The Rams will begin their hunt for a new head coach on Friday, and the club’s decision-makers prefer to hire a coach with experience on the offensive side of the ball, a source tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. However, Los Angeles isn’t completely against hiring a coach with a defensive background.
Following the Rams’ firing of Jeff Fisher, PFR’s Zach Links examined the top potential candidates for the Los Angeles job, and several offensive coaches made the list. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels — who has indicated that he’s interested in pursuing a head coaching position again — is sure to be linked to the vacancy, and fits the club’s criteria given his experience with Tom Brady and the rest of the New England offense. Stanford head coach David Shaw, Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan, Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter, and Redskins OC Sean McVay are among the other possible suitors for the Rams opening that have coached offense.
The Rams’ “wide-ranging” search is expected to begin on Friday, per Florio, while Los Angeles COO Kevin Demoff said earlier this week that the club would like to have a new hire in place by mid-January.
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