been a great team player. … He’s a great person and a great guy.”
Only time will tell if Flores’ lawsuit will change things in the NFL. But as if there wasn’t enough evidence to back up his claims already, Raheem Morris helped bolster them Sunday night. Because again, the Super Bowl showed how good black coaches are in the NFL. The owners just don’t see it that way. But that’s what happens when you “see no color”.