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Rams Fans Should Be Upset If Shurmur Leaves

Rams much-maligned offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is one of the favorites to land the head coaching job with the Cleveland Browns.  Some Rams fans (probably a majority) will be happy to see him leave because he called the offensive plays for the Rams with very limited success.  However, Rams fans should be upset to see him leave for a few reasons.

First and foremost, the continuity with rookie quarterback Sam Bradford is very important, especially considering he is still learning the playbook (as are most of his receivers).  If the Rams are forced to change offensive coordinators, they will most certainly change playcalling nomenclature if not the offensive style altogether.  Sam Bradford is a smart enough guy to pick up the new offense and new wording, but he will not be as advanced next season if he was working off the same playbook as 2010.

We also have no idea about what goes on behind closed doors.  Are these unsuccessful gameplans and playcalls dreamed up by Pat Shurmur and he thinks they are brilliant and are going to work every time?  Somehow, I think not.  Some of the Rams beat writers have insinuated that head coach Steve Spagnuolo is forcing restrictions on how the game is called offensively.  Others indicated that neither head coach nor offensive coordinator trusted the Rams offensive skill position players to open up the playbook.  Whichever the case, the only way to find out which is correct is to keep Pat Shurmur and add several playmakers to the Rams offense and see if Spagnuolo lets Shurmur become more creative with more weapons.

The collective bargaining agreement also comes into play as well.  Until the players and owners sign a new deal, the new offensive coordinator would not get any time with the Rams players.  That’s a huge disadvantage for a new coordinator that knows very little about the players he will be coaching.  Incumbent and interim head coaches all around the league are being re-signed because they know the roster and the unknown nature about when the CBA will be signed and when coaches and players will be able to practice again.  Pat Shurmur has a huge advantage with the Rams over anyone they would get to replace him.

The St. Louis Rams do not need ultimate continuity to build on their 7-9 season, but the same coaches as last season can build on what they learned with the season and make changes with some healthy returning offensive weapons and a few new ones through the draft and free agency.

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