The LA Rams have not made any official announcement just yet, but having lost what appears to be a half-dozen or more positional coaches to the call of building a winning culture as a transplanted coach on a new team, isn’t it about time that we talk about who is inbound? Well, it’s the start of a new week, so why not, right?
Springer (Jeremy, not Jerry) was the Special Teams Coordinator for Marshall and was about to assume the same role for Ole Miss for their head coach Lane Kiffin. But he interviewed and landed the job with the defending Super Bowl Champion LA Rams.
He will now join ST Coordinator Joe DeCamillis in an attempt to further improve the LA Rams special teams unit.
The Rams had made significant progress with their placekicking duties in 2021. And after designating WR Brandon Powell as returning both punts and kickoffs for the team, the return teams seemed to improve dramatically.
From LB to ST coach
Springer was a linebacker for the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from 2007-11 and was brought back by their Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Banks as his apprentice. That was a wise choice because he was hired on as the Arizona Wildcats Special Teams Coordinator in 2018. From there, he headed up special teams for Marshall. Now, he will assist Joe DeCamillis in heading up Special Teams for the Rams.
Jeremy Springer is an extremely passionate, high-energy coach who is extremely focused on delivering the best special teams’ play on the football field.
When asked how important was special teams to Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin?
"“A 10-plus. The reason we were successful at A&M is that we put such a high importance on it. Jeff Banks and him built a culture there. The culture was playing special teams with an excellence, to a standard. That’s what we’re trying to build here.” – per Jeremy Springer as per interview by Arizona Daily Star Justin Spears"
That same standard applies to what the Rams are trying to do.
How important can the play of special teams be to a team’s success? Ponder this for a moment. Since activating Bradon Power to return duties on special teams, the LA Rams went 9-1, including the playoffs and Super Bowl LVI. That one loss? A three-point loss in overtime to the San Francisco 49ers.
In a game of inches, improvements anywhere on the team matter.