Thousand Oaks – Under the coaching of Raheem Morris, Jalen Ramsey has continued to expand his role in the Rams’ defense this season, listing not only on the roster, but also inside slot corners, safety, linebackers and outside linebackers Is.
Now, add one role to Ramsey’s list: Morris’ campaign surrogate.
Morris, the Rams’ defensive coordinator, is scheduled to interview with the Minnesota Vikings for the inaugural head coach of that team, even as he plays Sunday’s divisional round playoff road game against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Make preparations.
Ramsey speaking on behalf of Morris on social media And with reporters covering the Rams at his weekly press conference on Thursday, making it clear he wouldn’t mind at all if “Coach Rah” stays in L.A.
“He really is one of the best leaders in my professional career, but it’s normal for me to play football forever,” Ramsey said. “The way he challenges people and brings out the best in them is something that is honestly special. And it’s something that any of these (with teams) have vacancies here, if they can find a guy like him, they’re in good hands and in good shape.
“He’s earned it, and I think he deserves at least the opportunity to be a head coach. But if not, we’re going to beat the guys next year. What we’ve done this year, we’re going to do it.” going to take and build on that.”
Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell is scheduled to interview head coaching jobs with the Vikings, Denver Broncos and Houston Texans, and running back coach and assistant head coach Thomas Brown has attracted the interest of the Miami Dolphins.
Other teams’ pursuit of Rams coach Sean McVay’s assistants is an annual rite of passage, and McVay’s entire coaching tree would have made it to the playoffs this season if not for an overtime defeat in the Chargers’ regular season finale.
Chargers coach Brandon Staley was the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2020, Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur was the Rams’ offensive coordinator, and Cincinnati Bengals coach Zack Taylor was a Rams quarterback coach.
“It’s one of the best, most rewarding things, but it’s also very challenging, because you’re losing out on great people,” McVay said in December of moving on to assistants. “I see it as positive problems.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we lose some great people this year.”
McVay said he has no doubt that his current assistant can “split up” and pursue other opportunities without being distracted by his Ram’s work.
It’s a first for San Diego State quarterback and former NFL backup O’Connell, who moved to the Rams from the Washington football team in 2020, and the Browns, in his second season with the Rams but with the first assistant head coach title. Was.
But Morris was head coach twice before, going 17-31 in three seasons with the Buccaneers after being hired at age 32 in 2009, and going 4-7 as interim coach of the Atlanta Falcons in 2020. Were.
He speaks lovingly of the experience he has gained in Tampa Bay, regardless of the outcome.
“We had a year, we were able to win 10 games and that wasn’t enough, we didn’t get to the playoffs. We were able to start next year and go 4-2,” Morris said on Thursday. “And then we had a catastrophic collapse that led to my firing, and I got what I deserved.”
Morris and Brown are Black. Following the sacking of David Cooley by Houston and Brian Flores by Miami this month, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers is the only Black head coach in the league with the majority of players being Black.
Morris said last week that he is optimistic there will be opportunities for more Black coaches this year.
“I think when you give up on hope, I think that will be the issue,” Morris said. “And I’ll never give up on the hope part of it, because I believe there are great people out there. There are people who are going to do the right thing.”
Morris, 45, quickly earned the players’ devotion with the Rams, becoming the team’s third defensive coordinator in three years, after Wade Phillips and Staley.
“I’ve had great coaches, honestly, ever since I was traded here in L.A.,” Ramsey said. “(Style) did a great job and he helped me a lot. He opened up my game to the point where I was able to showcase my skill set from even more different positions and coverage that I used to play in. He got the opportunity to be the head coach, and I personally think he did a good job (with the Chargers).
“Then, when Rah came here this year, he just took it and went to another level with it. (He) not only allowed me to play in multiple positions personally and be effective all-around the game, but the way I was able to do it.” The way he has taught me the game, the way he has sabotaged the film.
“Not only that, but he’s just the leader, that’s how he trains all of his people. He doesn’t treat all of us the same way, but he treats us all fairly if it makes sense.” He knows how to deal with different people, how to deal with them.
“I could probably go on and on about the coach trail.”
Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) and safety Taylor Rapp (concussion) were again out of practice on Thursday. Linebacker Troy Reeder (ankles), receiver Ben Skoronek (back) and punt and kick returner Brandon Powell (ribs) were listed as limited again on the injury report. … Four Buccaneers offensive starters were listed as non-participants in practice: Ronald Jones (ankle), receiver Cyril Grayson (hamstring), right tackle Tristan Wirfs (ankle) and back center Ryan Jensen (ankle). Run. … Rams safety Nick Scott was named the winner of the NFL’s weekly Way to Play award for the wild-card playoff round. The NFL said Scott “demonstrated proper tackle technique by keeping his head out and shoulders in” when he hit Arizona Cardinals receiver AJ Green to prevent a catch in the second quarter on Monday night. Reader in Week 9 is among this year’s award recipients, selected by a panel of former players.