LA Rams to hire well-traveled Jake Peetz to coaching staff

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The LA Rams are not taking their time in reloading their coaching staff. Truth be told, the names of new hires are surfacing long before the role they will fill with the team is aptly identified. That has been the case with the reported hire of Coach Greg Olson and now holds true for the reported hiring of Coach Jake Peetz. Peetz has a long and storied coaching career and worked with McVay in 2014 with Washington.

As news broke, there were many connections re: Peetz’s more recent assignments. Former LSU offensive coordinator? He was. Former UCLA assistant? He was. He’s had a background with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington, Oakland Raiders, and even the Carolina Panthers. He has been involved in both scouting and in coaching.  Now he will begin a new chapter with the LA Rams offense.

Now, what role will he fill with the LA Rams? Now that is where things become a bit convoluted.

So what will he do for the Rams?

Peetz can do almost anything

Peetz is a curious hire, in that he could help unburden some of the work from RB Coach Thomas Brown to allow Brown to become more involved in the passing aspects of the offense. He also has a background of working with quarterbacks, and the Rams’ loss of Kevin O’Connell creates a void in that area as well. Peetz could simply be an offensive trouble-shooter, a coach who can pivot and help to address aspects of the team that suffer injuries or are not producing as expected.

The team has been very successful over the years. But more and more, the team’s offense hits a hiccup and must work through the entanglements of defenses becoming more and more adept at neutralizing what the Rams want to do when they have the football.

Meanwhile, the Rams coaching staff has been picked clean by other teams in the offseason. So the team is reforging a new offensive brain trust, and recent hires suggest more reasons for optimism.

After the LA Rams seemed to lose quite a few familiar faces from the coaching staff one year ago, only to come back stronger than ever, it’s clear that the Rams know their way around finding, developing, and unleashing the best and brightest coaches in the NFL. Historically, the Rams will make one sweeping announcement about all of the coaching hires. Until then, we are more than happy to let you know who is coming aboard, and what to make of it.

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