The first major move the Rams made this offseason was the hiring of the “it” coach Jeff Fisher ofTennesseefame. In his time atTennesseeonlyNew England, Philly AND Indy played more playoff games. He didn’t win the big one but did manage to get there. He assembled a crack staff full of familiar faces and coaches with good bloodlines to help guide the Rams back to past glory. His chief assistant will be Dave McInnis who has 27 years of coaching experience including 3.5 as head coach of the Cardinals. He is a respected defensive mind and held the same position coaching with Fisher inTennessee. He is a great administrator and will prove a capable sounding board for Fisher in all facets.
On offense the hirings make it seem Fisher will lean heavily on the run as he has assembled an experienced staff adept at instituting the run. A sound plan when you have Steven Jackson on your team. The OC is the once hot Brian Schottenheimer who hopes to remove some of the tarnish of his rep that accumulated over the last couple years inNew York. He has coordinated strong run offences while with the Jets the last 6 years. He has great bloodlines (father is Marty Schottenheimer) and was the QB coach inSan Diegowith Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, a good sign forBradford. Another good sign for Bradford is that Fisher hired Frank Cignotti Jr. as the QB coach after he served as OC atRutgersand was passed over for the head job. This is significant because last year Spags did not have a QB coach on staff. Ray Sherman, who also worked with Fisher from 05-06, came on as WR coach after holding the same job with the Cowboys. Their big FA guard pick-up of last year Harvey Dahl welcomes his old position coach fromAtlantain Paul Boudreau who worked in St. Louis from 06-07 and has a history of nurturing a tough/physical line.
Fisher hired his friend Gregg Williams away from the Saints to institute his brand of opportunistic defence. He has 23 years of coaching experience and as a head coach and coordinator he has had 7 top ten finishes in 15 years in overall defences. He topped out at number one in 2000 with Fisher and the Titans. His DB coach is another ex=Titan coach Chuck Cecil who made free agent Cortland Finnegan a top corner but most people remember him as the coach who “flipped the bird.” Taking over the D-line with the two bookends Long and Quinn is Mike Waufle. He is a very underrated hire and will do great things with the line. He comes over from the Raiders but more importantly was the DL coach of the Giants in their first SB victory over the Patriots. Also coming from the Raiders to coach special teams is Jim Fassel’s son John.
Since most believe Fisher will have final say on the roster I include the hiring of GM Les Snead from the Falcons where he was director of player personnel. He is considered to be more of a draft expert which will fit in well with Fisher as it will allow him to look more at NFL players, particularly in free agency.
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Written by Aaron Worden