LA Rams coaching staff shake-up summary

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The LA Rams are pretty thin as far as their current coaching staff roles are concerned. And yet, of the few coaches who remain on the team, the Rams are at serious risk of losing even those to other NFL teams.  So where to start? Well, why not just jump headfirst into this thing?

But to set the stage, let’s recap the season. The LA Rams’ offense was bad in 2022. Not just due to an incessant stream of injuries, but in the team’s non-responsiveness during games to adjust to what the opponent was doing, a complete disregard for available personnel as to what the team tried to game plan, all coupled with overestimating the offense’s ability to deliver the top-shelf plays and performance with bottom-shelf backups.

In terms of defense, the Rams’ front seven was stingy against the run but lacked a pass rush. The secondary seemed to regress dramatically from previous seasons. And the team also had to fight through a wave of injuries.

On special teams, Ram’s placekicker Matt Gay was top-notch. But punter Riley Dixon, whose gross punts were great, hit too many returnable line drive punts that sank his effectiveness. Even return specialist Brandon Powell seemed to regress this past season


OC – Mike LaFleur (Stafford impact) (Akers impact) (offense impact)
Liam Coen to UK
DC- Raheem Morris (interviewing for Colts/Broncos HC positions)
STC – vacant
Joe DeCamillis (Special teams mixed bag for 2023)

Offensive coaches

OL – vacant
QB – Zac Robinson (interviewing w Chargers/Ravens/more)
TE – Thomas Brown
RB – vacant
Ra’Shaad Samples to ASU
WR – Eric Yarber
Sr. Offensive assistant – Greg Olson (interviewing with Chargers)

Defensive coaches

DL – Eric Henderson (interviewing for DC)
LB – Chris Beake
OLB – vacant
Secondary – vacant
DB Coach – Chris Shula
Defensive assistant – vacant

The Rams vacancies came about in a wave of coaches who were released at the end of the 2022 NFL season by head coach Sean McVay

The Rams also elected not to renew the contract for OLB coach Thad Bogardus, whose group suffered significant regression through the 2022 NFL season:

That pretty much sums up the coaching changes for the team so far. Right now, the Rams have hired Mike LaFleur as the new offensive coordinator, and there are drips and drops of interviews that the team is conducting for other coaching roles, but the team will likely announce coaching hires when a majority of the vacant coaching positions are filled.

For now, the three most crucial hires appear to be the OL Coach, DB Coach, and OLB Coach. For the moment, the leads for candidates for those roles are not getting much press. But stay tuned, as things can change suddenly.

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