DEC 2007 - Rams coach Scott Linehan
Nearly six weeks after a fourth consecutive loss brought the Rams’ 3-13 season to a finish, Scott Linehan still isn’t finished retooling his coaching staff. But the heavy lifting has been done.
“We’ll probably do some reshuffling with the defensive positions, do some assignment shuffling there,” Linehan said Monday. “I’m not sure we’ll add (another) coach.”
Six members of Linehan’s 19-man staff are gone. Four have been replaced from outside, one from inside, and one spot remains unfilled. The latest moves haven’t been announced yet, but Terry Shea will become the quarterbacks coach and Mike Cox probably will move to assistant secondary coach from defensive quality control-assistant defensive line.
Team sources said that Doug Nussmeier, quarterbacks coach the past two seasons, is headed for Fresno State, where he will be the offensive coordinator.
Shea, 61, was the quarterbacks coach in Kansas City when Al Saunders was the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator. Shea has held the same position in Chicago and Miami. Saunders was hired Jan. 30 as offensive coordinator of the Rams, Linehan’s most significant offseason move.
“We’ve added these high-quality, highly regarded people like Billy (Devaney, newly named personnel chief) and Al on offense, and it’s only going to make you better because you’re adding assets to your team,” Linehan said. “You put your egos in check. I spent a good majority of the initial couple of weeks (after the season) just looking and saying, ‘There’s areas that I personally feel I could use help in.’” http://a248.e.akamai.net/7/800/1129/...ault/empty.gif
Linehan also has brought in Art Valero (assistant head coach-running backs) and Steve Loney (offensive line) and promoted Ron Milus to secondary coach from assistant secondary coach. Brad Roll, assistant strength and conditioning coach, moved to Oakland, where he will head the Raiders’ strength and conditioning staff. Roll hasn’t been replaced here.