John Clayton from ESPN was on local 101 ESPN radio on Monday afternoon to talk about, what else, coaching changes, et al with the St. Louis Rams. Clayton talked about potential candidate for the Rams head coach and general manager jobs. He also dropped a nugget about the 2012 NFL Draft that Rams fans will be excited to hear.
As far as who might replace Spagnuolo and Devaney, Clayton didn't really have anything new. He reiterated what many have been saying about the Rams job: that it's an attractive destination because the team has a franchise quarterback in place as well as a huge chunk of cap space, $40-45 million, in just a year from now.
Clayton did say that current Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith could very well be a candidate if he gets the boot in San Diego. That jives with what Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune has been reporting for weeks now. Experienced personnel will be preferred for the vacancies, particularly at head coach.
Draft enthusiasts will be particularly encouraged about something else Clayton said on the radio. Asked about the situation in Indianapolis, he felt like Andrew Luck will still be the pick in Indianapolis. Clayton said that draft day trades will come through St. Louis as teams like Washington and Miami look to trade up for Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.