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Rams Coaching Candidates: Steve Mariucci



The vultures are officially circling Steve Spagnuolo as fans are increasingly calling for his head and ownership might be forced to make a move if only to try and generate some enthusiasm for next year's team. I don't expect any changes to happen until the off-season, but since we don't have anything resembling football to watch, let's start talking coaches!

I hear a lot of dreaming about Bill Cowher (never happen), Jon Gruden (terrible idea for Bradford's psyche in my opinion), Jeff Fisher (would he even want the job?), and while it's fun to think those guys could all just come aboard and plug in their winning ways and fix everything, I think the likelihood is that it's going to be a lesser-known coach and it's going to take even more time to fix all the holes. That said, allow me to offer the humble Mooch for your consideration:

It's easy to disregard Steve Mariucci: he inherited a San Francisco team that had recently won its 5th Super Bowl title and was a perennial playoff contender. I could probably coach a team to at least the Divisional round myself, provided that team came with Steve Young and Jerry Rice in their prime. Yes, the team floundered shortly after and had two pretty bad years, BUT: 1) Those years were still nowhere near as bad as what the Rams have put out on the field, and 2) Mooch was able to coach the team up from back-to-back losing seasons back to the playoffs. So he's shown he can handle some adversity and get guys back on the right track. Can he handle the abysmal, soul-sucking defeat that is Rams Park these days?

Well, he has experience with that sort of thing, at least. After the 49ers cut him loose the Mooch made his way to Motown and...well, okay, he proceeded to stink it up pretty badly. But that's not all his fault, really. These were the Lions of the Matt Millen era; it's scientifically proven that NO ONE could win with those Lions. And even after enduring that time in Detroit he's STILL got a winning record: 72-67.

Okay, the Rams seem to have their own Matt Millen in one Billy Devaney, but it might still work.

Mariucci ran the West Coast offense and ran it well. It's not an offense I find particularly thrilling, but you can't deny its proven effectiveness in the NFL. Sam Bradford could benefit from a few seasons of high percentage throws, and if we can hang on to Brandon Lloyd he could be our deep threat while guys like Salas or Pettis or whatever bag of magic beans wearing a Rams jersey at WR that week could work underneath and try to extend plays with their legs.

Is it the best option? Hell no. I wrote this in 15 minutes after seeing Mariucci in a NFL Network commercial. But what's YOUR plan, Mr. Smarty Pants?

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