The St. Louis Rams have hired Ray Sherman as their next wide receivers coach. The news first bubbled up on Twitter via NFL agent Fredrick Lyles, who represents Patrick Crayton. TST has since confirmed Sherman's hiring with another source. Sherman fits the profile as another well-experienced coach for Jeff Fisher's staff.
Sherman's most recent job was in Dallas, coaching receivers there. He was interviewed for the head coaching vacancy in 2011 to satisfy the Rooney Rule. Dallas let him walk after interviewing him because of some controversy around Dez Bryant, of course.
Sherman has a reputation as a coach who gives his players a wide berth, especially important among receivers who seem to typify the diva modern athlete. According to Matt Moseley of Fox Sports, Sherman allowed Bryant to "vent" on the sidelines. He also maintained a regular "Keepin' It Real Thursdays" for his players to "blow off steam." Miles Austin also spoke highly of Sherman and regretted losing him in an interview with PFT.
Sherman's name first bubbled to the surface as a coaching candidate last week. Rams great Henry Ellard was another name in contention for the job.
Sherman worked with Fisher in Tennessee from 2005-2006 as the receivers coach. He was with the Packers from 2000-2004. His first NFL coaching job was in 1988 as a running backs coach with the Oilers.