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    Rams' list of potential new coaches headed by Croom

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Friday, Jan. 30 2009
    For nearly two weeks since he was hired as Rams head coach, Steve Spagnuolo has
    been grinding away at the task of putting together his staff.

    He's getting close to the goal line. Although there has been no official
    announcement or confirmation, the Rams are set to hire former Mississippi State
    head coach Sylvester Croom, according to league sources. It's believed that
    Croom, 54, will coach running backs in St. Louis.

    The club also is ready to hire Rock Gullickson as strength and conditioning
    coach, and Matt House to an undetermined position, according to league sources.
    In addition, Brendan Daly is joining Spagnuolo's staff as the Rams' new
    defensive line coach, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    Gullickson, 53, was strength coach for the Green Bay Packers the past three
    seasons, and had the same position with the New Orleans Saints from 2000 to
    2005.

    House, 30, was a special teams assistant as well as assistant strength and
    conditioning coach for Carolina last season his first year in the NFL. He
    worked with new Rams defensive coordinator Ken Flajole last season with the
    Panthers.

    Daly, 33, was a defensive assistant-defensive line coach for Minnesota in 2008,
    joining the Vikings' staff in '06. He joins another former Vikings assistant,
    Paul Ferraro, on Spagnoulo's staff.

    But the "name" hire among this latest batch of Rams assistants clearly is
    Croom. Prior to his five-year tenure as head coach at Mississippi State, Croom
    spent 17 seasons coaching in the NFL.

    Thirteen of those 17 seasons were as a running backs coach with Tampa Bay,
    Indianapolis, San Diego, and Green Bay. Croom coached in the Super Bowl 14
    years ago on the San Diego Chargers' staff. The other four seasons were spent
    as offensive coordinator for Bobby Ross and the Detroit Lions, from 1997 to
    2000.

    Croom became the first African-American head coach ever in Southeastern
    Conference football when hired by Mississippi State in 2004. In 2007, he was
    named SEC coach of the year after the Bulldogs won eight games including a
    Liberty Bowl triumph. But following a season-ending loss to rival Mississippi
    in '08, Croom resigned. His five-year record at Mississippi State was 21-38.

    He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Alabama, spending all but one
    of 11 seasons there coaching linebackers. Among the linebackers he coached with
    the Crimson Tide were future NFL stars Cornelius Bennett and Derrick Thomas. As
    a player, Croom was a center for Paul "Bear" Bryant's 1973 national
    championship squad.

    Gullickson was named the NFL's strength and conditioning coach of the year in
    2007, but was fired after the '08 season as part of an extensive staff shake-up
    by Mike McCarthy following a 6-10 Packers finish. McCarthy said it was one of
    the toughest moves he has had to make.

    "It was about making progress," McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
    "It's important for everybody that is part of our program to make sure there is
    growth and improvement, and I did not see that."


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    Re: Rams' list of potential new coaches headed by Croom

    The club also is ready to hire Rock Gullickson as strength and conditioning
    coach
    Nobody is going to throw a parade over this hire, but IMO, it is a significant one. Gullickson (NFL's 2007 Strength Coach of the Year) is known for running a tight ship in the weight room and not standing for slackers and knuckleheads. If you read the Packer's boards, most are pretty surprised that he was let go.
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Rams' list of potential new coaches headed by Croom

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith View Post
    By Jim Thomas
    ...The other four seasons were spent as offensive coordinator for Bobby Ross and the Detroit Lions, from 1997 to 2000.
    I was getting pretty stoked about Croom until I got to this part of his resume.
    That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!!

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    Re: Rams' list of potential new coaches headed by Croom

    Hey Croom will make a fine position coach, he was one in the past. A hc is not his strength but believe you me sjax and company will be ready come gametime

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    Re: Rams' list of potential new coaches headed by Croom

    Although Croom probably won't have a say in draft picks, I wonder if would attempt to make a case for Michael Oher as a possible trade down draft pick,

    I also wonder if he would push for any other players from any other SEC schools.

    I like the choice, I'm feeling pretty good about our progress so far.

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    Re: Rams' list of potential new coaches headed by Croom

    Croom is also a class act, looks like we are going to continue to get high-character guys.
    I am very happy with how we are going about this. Seems like Spags is ready to settle down and build his team for years to come.

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    Re: Rams' list of potential new coaches headed by Croom

    I like the D-line coach hire. The Vikings d-line was one of the most interesting things about hiring Frazier. Bringing this guy on board will really help out the young guys. Croom has proved he is a good RB coach he real doesn't have to do alot more than that so that should be good for him.

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    Re: Rams' list of potential new coaches headed by Croom

    Ya just gotta love a strength and conditioning coach with the name "Rock". Let's hope that he can make the Rams "Rock" hard and tough.

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    Re: Rams' list of potential new coaches headed by Croom

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMarkable View Post
    Ya just gotta love a strength and conditioning coach with the name "Rock". Let's hope that he can make the Rams "Rock" hard and tough.
    I will agree that the name "Rock" certainly puts out a different kind of vibe than the name "Dana"

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