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    Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    By Bernie Miklasz
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Wednesday, Nov. 23 2005

    The Rams' 2005 season is slipping away, but a surprisingly hopeful future is
    within easy reach if the organization makes the right moves.

    First of all, let's clear something up before we move on: team president John
    Shaw will be back next season. Shaw won't be fired, and he isn't quitting, and
    team owner Georgia Frontiere isn't selling the team to partner Stan Kroenke.

    While frustration with the current state of affairs at Rams Park is certainly
    understandable - I've done plenty of venting - the reality is what it is. Fans
    and media personalities can demand Shaw's ouster, or plead with him to go away,
    but it ain't going to happen.

    Shaw will continue in his role as the point man for ownership.

    Shaw can be an effective leader, just as he proved after the 1998 season when
    he nudged Dick Vermeil into making a series of changes that transformed a loser
    into a Super Bowl champion.

    Now Shaw must do it again.

    Some key questions:

    What will Shaw do with his longtime associate, Jay Zygmunt, the team's
    president of football operations? Shaw may not have to do anything.
    Zygmunt has sent signals that he'll withdraw from personnel involvement. If
    Zygmunt remains he'd likely concentrate on salary-cap and contract matters and
    make himself available to a new head coach in other areas where assistance is
    requested.

    Will there be a new head coach? Absolutely. The working
    relationship, and the friendship, between Shaw and Mike Martz has run its
    course. Both men are exhausted by the melodrama. Martz will be moving on, one
    way or another.

    Who will be the new head coach? Hold on; we'll explore that in a
    minute.

    Will there be a new power structure? Under Shaw, we can expect a revamping of
    the personnel department - in both pro scouting and college scouting. It's long
    overdue, because the Rams have wasted too many premium picks on duds. And the
    pro personnel judgments have been a disaster; the $25 million invested in
    free-agent linebackers Chris Claiborne and Dexter Coakley; and the failure to
    sign a top safety are the latest and most glaring examples of incompetence.

    And the new head coach obviously must be able to play a major role in shaping a
    new system for evaluating players. No respected coaching candidate will take
    the STL job unless he's compatible with those assigned to oversee personnel.

    OK, so who's the new coach?

    Shaw will have a long list to choose from.

    The Rams have terrific pieces on offense, and would benefit by bringing in a
    head coach with a strong defensive background to assess potential defensive
    players and make sure they're coached properly. If this defense is fixed
    quickly, the Rams can rebound immediately.

    But the hunt won't be limited to defensive leaders. A hard- nosed coach who
    believes in a physical running game - without being one-dimensional - has
    appeal. There's no need to junk the passing game. Just balance the run-pass
    ratio.

    Here are our (mostly) REALISTIC candidates. We're eliminating flight-of-fantasy
    names such as Jimmy Johnson. And we won't include golden oldies such as Mike
    Ditka, who have no shot at this gig.

    Drum roll . . .

    Jeff Fisher: Tennessee's head coach has a year left on his contract,
    but if he's fired, or can get out of his deal, his toughness and comfortable
    history with Shaw (as a Rams assistant) makes for a solid fit.

    Kirk Ferentz: The Iowa coach has demonstrated first-rate leadership
    skills at the college level, and he served a valuable NFL apprenticeship as an
    assistant to Bill Belichick.

    Gregg Williams: He was Fisher's top aide at Tennessee, flunked in
    his first head-coaching gig at Buffalo, and was recruited by Joe Gibbs to run
    the Washington Redskins' defense. Williams has said he learned a lot from his
    mistakes and is ready for another head-coaching opportunity.

    Jerry Gray: Buffalo's respected defensive coordinator was a longtime
    Rams defensive back, so there's a natural connection.

    Donnie Henderson: The New York Jets' fiery defensive coordinator has
    built a good reputation with the NFL.

    Pat Hill: The Fresno State head coach does a great job, and he also
    served on a Belichick staff in the NFL. One potential issue: He's buddies with
    Martz.

    Jim Schwartz: Not a big name - but possibly the brightest young
    defensive mind to emerge in the NFL in awhile. He was trained by Fisher and is
    the Titans' defensive coordinator.

    Pete Carroll: A number of NFL teams will pursue USC's coach, but he
    had a bad experience interviewing with Shaw and the Rams before Vermeil got the
    job in 1997.

    Ken Whisenhunt: The Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator has
    earned kudos for devising a punishing rushing attack. And quarterback Ben
    Roethlisberger developed quickly.

    Ron Rivera: Chicago's defensive coordinator is generating positive
    buzz in NFL circles. He'd certainly make the Rams more physical.

    Jeff Tedford: The California head coach runs a dazzling offense but
    has no NFL experience.

    Mike Shula: Alabama's head coach was an assistant for Tampa Bay and
    has the bloodlines.

    Ralph Friedgen: Maryland's head coach was offensive coordinator for
    Bobby Ross for the 1994 AFC Champion San Diego Chargers.

    Brian Billick: If the Ravens' head coach is fired, the Rams could do
    worse. He's been a stable leader in Baltimore, and won a Super Bowl.

    Scott Lenihan: The Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator; had the
    same job with the Minnesota Vikings and did well.

    Or how about Dick Vermeil II?

    RamBill


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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    Ralph Friedgen: Maryland's head coach was offensive coordinator for
    Bobby Ross for the 1994 AFC Champion San Diego Chargers.
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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    Mike Martz will coach us for at least one more year.

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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    shaw will bring in the DC from indy, ron meeks, the same guy who was our secondary coach four years ago...

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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    I want Dick Butkus as DC
    My heart beats crazy and my blood runs wild

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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    Quote Originally Posted by chris_johnson
    Mike Martz will coach us for at least one more year.
    ha ha thank you so much, I needed a good laugh. LOL

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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    I would love Vermeil II but we would still need a good DC

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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    STLRAMSFAN of course.

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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    Steve Mariucci Is Reportedly About To Get The Boot In Detriot. I Think He Would Be A Nice Fit For The Rams, If Mike Martz Can't Come Back.
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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    If Martz is done I I hope he's not. I like

    Fisher
    Billick
    Mariccci

    in that order. I hope Martz stay with a new D coord.

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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    my top two candidates are greg williams and jerry gray (in that order ) they both have built strong defenses in the past.

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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    Out of that bunch I would love Fisher to coach the Rams!!!

    I also like Al sanders!!!


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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    Al Saunders or Cam Cameron are the front runners. I would love to see them get Bilick. I like the guy and just think what he do for with out Offense.
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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    Sorry, early in the morning. Just think about what he could do with our Offense.

    Ram Nation needs a W tomorrow!
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    Re: Who'll coach Rams in 2006?

    Looking at the potential coaches only three would work for me....

    Martz coming back (he would be the best choice)
    Fisher (he will not leave or get fired)
    Williams (has the ability of making a bad D play well together)

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