Long-time defensive coach Raheem Morris to coach wide receivers

The Falcons make an unusual move on the coaching staff as Raheem Morris will coach wide receivers in 2016.

The Falcons are switching up the coaching staff a bit, as Raheem Morris is moving to offense with the addition of James Henderson as the passing game coordinator for defense.

Morris coached defensive backs last year for Atlanta. He will now coach the wide receivers, who lost long-time coach Terry Robiskie when he joined Mike Mularkey’s staff in Tennessee as offensive coordinator.

This is an unusual move, as Morris has no prior experience on offense as a coach or player. He was Tampa Bay’s head coach and has extensive experience as a defensive assistant.

Henderson was with Dallas the last four seasons as defensive backs coach. He reportedly interviewed with the Jaguars for their defensive coordinator position.

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn worked with Henderson as assistants with the Jets in 2007 and 2008.

Here was Quinn’s comment on the coaching changes:

"I am excited about these moves and what they will do for our coaching staff," said Quinn. "I have known Raheem for over 19 years and I have no doubt his extensive background in the passing game will prove to be a tremendous asset to our offensive coaching staff. His experience, combined with his personality, makes him the perfect fit to take over this role. Coach Henderson brings an excellent understanding of the passing game in the NFL, and has proven his ability to develop players over his time in this league. He will be a great addition to our staff and I am looking forward to getting to work with both of these men in their new positions."

Kyle Shanahan will remain Atlanta’s offensive coordinator in 2016.

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