With yet another clunker, it becomes more obvious that the Rams will have an open search to fill their potentially open head coaching position. Whether current interim head coach Jim Haslett will be considered is still up for grabs. SI.com’s Don Banks recently covered some hot head coaching candidates and it seems as much a good time as ever to start to keep a sharp eye out. Banks also includes this nugget, “St. Louis is one team known to be in the market for a defensive-oriented head coach.” So, let’s head to the list.
Bill Cowher - In our dreams.
Steve Spagnuolo - New York Giants defensive coordinator – He was in high demand last year but did not get a job, probably because his team made it to the Super Bowl, which left little time for interviewing. He is a great candidate and a disciple of the Jim Johnson pressure defensive scheme. Should be near the top of the list for the Rams.
Jim Schwartz - Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator – Architect of Titans strong defense had at least three interviews last year and would be very high on the Rams wish list.
Marty Schottenheimer - May or may not be interested in St. Louis, but is a known quantity and the Rams may need a veteran steady hand to turn the team around.
Rex Ryan - Baltimore Ravens – Get the idea now? Every team with a good defense has their defensive coordinator as a candidate. Rex Ryan is a veteran defensive coordinator who has worked with the strong Baltimore Ravens defense for 9 years.
Raheem Morris - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Backs Coach – Based on the recent hires in the NFL, posistion coaches are the new hot prospects and Raheem Morris is red-hot. Here’s what Banks says about Morris. “Haven’t heard of the Bucs defensive backs coach? You will. For one thing, he’s thought to be a slam dunk to become Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator should Monte Kiffin join his son’s staff at the University of Tennessee. But Morris is also thought of as the next Mike Tomlin, whom he worked under in Tampa Bay as recently as 2005. He’s got a winning and magnetic personality, and though he’s only 32 — younger than Bucs veterans Derrick Brooks and Ronde Barber — his players rave about his fiery coaching style and his ability to motivate.” I, for one, could certainly get on board with the fiery Mike Tomlin-esque coach that can fire up and inspire his players. That certainly has been missing the past three years.
DeWayne Walker - UCLA Defensive Coordinator – UCLA has not been known for its defense over the past few years, but DeWayne appears to be held in high regard in league circles. Banks again on Walker. “Walker has spent the past three seasons as UCLA’s defensive coordinator, but he’s also got a wealth of NFL experience to draw from, having served as an assistant under a virtual who’s who of coaches: Pete Carroll (at New England and USC), Bill Belichick (New England), Joe Gibbs(Washington), and Jim Fassel (Giants). His collegiate background includes coaching stints under Steve Mariucci (Cal) and LaVell Edwards (BYU), and he’s thought of as one of the brighter young coaching minds in the game.”