Rich Eisen talks NFL HC search and LA Rams candidates

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While the LA Rams have settled their own head coach quandary with the enthusiastic return of Head Coach Sean McVay, the team still has a number of irons in the fire in terms of head coach interviews. And then the true challenge begins as those newly hired head coaches turn to hire their own coordinators and positional coaches for the new 2023 NFL season.

The most likely member of the LA Rams coaching staff to become a new NFL head coach in 2023 is DC Raheem Morris, who is currently in the running for the head coach job with both the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos.  But he is not the only member of the Rams coaching staff pursuing promotions with other NFL teams.

Right now, the LA Rams are at risk of losing TE/RB Coach Thomas Brown, Sr. Offensive Assistant Greg Olson, QB Coach Zac Robinson, and DL Coach/Run Game Coordinator Eric Henderson. That’s cutting the Rams coaching staff pretty deeply, particularly in light of the fact that the Rams had already parted ways with a half-dozen or so positional coaches before this round of interviews.

Raheem Morris to the Colts, or Broncos?

The Indianapolis Colts are conducting one of the more extensive searches in the NFL for their head coach, but unlike some of the early rumors, do not believe that interim coach Jeff Saturday is a lock for that position. In fact, per NFL Insider Tom Pelissero, Saturday is just one of several candidates who has made it to Round 2.

The Indianapolis Colts are not going to find anyone who checks all the boxes. But they love the leadership and relatability of Jeff Saturday to the players. Well, Raheem Morris delivers all of that and a host of solid NFL coaching experiences that could position him to be a favorite for that role.

I would not rule him out of the running for the Broncos job just yet. While the team loves the job done by DC Ejiro Evero in his first year with the team, the Broncos could almost ensure Evero remains in that role if they hire Morris as their head coach. The two worked well together with the LA Rams (winning Super Bowl LVI) and the Broncos are unlikely to land their first choice, San Francisco 49ers DC DeMeco Ryans.

But if Morris is hired elsewhere, you can bet that he will seek offensive help from the LA Rams coaching staff. After all, former Rams DC Brandon Staley has not been the least bit shy when it comes to seeking offensive coaching help from the LA Rams staff:

And so, the Rams try to reform a coaching staff as other NFL teams try to poach their own coaching hires from the LA Rams.

As more teams hire their head coaches, you can anticipate more and more Rams coaching names appearing on the short list of candidates. Worse yet, the candidates who the Rams may be seeking to fill their anticipated vacancies could be scooped up by other teams long before the LA Rams ever have the chance to interview them.

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