Go get some coffee, and then come back. I'll wait.
Good? Good. Yesterday, Jim Thomas reported the Rams have narrowed their search for a new Head Coach down to five finalists. I took the links out, basing this table completely on Thomas' report:
|Coach||Current team||Current position
|Leslie Frazier||Minnesota Vikings||Def. Coordinator||2nd interview: Jan. 13th|
|Jason Garrett||Dallas Cowboys||Assistant Coach/Off. Coordinator||1st interview: Jan. 14th|
|Jim Haslett||N/A||N/A||No further interviews scheduled|
|Rex Ryan||Baltimore Ravens||Def. Coordinator||No further interviews scheduled|
|Steve Spagnuolo||NY Giants||Def. Coordinator||1st interview: Jan. 15th|
And now to continue the odds debate that began with Van's post yesterday, here are mine (alphabetical order):
Leslie Frazier: 72.5% - I gave him a bump from Van's due to my skepticism of the viability of the "mystery" candidate who was revealed to be Jason Garrett.
Jason Garrett: 25% - His style could fit the Rams moving ahead, but the way the Cowboys season ended hurt noone more than Garrett. Sure, Wade Philips had to endure the criticism and it cost Pacman/Adam/Go Away Jones his job, but Garrett's bright future was darkened by the cloud of the Eagles game. I'm hard pressed to believe he'll be the next head coach of the Rams.
Jim Haslett: 12.5% - I don't see how the Rams as an organization can claim to be "moving ahead" by selecting their defensive coordinator from the past 3 seasons. I thought the "Martz as OC" story effectively ended Haslett's tenure in St. Louis.
Rex Ryan: 45% - I'd love to see Devaney hand the reins to Rex, but I think the desire to hire somebody immediately and Ryan being tied up with the Ravens' playoff run creates and irreconcilable conflict. I see Ryan going to the Jets, but hope we find a way to get him to St. Louis.
Steve Spagnuolo: 70% - I really think his history with Billy Devaney puts him at the top with Frazier, who has obviously had positive interaction with the franchise.Have at it.
If Rex Ryan were the best coaching option, should the Rams wait until the Ravens are out of the playoffs, or is the need to hire someone ASAP more important?
Hire Rex - If he's the best man for the job, wait until he's available. (118 votes)
Hire anybody - The longer you wait, the harder it will be for the next head coach to get the team's business in order. (42 votes)
160 total votes