Ranking NFC South head coaches before 2024 free agency

Not much competition here...

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v San Francisco 49ers
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2. Raheem Morris (Falcons)

The Bucs and Raheem Morris go way back, as Morris first joined the team as their defensive quality control coach in 2002 and remained with them through the end of the 2005 season. He spent one year with Kansas State in 2006 and then returned to the Bucs in 2007 where he served as the defensive backs coach.

The Bucs hired Morris to be their head coach in 2009 and he had a rough first year, winning just three games. In year two, however, the Bucs went 10-6 and narrowly missed out on the playoffs. In 2011, Morris' Bucs regressed mightily, winning four games and that forced the front office's hand. Morris was let go but thrived elsewhere.

Funny enough, Morris has spent time as the Falcons head coach before, having taken over for Dan Quinn when he was fired early in the season. He's now back in Atlanta as their head coach after having a tremendous amount of success as the Rams defensive coordinator for the past three years.

It might seem gutsy to put Morris over Dennis Allen but he had a 10-win season in Tampa Bay and is trending upwards right now whereas Allen is trending in the other direction.