5 candidates LA Rams must consider for vacant DC role

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 29: Head coach Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams looks on from the sidelines in the first half of the game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

Rams defensive backs coach Aubrey Pleasant

The LA Rams have reports out that Coach Sean McVay sent Pleasant to NFL Career development as Rams representative in 2019. In the early hours of the search for a new defensive coordinator, pundits and fans alike are scanning all the reference materials at their disposal to give even the slightest clue as to what the Rams might do for their next DC hire.

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Believe me, sending Aubrey Pleasant to an NFL career development seminar is a strong competitor for one of the least clues out there at the moment.

But Pleasant was a candidate for the Cincinnati Bengals DC job just a year ago.  After interviewing Pleasant, the Bengals then decided to go a different direction. While that allowed the Rams to keep their DB coach on staff, it also created its own set of problems. How long will the Rams keep Pleasant?  If he interviewed for one NFL teams defensive coordinator, how many more interviews will he take?

No, Pleasant did not get the Bengals job. Still, he has a great reputation with his players.  And the Rams have put up stout opposition to the opponents whenever the ball goes up into the air.  And in the meantime, he did put another season of NFL play on his resume.

Now Pleasant’s name is definitely written in ink on any list for future consideration for the next defensive coordinator role with the LA Rams. Despite Pleasant just completing his third season with the LA Rams, and seventh year in his NFL career, he has a great reputation in the league.    His experience seems just a bit shallow to assume total control of the defense. But it is enough to toss his hat into the ring, and once there, anything can happen.