We are covering Pat Shurmur wall to wall here at Rams Gab today since the Rams offensive coordinator is interviewing for the head coaching position with the Cleveland Browns today. If Shurmur leaves the Rams, who should they look for to replace him? I’m going to limit the candidates to coaches that run similar offenses to the Rams and coaches that should be available or are not yet coordinators.
Brad Childress – The former Minnesota Vikings head coach was much maligned as a head coach, but he was a great coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is also a good friend of Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo, since Spagnuolo called him to ask about Randy Moss when the Vikings released him. He runs a very similar offense to the one that Pat Shurmur runs with St. Louis, so the transition period would be minimal. The hope would be that Steve Spagnuolo would trust Childress enough to give him full control of the offense without restrictions. Childress has play-calling experience, which is key for the Rams.
Darrell Bevell – The Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator might be out of a job after Brad Childress was fired. If he is not out of a job, then he most likely will not be a lateral candidate for the Rams. However, he is trained under Childress’s offense, which as we said above, is similar to St. Louis’s.
James Urban – The Rams went to the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback’s coach once to get Pat Shurmur, why not try again with James Urban.
Even at this point, it is still unclear which coaches will be available, but these three will be at the top of the list.