Raheem Morris blames himself for Todd Gurley’s touchdown mistake

USA Today

Falcons running back Todd Gurley was “mad as hell” at himself for scoring a late touchdown on Sunday against the Lions, leading to Detroit’s comeback win at a point in the game when the Falcons could have just kneeled down and kicked a chip-shot game-winning field goal as time expired. But Falcons coach Raheem Morris said it wasn’t Gurley’s fault.

Morris said he feels that he put Gurley in a tough position by asking him to take a handoff and run to the 1-yard line but stop before crossing the goal line.

“I said this before and I’ll say it again, I feel like I made the mistake for putting Todd in that spot,” Morris said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s a little harder probably than me and you think to stop from going in. Obviously, it is. . . . I made a bad decision from the 10-yard line to give him the ball thinking he could stop before he got there. Probably should have put the ball in Matt Ryan’s hands and took the knee like I said before. That’s probably the biggest regret from the game. . . . I know I’ve said that clearly to [the media]. I’ve said it clearly to the team. Moving forward, we won’t make that mistake again.”

The Falcons have found some unique ways to lose this season, but that may have been the strangest yet. It’s believed to be the first time in NFL history that a team intentionally allowed its opponent to score a go-ahead touchdown and then came back and scored a touchdown of its own to win.

29 responses to “Raheem Morris blames himself for Todd Gurley’s touchdown mistake

  1. Who else can you blame? Every other coach would’ve taken a knee to run the clock down to 3 seconds then take a time out. Was he afraid his kicker couldn’t make a 27 yard field goal?

  2. Isn’t Morris a defensive coach? All this talk about them losing because of that TD is sending one message, and one message only. “Our defense is completely worthless!”.

  3. Ya but your defense still gave up a score a almost no time left, allowing that miracle throw to Golladay. Take some credit for that mistake too.

  4. If Harris doesn’t nearly tackle him, he would’ve stopped. But with the accidental near-tackle, Gurley instinctively ran through it.

  5. Seriously though, how stupid do you have to be to forget to fall down at the one yard line?

    Gurley just couldn’t resist the glory of crossing the goal line even one time, for the good of the team.

    Selfish player.

    Morris shouldn’t be covering for him

  6. The problem isn’t that Todd Gurley scored there. That’s what you pay these guys to do. The problem is that you can’t trust that defense to keep the Lions from scoring with 1 minute on the clock. FG kicks are not automatic. In the words of Herm Edwards.. “You play.. to win.. the game..”

  7. This is why a number of coaches aren’t head coach material. We’ll see if this guy learns from his mistakes or not. Nobodys perfect, we’ll see what happens, this team is upside down.

  8. Morris is right that this one’s on him. If you don’t want to score, then don’t run a play. Especially if you have a lousy defense.

  9. The NFL doesn’t seem real anymore, coming from a 54 year old fan.
    Blair Walsh missed 27 yarder to lose a playoff game in 2015, and Jim Breech missed a 19 yarder to lose a Raiders Chiefs game in the 90s.
    A touchdown to go ahead is never the worst thing; remember Bradshaw did the same thing in a Patriots Giants SB.
    Defense has to play.

  10. Raheem Morris is a terrible head coach .
    He’s had his shot and he’s been given another chance ..proving once and for all that he’s no head coach ..coordinator at best and that’s shaky at times

  11. Its amazing what the game has become. You can’t score touchdowns, because defenses are so bad, none of them can stop anyone.( at any level )

  12. It’s a Falcons thing. None of you guys will understand. Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, choking etc etc. It’s a Falcons thing

  13. Is it really too much to expect players to know the game situation? The most common mistakes are players running out of bounds stopping the clock when they shouldn’t and players cutting back inside when they should try to get out of bounds. When you do see a player make the intelligent move, he’s lauded endlessly by the game announcers for his brilliant decision.

  14. Ridiculous. The kicker has only missed 1 kick all year. Should have just kneeled. Still, the defense should be able to keep them out of the end zone with 1 minute left. It wasn’t like a field goal beats you. Atlanta just continues to create new ways to blow games. They should have 3-4 wins by now.

  15. I can’t believe this happened the day after the Penn State-Indiana game where nearly the exact same thing happened. You’d expect more from an NFL player than to be completely oblivious to the game situation. It’s not Morris’ fault. It’s Gurley’s fault. I bet everyone else on the field knew the best thing was not to score–except Gurley.

  16. So expecting your defense to be solid for ONE MINUTE of a game is too much to ask? Why bother to pay them? Let’s not forget it was the Detroit Lions they had to stop, not the KC Chiefs or Green Bay Packers. What’s funny is not ONE defensive player or coach has stepped and stated that they let Todd and the offense down, which means they’re ok with their play. Not a good sign for turning around the losing culture. 🤷‍♂️

  17. Is it just me or did Gurley not make all that big of effort to not cross the goal line? Like not try to turn his body to keep the ball from crossing the goal line it doesn’t matter if his body did .. from the eyeball test it looked to me like he was hunting a touchdown to add to the stats.

  18. Dear Raheem Morris:

    We tried to warn you about not trusting your defense with the game on the line..

    Signed,
    Mike Zimmer and Romeo Crennel

  19. Anyone picking on Gurley knows nothing about his career. At least twice before, he has broken through into the clear and then fallen down at the two yard line to keep from scoring, in games where his team was leading by less than a touchdown. In other words, he has given up “free” touchdowns to ensure his team could run out the clock. In this particular case, he got spun around and couldn’t halt his momentum after bursting through.

  20. When you see the other team hold up the touchdown signal like they were happy, that’s when you know you screwed up.

  21. Admirable that Morris is trying to “take the bullet”… but Gurley SCREWED-UP!!! 10 seconds before his mistake he was told “Don’t score, get the first down and get down”. Did Morris run the ball in? No.

  22. noccrit says:
    October 29, 2020 at 10:38 am
    Anyone picking on Gurley knows nothing about his career. At least twice before, he has broken through into the clear and then fallen down at the two yard line to keep from scoring, in games where his team was leading by less than a touchdown. In other words, he has given up “free” touchdowns to ensure his team could run out the clock. In this particular case, he got spun around and couldn’t halt his momentum after bursting through.

    3 2 Rate This

    Looked at it again … he didn’t try very hard to not fall into the end zone … anyone honest can see that

  23. Have we all just forgotten what Matt Stafford is capable of here? Yes the team is cursed to an almost comical level, and right now the defense is pretty awful (watching the lions rush the passer is like… …. …)
    But as the falcons were driving and making small mistakes leading up to the big one i said, “Don’t give #9 that damn ball, guys”. Pretty sure the lions scored 3 times in 5 minutes a few years back against the cowboys.

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