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    Rams have their five finalists

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Jan. 13 2009
    With the addition of Jason Garrett and Steve Spagnuolo, the field is set. Let
    the "finals" commence in the Rams' head-coaching search.

    General manager Billy Devaney and Rams ownership will sort through the names of
    five finalists. Barring an unexpected development, the team's next head coach
    will be one of these five:

    Minnesota Vikings assistant head coach-defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

    Garrett, the assistant head coach-offensive coordinator for the Dallas
    Cowboys.

    Current Rams coach Jim Haslett.

    Baltimore assistant head coach-defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

    Spagnuolo, the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants.

    Frazier, 49, will have his "finalist" interview today; Garrett, 42, will do so
    Wednesday; and Spagnuolo, 49, will interview Thursday. All of those interviews
    will take place in Los Angeles, with Devaney, team owners Chip Rosenbloom and
    Lucia Rodriguez, and senior adviser John Shaw all expected to participate.

    Haslett, 53, had his finalist interview last week in Los Angeles. The Rams
    interviewed Ryan, 46, on Sunday in Baltimore and not LA but only because
    the Ravens are still alive in the playoffs.

    The question now becomes, can the Rams afford to wait on Ryan until the end of
    the AFC championship game this Sunday? If the Ravens lose to Pittsburgh, Ryan
    can be hired immediately. If the Ravens beat Pittsburgh, Ryan cannot be hired
    until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. The Rams almost certainly won't wait that
    long.

    The Rams also may be forced to act quickly if the New York Jets, Detroit or
    Oakland completes their head-coaching searches over the next few days.
    Indications are that Ryan is among the frontrunners if not the frontrunner
    with the Jets. Nonetheless, sources close to Ryan say he remains very
    interested in the Rams' job.

    The Rams' search process reached clarity Monday when Spagnuolo and Garrett
    became confirmed candidates. After the Giants' 23-11 loss to Philadelphia in
    the NFC divisional playoffs, the Rams requested and received permission to
    interview Spagnuolo.

    Devaney and Spagnuolo go way back. Spagnuolo worked as a player personnel
    intern with Washington in 1983 at a time when Devaney was a Redskins scout. And
    in 1993, Spagnuolo worked as a scout for San Diego at a time when Devaney was
    the Chargers' director of player personnel.

    Those are the only years Spagnuolo hasn't been in coaching since his days as a
    wide receiver at Springfield (Mass.) College in the early 1980s. His first NFL
    coaching job came in 1999 with the Eagles, with whom he learned the aggressive
    blitzing schemes of highly regarded defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. After
    eight seasons with the Eagles, Spagnuolo was hired as Giants defensive
    coordinator in 2007.

    Spagnuolo gained instant notoriety in New York last season when the Giants'
    defense stymied Tom Brady and the unbeaten New England Patriots to register a
    stunning 17-14 upset in Super Bowl 42. Spagnuolo already has interviewed with
    Detroit and the New York Jets this offseason. But Denver no longer is an option
    since the Broncos have hired Josh McDaniels as their new head coach.

    Garrett turned out to be the so-called mystery candidate in the Rams' search.
    His candidacy had largely escaped notice until league sources confirmed Monday
    that he was indeed a Rams finalist.

    A year ago at this time, Garrett was one of the hottest names in the annual
    coaching carousel, interviewing in Atlanta and turning down an offer to be head
    coach in Baltimore. But he returned to Dallas, where it appeared he had
    attained "head coach in waiting" status behind Wade Phillips.

    But after a highly disappointing 2008 season in which the Cowboys didn't even
    reach the playoffs, Garrett has fallen out of favor in Dallas. He has had
    interviews in Denver and Detroit but doesn't seem to be nearly in as much
    demand as he was a year ago.

    Devaney interviewed Garrett last year as part of the Atlanta job search, but
    his relationship with Garrett goes much deeper. "He's a Jersey guy," Devaney
    has said.

    Garrett attended Princeton University in New Jersey.

    RAM-BLINGS: San Francisco assistant director of pro personnel Mike Williams
    completed his interview for the Rams' director of pro personnel job, and
    there's a chance he could be hired by the end of the week.


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    Re: Rams have their five finalists

    How about MARSHALL instead .

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    Re: Rams have their five finalists

    I wish they'd stop doing the interviews in Los Angeles. It makes me nervous.
    But I'm hoping for Spagnuolo

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    Re: Rams have their five finalists

    well guys - y'all have an 80% chance of hiring someone decent because four out of those five canddates are good...........the only bad candidate already lives in St. Louis

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    Re: Rams have their five finalists

    Id like to see a defensive person get this job. I cant understand why Haslett and Garrett are close to being finalists....

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    Re: Rams have their five finalists

    Is John Robinson available??

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    Re: Rams have their five finalists

    Quote Originally Posted by Falconator View Post
    well guys - y'all have an 80% chance of hiring someone decent because four out of those five canddates are good...........the only bad candidate already lives in St. Louis
    Living in TX, I think we are down to 60% possible success. That guy that lives up the road from me couldn't coach the best team on paper. What makes you think he can rebuild a champion?
    This space for rent...

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    Re: Rams have their five finalists

    Please for the love of all that is good anybody but Jason Garrett, I'd take Loserhan back before I want him to coach my team. He can't run a Cowboys offense with all that talent yet he's a finalist for a head coaching position? Let's not make a huge mistake here.
    Just Fix It

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