[Note by VanRam, 01/17/09 10:02 AM EST ] Sentiment among Rams fans seems to be against Garrett - I'm half expecting to see pitchforks and torches. In fact, in all of the unscientific polls here and elsewhere around the interweb, Spagnuolo seems to be the top choice of Rams fans. So let's hear it, why Spags? Why not Garrett? Weigh in. If you're new here, hit the join button over on the left; Rams fans need to make their voices heard on this.
What to make of the reports that Jason Garrett could be the guy? He came to St. Louis yesterday for what he called "a second interview," but the official word from GM Billy Devaney says it was purely information and refused to call Garrett the leading candidate.
Yesterday, it was reported that Frazier and Spagnuolo were the top two candidates. So what happened, or what's going here? Some options.
- The Rams really like Garrett and wanted to give him the chance to see the facilities while he considered the offer. That's the most obvious inference here. Word is that Devaney has made his recommendation to Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom et al, so this could be step two in convincing him to take it.
- Contract issues with Spagnuolo and/or Frazier. What about that earlier report that Spagnuolo wanted control over personnel? Are the Rams at a sticking point over that issue or another one? If that's the case, is this a leverage tactic?
- Other jobs The Chiefs haven't made a decision on their head coach, but speculation is that they'll likely fire Herm Edwards. Are Rams candidates holding out for that job? There's also the Raiders, but for Spagnuolo and Frazier, being a coordinator for a functional team - and able to get a head coaching job next season - trumps head coaching for Al Davis, right?
- Garrett's leveraging the Cowboys, not for money, but to send T.O. packing, a rumored possibility. Also, remember it wasn't all that long ago that Garrett was considered Wade Phillips replacement, as the 'Boys struggled this season. Things got real dysfunctional in Dallas this season, a rodeo of chaos, with players calling out each other and the coaches. And Jerry Jones is, well, nuts.