Patriots loading up on Rams coaches?
If you have been tallying up the exodus of Rams coaches to this point, you find that the Rams have lost one coordinator and three coaches so far. But it's not over, not by a long shot. To that point, two more Rams coaches continue to be interviewed, and both are in the queue of New England Patriots new HC Jerod Mayo.
Rams TE Coach Nick Caley is interviewing with the Patriots for thei vacant offensive coordinator position, while Rams Assistant ST Coach Jeremy Spring is interviewing for the Patriots vacant ST coordinator role
Nick Caley must have impressed the Patriots so far, as they are rumored to have requested a second interview.
Caley has deep ties with the New England Patriots. Before joining the Rams coaching staff in 2023, he was the tight end coach of the Patriots for six seasons. Mayo worked with him on the Patriots coaching staff, and clearly admires what he did for the Patriots over that time. In one season with the LA Rams coaching staff, his thumb print is all over the addition and promising NFL career of rookie TE Davis Allen. While seeing little action, just 192 offensive snaps, Allen caught 10 of 11 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown, and seven first downs.
The Rams also signed two tight ends to Reserve/Future contracts in TE Miller Forristall and TE Nikola Kalinic. Clearly, Caley has had success in coaching up his players.
While many view the Rams 2023 performance at special teams to be disappointing, Springer was hired to the Rams coaching staff in 2022 and helped to oversee a pretty solid season from kicker Matt Gay and veteran punter Riley Dixon.
Springer has a rich background with Special Teams units in collegiate football, and that could be the leverage that the Patriots are seeking in their ST Coordinator for 2024.
UPDATE as of 9:45 am PT on January 31, 2024
The LA Rams have lost assistant special teams coach coach Jeremy Spirnger to the Patroits.
Meanwhile, the Patriots are now rumored to be focusing on Nick Caley as their next OC.
And even LA Rams Pass Game Specialist Jake Peetz is getting interviewed:
Did I mention the fact that Rams LB Coach Chris Shula is interviewing with the Miami Dolphins to fill their vacant DC role?
Yes, the LA Rams and Rams HC Sean McVay has a tremendous track record for attracting some of the nation's top football coaching talent, and there is no reason to believe that will not be the case this year. But, at the same time, I would not enter the 2024 offseason believing that the Rams can match the quality of departing coaches, or even upgrade the quality of coaches at those positions.
The Rams have some huge shoes to fill. Unfortunately, I expect the number of coaches to be hired elsewhere to grow before it's all over.