5 reasons why LA Rams struggle to fill open coaching positions

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The LA Rams have multiple position coaching positions vacated this off-season. Here are five reasons why the team is struggling to fill those open positions

Since the LA Rams entered January 2020, the team has experienced a lot of changes, and have not begun to work on reshaping the team’s roster going forward. Each NFL season, head coaches are fired and new coaches are hired. That’s nothing new, as it’s become an annual ritual which has even earned it’s own designation “coaching carousel”.   Coaches who failed with one team are often given the keys to run a new team.  Does that make sense? Well, for the hiring teams, they believe “this time with be different”.   And in some ways, it may be.

Former Green Bay Packers head coach  Mike McCarthy enjoyed a one year sabbatical from the NFL before signing on as the new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.  That was significant to the LA Rams and Rams fans, because in the aftermath, McCarthy helped himself to the coaches from the Rams staff.   In less than a month, he’s hired Special Teams coordinator John Fassel, Assistant special teams coordinator Matt Daniels, and Running back coach Skip Peete.

The New England Patriots got into the act, and hired Rams senior offensive assistant Jedd Fisch.

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So far, the LA Rams have only been linked to one position coach, University of Texas running back coach Stan Drayton.  Drayton has since stated his intentions to return to Texas, which means the Rams are still in the hunt for a running back coach. And a special team coordinator. And an assistant special teams coordinator. And a senior offensive assistant.  While we’re at it, add a coach for quarterbacks, player development, and a host of other coaching roles which the team does not seem to be addressing.

Well, the LA Rams are an excellent football team with a trajectory which places them within reach of a Super Bowl victory, and a brand new $5 billion stadium opening in 2020.  What is the delay in hiring needed coaches to the staff?  There is likely a good explanation for the lack of progress.  Let’s examine five likely reasons: