5 LA Rams coaches who may not be back in 2022
Wide receiver coach
It’s about time that LA Rams Wide Receiver Coach Eric Yarber finally is getting his time in the spotlight. This man has been nothing but excellence and a wellspring of positivity to the LA Rams receivers, and that positivity has spread throughout the organization.
While most wide receiver positional coaches coach up their receivers to be their best possible version of receiver, Eric Yarber does not stop there. He coaches up the LA Rams receivers to be their best possible version of football players. He does not limit his mentorship to catching passes. He instructs his players in running precision pass routes, showing sticky hands to help out the quarterback, and even the lost art of blocking among wide receivers.
How do you like Coach Yarber now?
All too few positional coaches can infuse healthy competition into a receiver room, over who blocks the best. But Yarber has managed to do so with the Rams receivers. The friendly rivalry that has grown from mutual respect into a true friendship between Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp is not common in the NFL. But it is the basis of the Rams’ success, because neither player is selfish, and willingly sacrifices his own statistical production to help his teammate, and his team.
That’s the Yarber mindset. He is that person who will stop and listen to the needs or concerns of a player. It’s not a job, it’s a passion to help develop and mentor players. And it’s the stuff that forges life-long friendships.
The only detractor on Yarber so far has been the cliche ‘always a bridesmaid and never a bride’ to describe the fact that his receivers have been consistently good, but not elite, among NFL circles. Well, the record-setting pace of Cooper Kupp this season has raised some eyebrows and placed Eric Yarber on the NFL shortlist of new and larger roles in the NFL. He has meant the world to the Rams organization. But he could be lured away because, quite frankly, he’s just that good.