Monday, February 13, 2006

By Nick Wagoner
Senior Writer

The Rams made four more additions to their coaching staff Monday. About a week after adding nine new coaches to Scott Linehan’s staff, St. Louis added four more, closing in on a complete staff.
Though the biggest opening, the defensive line coach spot, has not yet been filled, the Rams brought in Joe Baker (defensive quality control), Jim Chaney (assistant offensive line coach), Jeff Horton (special assistant for offense) and Brad Roll (assistant strength and conditioning coach).
The additions nearly completes the staff with the aforementioned defensive line spot still being decided on as well as the potential for an assistant special teams coach.
Baker comes to the Rams from the Packers where he was the secondary/safeties coach after spending the five seasons before in different roles for the Saints. He is entering his 12th season in the league and spent time at the University of Wisconsin as well as with Jacksonville in various jobs. In college, Baker played wide receiver for Princeton.
Chaney’s hiring gives him his first job at the NFL level. He has been the offensive coordinator at Purdue for the past nine seasons and has also worked as the Boilermakers’ tight end coach. Chaney also has local ties, as he is a native of Holden, Mo.and played his college football as a guard at Central Missouri State.
Horton will also be making his NFL debut after spending coaching quarterbacks at Wisconsin for the past seven years. Before that, he was the head coach at UNLV from 1994-1998, earning Big West Coach of the Year honors in 1994 when he led the Rebels to a conference title and Las Vegas Bowl win.
Roll comes to the Rams with 13 years of NFL experience. He worked as the Bills’ strength and conditioning coordinator for the past two seasons after spending eight years as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Dolphins. He entered the NFL in 1993 as the strength and conditioning coach for Tampa Bay. Before that, he held the same role for the University of Miami.
The Rams are expected to have a meet and greet with the new staff and the media Wednesday afternoon where most of the coaches will be formally introduced. The rest of the staff is expected to be in place by the end of the week, if not in time for that session.