Rams take coaching show to LA
By Jim Thomas
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Monday, Jan. 16 2006
The final phase of the Rams' coaching search apparently began Monday in Los
Angeles with a second interview for Miami offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
According to league sources, Linehan was on a plane Monday to meet with Rams
president John Shaw and president of football operations Jay Zygmunt in LA.
After holding a series of interviews in St. Louis last week, the second round
of interviews for the finalists apparently will be held on the West Coast.
San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and Chicago Bears
defensive coordinator Ron Rivera also are scheduled to get second interviews.
Barring a last-second hitch, the next head coach of the Rams should be named by
the end of this week.
With the Bears' elimination from the playoffs Sunday against the Carolina
Panthers, Rivera became free to interview with any team. He huddled with an
advisor Monday to prepare for his second interview with the Rams. Rivera isn't
expected to meet with Shaw and Zygmunt until Wednesday or Thursday.
Another team could be in the running for Rivera because Buffalo has expressed
interest in talking to him about its head-coaching position, which opened with
the resignation of Mike Mularkey.
Among the seven candidates who met with Shaw and Zygmunt, Linehan, 42, was the
frontrunner after the first round of interviews, with Rivera, 44, running
second. Cameron, 44, is a surprise candidate. He wasn't even mentioned until
late in the process. For several weeks, Shaw denied that Cameron was a
Meanwhile, reports in New Orleans are that Dallas assistant head coach Sean
Payton is the favorite to replace ousted Jim Haslett, with Cleveland offensive
coordinator Maurice Carthon a close second. Former Rams head coach Mike Martz
interviewed for the Saints' job on Friday and Saturday.
In New York, the Associated Press is reporting that New England defensive
coordinator Eric Mangini has accepted the Jets head-coaching job. Rams interim
head coach Joe Vitt interviewed with the Jets last week.
Re: Rams take coaching show to LA (LONG)
Well, if Shaw does go with Linehan, here are a few guys that I wouldn't mind bringing in as the new DC. You may not of heard of them but I was impressed with their accomplishments.
11th NFL Season,
9th with Chargers
One of the longest tenured coaches in team history, Wayne Nunnely has done an outstanding job with the Chargers' defensive line.
The 2004 season was no exception as Nunnely's charges anchored a defense that ranked third in the NFL against the run and allowed only 81.7 yards per game. It was the third-lowest figure in team history. The Bolts held their opponents to just 3.7 yards per carry in '04, sixth-lowest in the league.
Nunnely has been a coach with the Chargers for nine consecutive years, dating back to 1997. He and Dave Levy (1980-88) have the fourth-longest consecutive run as assistant coaches in team history. Earnel Darden has the longest run, coaching for 13 straight years from 1974-1986.
Nunnely is also tied as the fifth-longest tenured coach in team history with Levy and Ernie Zampese, who coached in San Diego for nine years in 1976 and from 1979-1986. Darden is the longest tenured coach in team history with his 13 seasons.
During Nunnely's nine seasons in San Diego, the Chargers have featured five of the top ten rushing defenses in team history. That includes 1998, when the defense allowed only 71.3 yards per game, tops in the NFL and the lowest in team history.
During the same time period, San Diego's defense has recorded four of the five lowest average yards per carry against averages in team history. In 1998, the defense led the NFL and set a team record by holding its opponents to just 2.7 yards per carry. It was the lowest average allowed by any team in the league since 1951.
The Bolts also led the league in yards per carry against their defense in 1999 (3.1) and 2001 (3.3). They ranked second in the NFL in 2000 (3.0)
Nunnely spent two seasons (1995-96) as the New Orleans Saints defensive line coach. Both years, New Orleans' defense ranked in the top five in the NFL in sacks. Nunnely worked at the Saints training camp in 1994 as part of the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship program.
Nunnely spent nearly 20 years as an assistant coach, head coach and administrator on the college level. From 1993-94, he was the defensive line coach at UCLA where he helped the Bruins to a Pac-10 championship and the Rose Bowl in 1993. He also spent two seasons (1991-92) as the running backs coach at USC.
Nunnely's first job as a coach was at Valley High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1975. He began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, in 1976. His initial full-time job came at Cal Poly-Pomona, where he coached the running backs in 1977 and the defensive line in 1978. Nunnely moved to Cal State-Fullerton for one season (1979), where he coached the defensive line. He then went on to the University of the Pacific (1980-81), coaching running backs, before returning to UNLV (1982-85), where he served as running backs coach and helped the Rebels win their first PCAA and California Bowl championship in 1984.
In 1986, Nunnely was named head coach at UNLV, a post he manned for four seasons. At the time of his appointment, he was the first African-American head coach on the West Coast and only the fifth in NCAA Division 1-A history. In 1988, he and Cleve Bryant of Ohio University became the first African-American head coaches in NCAA Division 1-A history to coach against one other, with Nunnely's UNLV squad coming out on top, 26-18. In 1990, Nunnely served in the administration at UNLV as the Director of Minority Student Affairs. While in Las Vegas, the school's faculty named him Most Outstanding Male Physical Educator.
Nunnely played fullback and lettered in track at UNLV for two seasons (1972-73). He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education.
Nunnely was born March 29, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. He played football, basketball and track at Monrovia High School in Monrovia, California. Wayne and his wife, Velda, live in San Diego. He has four children, sons, Channing, Aaron and Steven, and daughter, Amber.
Wayne Nunnely's Coaching Experience
1997-2005 - Defensive Line, San Diego Chargers
1995-96 - Defensive Line, New Orleans Saints
1993-94 - Defensive Line, University of California-Los Angeles
1991-92 - Running Backs, University of Southern California
1986-89 - Head Coach, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
1982-85 - Running Backs, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
1980-81 - Running Backs, University of the Pacific
1979 - Defensive Line, Cal-State Fullerton
1978 - Defensive Line, Cal-Poly Pomona
1977 - Running Backs, Cal-Poly Pomona
1976 - Graduate Assistant, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
1975 - Assistant Coach, Valley High School, Las Vegas
Rod Marinelli returns for his 10th season as Tampa Bay’s assistant head coach/defensive line coach. One of the game’s most innovative instructors on the finer points of technique, leverage and balance, Marinelli has been the premier defensive line coach in the NFL for nearly a decade. The Buccaneers defensive line has consistently been one of the most respected units in the NFL as perennial All-Pros, DT Warren Sapp and DE Simeon Rice, became two of the most dominating pass rushers in the modern era under Marinelli.
Marinelli, who has coached on the collegiate and pro level for the last 29 seasons, has directed one of the most productive defensive lines in the NFL. Tampa Bay has racked up 236 sacks over the last six NFL seasons (1999-2004) and Marinelli’s unit helped set an NFL record as the Buccaneers defense posted a sack in 69 consecutive games from 1999-2003. During Marinelli’s nine-year tenure in Tampa Bay, a Buccaneer defensive lineman has ranked in the top 15 in sacks in the NFL on seven occasions and in the top 10 five times.
Marinelli’s line was again up to the task last season, pacing a defense that finished fifth in the NFL in total defense and first in pass defense. The Buccaneers 2004 season sack total of 45 ranked tied for second in the NFL and was the second highest total in team history behind the 55 sacks recorded by the Buccaneers defense in 2000. Most impressively, the Buccaneers led the NFL in sacks per pass play, recording one sack every 10.7 pass plays in 2004. The dominance of Marinelli’s defensive line is illustrated by the fact that the top six sack totals in Buccaneers history have all occurred during his tenure.
In Marinelli’s nine years on the job, the Buccaneers have recorded 380 sacks, with 303.5 coming courtesy of his defensive line. The following is a breakdown of total sacks and sacks by the defensive line the past nine seasons.
The 303.5 sacks registered by Marinelli’s line rank first in the NFL among all defensive lines the past nine seasons (1996-2004). Additionally, the Bucs defensive front four have ranked in the top five in the NFL in sacks in six of the nine seasons under Marinelli.
In 1998, Marinelli’s unit collected 37 sacks and ranked eighth in the league against the run. In 1997, Tampa Bay’s defensive line racked up a club single-season record 44 sacks. That season, Sapp emerged as a bonafide star as the Buccaneers made their first playoff appearance in 15 years.
A veteran of 20 seasons as a college assistant coach, Marinelli came to Tampa Bay after spending the 1995 season as the defensive line coach at Southern Cal under John Robinson. From 1992-94, Marinelli was the assistant head coach/defensive line coach for head coach Bruce Snyder at Arizona State. In 1993, three of his starting linemen earned All-Pac- 10 honors. Shante Carver was an All-America pick and was also a finalist for the Outland and Lombardi trophies before being selected in the first round of the draft by the Dallas Cowboys.
From 1983-1991, Marinelli coached the defensive line at California, adding assistant head coach to his title for his final two Golden Bear seasons. Snyder became the school’s head coach in 1987 and retained Marinelli. While at California, Marinelli coached several future NFLers including Ahanotu, Rhett Hall and Natu Tuatagaloa.
Marinelli’s first coaching job came in 1976 from Snyder, who was then the head coach at Utah State. From 1976-81, Marinelli oversaw the Aggies’ defensive line before becoming USU’s offensive line/special teams coach for the 1982 campaign. In six seasons as the defensive line coach for Utah State, three of his players (Rulon Jones, Mike Perko, Shawn Miller) won conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. Marinelli began his coaching career at his alma mater, Rosemead High School in San Gabriel Valley, California, from 1973-75.
Clarence Brooks brings 3 decades of coaching experience on both the NFL and collegiate levels, including a combined 12 years with Miami, Cleveland and Chicago as defensive line coach. At Miami, Brooks coached a D-line that recorded at least 44 sacks 3 times and averaged nearly 3 sacks per game over a 4-year span (2000-03). Brooks takes over for Rex Ryan, who was promoted to Ravens defensive coordinator.
Overview: Under Brooks as Miami's DL coach, the defense recorded at least 44 sacks 3 times and averaged nearly 3 sacks a game over a 4-year span...The Dolphins have also finished in the top 5 in run defense 2 years straight (2002-03) and allowed an average of only 90.8 yards per game in 2003...With Arizona, Brooks had a hand in "Desert Swarm" -the Wildcats' defense (1990-91).
2000-04: (with Miami) 2004: Dolphins recorded 36 sacks, including 28 by the DL...Jason Taylor led team with 9.5 sacks and earned his 3rd Pro Bowl selection...With the DL pressure up front, the Dolphins ranked 2nd in the NFL's passing yards per game (162 yards) and tied for 2nd in the NFL in points allowed per game...Miami also executed the 2nd-most 3-and-out series (58) in the league. 2003: Adewale Ogunleye led the AFC with 15 sacks, and combined with Jason Taylor's 13 (2nd in the AFC), Miami had the top sack tandem in the NFL...Ogunleye was named as a starter for the Pro Bowl, the 4th different Dolphins lineman to earn this honor under Brooks...The defense allowed a run average of only 90.8 yards per game. 2002: Miami was 2nd in the AFC and tied for 4th in the NFL with 47 sacks, the 3rd-highest total in club history...DLs accounted for 41.5 of the total, including 18.5 by Taylor and 9.5 by Ogunleye, making them the most productive sack tandem in the NFL...Taylor's total led the league and tied a franchise single-season record...He was named a starter to the AFC Pro Bowl squad...The Dolphins tied for 5th in the NFL in run defense (97.1 yards per game), due in large part to the tackle tandem of Tim Bowens and Larry Chester. 2000: DEs Trace Armstrong and Taylor combined for 31 sacks, ranking them as the most productive sack tandem in Dolphins history and the top duo in the NFL...Armstrong's 16.5 sacks led the AFC and were tied for 2nd in the NFL, while Taylor's total of 14.5 was 2nd in the conference and 5th in the league. Both were named as starters to the AFC Pro Bowl squad, the 1st time that teammates have been chosen to start at DE in the Pro Bowl since the 1992 season (1993 Pro Bowl) when Philadelphia's Reggie White and Clyde Simmons were picked.
1999: (with Cleveland) Defensive line coach.
1993-98: (with Chicago) The team averaged 34.2 sacks per year. 1995: Ranked 5th against the pass in rushing yards (90.1 per game). 1993: Ranked 4th in the NFL in total yards allowed (290.8 yards per game) and 3rd in passing yards (176.1 per game). 1994: Ranked 5th in the league in passing yards.
1990-92: (with University of Arizona) DL coach, where he worked with Ravens DBs coach Johnnie Lynn, and was instrumental in their "Desert Swarm" defense (1990-91).
1981-89: (with Syracuse) Tutored OLBs for the 1st 6 years...Named DL coach for final 3 seasons...During the summer of 1989, Brooks worked in the Dallas Cowboys' training camp as part of the team's minority coaching fellowship program.
1976-80: (with Massachusetts) 1st full-time coaching post came in 1976, overseeing the DEs.
Personal: Was an offensive guard at the University of Massachusetts from 1970-72, and the team captain in his final season...Earned All-Conference and All-East honors on the offensive line...Has a bachelor's degree in sociology.
Coaching Background: 1976-80 (Massachusetts); 1981-89 (Syracuse); 1990-92 (Arizona); 1993-98 (Chicago Bears); 1999 (Cleveland Browns); 2000-04 (Miami Dolphins); 2005 (Baltimore Ravens)[/COLOR]
Larry Brooks enters his second season coaching Detroit’s defensive lineman. The Lions’ defensive line flourished in their first season under Brook’s tutelage, nearly doubling their sack output from 17.5 sacks in 2003 to 30.5 sacks in 2004. He also helped DT Shaun Rogers earn his first career Pro Bowl invitation and DE James Hall set a career high with 11.5 sacks.
Before joining the Lions coaching staff, Brooks served as the defensive line coach for the Chicago Bears in 2003, where he worked under Lions Interim Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Dick Jauron. Previous to his stint in Chicago, Brooks spent nine years coaching under Mike Holmgren with the Green Bay Packers (1994-98) and then with the Seattle Seahawks (1999-02). While in Green Bay, he coached on the same staff with Jauron and tutored future Hall of Famer Reggie White. Brooks earned a Super Bowl ring with the Packers in 1996.
After taking a year away from football in 1991, Brooks returned to his alma mater Virginia State as an assistant coach and assistant athletic director. His first job came as an assistant defensive line coach with the Los Angeles Rams, the team he played with for his entire career, from 1983-90. In 1985 Brooks served on the Rams’ coaching staff as the team’s quality control coach.
From 1972-82, Brooks was a standout defensive tackle for the Rams as he was named to the Pro Bowl for five consecutive seasons (1976-80) and was an All-Pro selection in 1977, 1978 and 1979. Drafted in the 14th round (355th overall) by the Rams in 1972, he played an integral role in the Rams’ seven consecutive NFC West division championships (1973-79), played in four NFC Championship games (1974, 1975, 1976, 1979) and one Super Bowl (1980).
Brooks, a Prince George, Va., native, was named to the Associated Press Little All-American team while playing for Virginia State and was inducted into the Virginia Hall of Fame in 2000. He and his wife, Colleen, have a son, Larry, Jr.
You may have noticed that they are all D-line coaches. The front four needs to be the strongest part of any good defense.
Re: Rams take coaching show to LA (LONG)
Sorry but would you want to summarize that Ramman?