By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Thursday, Feb. 16 2006

Head coach Scott Linehan has one piece of unfinished business in assembling his
first Rams staff. Namely, hiring a defensive line coach.

Linehan had to audible when his first choice for the position, former
University of Idaho head coach Nick Holt, changed his mind, opting instead for
the defensive coordinator's job at Southern Cal.

"Nick got an opportunity to be a coordinator at maybe the premier college
coaching position in the country," Linehan said Wednesday. "You can't foresee
that, but you've also got to be ready and have your Plan B ready.

"So we're going to be interviewing two or three candidates in the next four or
five days and make sure they fit the requirements we have to coach our system
and our defense," Linehan said.

One possibility is Brian Baker, who was defensive line coach for the Minnesota
Vikings last season. Linehan was on the Vikings staff with Baker from 2002
through 2004.

Another possibility is John Pease, who spent the past two seasons as defensive
line coach in New Orleans working for Jim Haslett. Haslett, now the Rams'
defensive coordinator, would like nothing better than to bring Pease to St.
Louis. But he realizes it's not his decision to make.

"That's up to Scott and the way he wants to go," Haslett said. "I know he'd
like to have a younger guy. But John's a good football coach. He's probably one
of the best defensive line coaches I've been around. But that's really Scott's
call."

Pease, 62, has been coaching in the NFL since 1986.

On other matters:

Linehan continues to hold out hope that running back Marshall Faulk will return
to the team next season, adding that he talked to Faulk again recently.

Linehan said he would like to re-sign safety Adam Archuleta, who's scheduled
for unrestricted free agency next month. Haslett expressed similar thoughts
Wednesday.

Linehan is leaning toward having training camp at Rams Park again this summer
but won't make a final decision for two or three weeks.