Once again, when it comes to hiring a new coach or signing a player, St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is playing the waiting game. It has almost been two weeks since Brian Schottenheimer left for Georgia, and the Rams have yet to hire an offensive coordinator.
Unfortunately for the Rams, they weren’t the only team looking for an offensive coordinator this offseason. With more than half a dozen teams looking to fill the position, the hunt has been pretty competitive.
As of now the teams who have already made hires are the Atlanta Falcons who hired Kyle Shanahan, the Baltimore Ravens who hired Marc Trestman, the New York Jets have hired Chan Gailey, Greg Roman went the Buffalo Bills, and to wrap things up, Jacksonville Jaguars hired Greg Olson.
With five teams already finding their suitor, The Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and San Francisco 49ers are all still looking to fill holes.
The pool of coaches is dwindling, and with that the top candidates are being hired. The Rams were interested in Shanahan, but the Falcons hired him, and Fisher was just denied interviews with Rob Chudzinksi and Alex Van Pelt.
The Cleveland Browns have reached out to former Rams coach Mike Martz and current QB coach Frank Cignetti, and the 49ers have looked at Gase as well as Lane Kiffin.
The Rams have waited two weeks to make a hire, and still have yet to make much progress or interview somebody for that matter.
The top option on the offensive coordinator market right now is former Broncos coordinator Adam Gase, however he is set to meet with former Broncos head coach and current Bears coach, John Fox, in Chicago.
The Rams have reached out to Gase twice, but have yet to speak with him. If for some reason Gase doesn’t reunite with Fox, then the Rams could have a chance, but its looking more and more like the Rams are going to miss out on yet another candidate.
The offense in St. Louis has been a major problem and set back of the team over the last three years ranking 28th, 30th, and 23rd. With the offensive coordinator pool dwindling, things dont seem to be headed in the right direction for 2015.
It’s looking more and more like the Rams will be going in house unless they can get a guy like Gase, and with guys like Shanahan and Gase who were on the market, for the Rams to miss out on them would be truly disappointing.
While the Rams haven’t officially missed out on a top offensive coordinator yet, they better move fast or they just might be left in the dust.