The St. Louis Rams and the 29 other teams not playing in the Super Bowl this week are out of the spotlight. That doesn't mean they aren't staying busy. The Rams continue the process of interviewing candidates for the GM job, and new head coach Jeff Fisher is hiring assistant coaches to fill out his staff.
Let's get caught up on everything that matters on this fine Tuesday morning.
Rams Hire John Fassel As Speical Teams Coach - From late last night, the Rams hired former Raiders special teams coach John Fassel for the same position on Jeff Fisher's staff. He replaces Tom McMahon. Like the other assistants hired so far, he brings a long track record of success.
Chiefs hire former Rams coach Tom McMahon - The Kansas City Chiefs hired former Rams special teams coach Tom McMahon for the same position in KC. McMahon joined the Rams in 2009, hired by Steve Spagnuolo. St. Louis' special teams were never very good, partly a result of personnel decisions.
Rams interested in Alex Van Pelt for QB coach - The Bears will interview former NFL quarterback Alex Van Pelt for its quarterbacks coach/ passing game coordinator opening, according to a league source. But Van Pelt has other suitors, according to NFL Network, including the St. Louis Rams and the Indianapolis Colts.
Rams talk to GM hopefuls - The Rams interviewed Joey Clinkscales and George Paton for the GM job yesterday. Three other candidates remain on the list: Steve Keim from Arizona, Brian Gaine from Miami and Tom Telesco from Indianapolis. Mike Ackerley and Rich Snead, who had been reported as candidates in other outlets are not candidates. TST first reported that Snead was not a candidate.
Burwell: Keeping Rams is about the vision for St. Louis - Brian Burwell makes some good points on the Rams' lease situation and the lack of comforting words coming from Rams Park. Ultimately, the Super Bowl in Indianapolis this week is a reminder of the ultimate goal for the city and the team's new facility.
What makes quarterbacks, receivers click - NFC West blogger Mike Sando, reporting from Indianapolis, notes the importance of chemistry between a receiver and a quarterback, something that takes time to develop. It's really something to think about as you look back on the Rams situation with Bradford over the last two season, especially factoring in the injury to Danny Amendola.
Experience the key for Jeff Fisher's staff - Rams Herd takes a look at Jeff Fisher's coaching staff so far, noting the one thing the assistants all have in common: loads of experience.
Michael Floyd 2012 NFL Draft scouting report - Mocking The Draft - Here's a name you better get to know. Floyd missed the Senior Bowl last week in order to recover from an injury in time for the Combine. At the Combine, he'll have to assure teams about his character concerns and prove he has the game speed for a first-round pick.
Browns have renewed interest in keeping Peyton Hillis - The Browns reportedly want to bring Peyton Hillis back to Cleveland this year. The free agent running back once looked like he was a goner after a public tete-a-tete with the Browns. I suspect he'll shop around first, looking for some team willing to spend ridiculous bucks on a running back (please don't be the Rams).
Report: Peyton hits a plateau - Peyton Manning might end up in the NFC West, but first he'll have to prove that he can play again. So far, things don't look good on that front.