Jeff Fisher is getting closer to having his St. Louis Rams coaching staff complete. Former St. Louis Cardinals running back Stump Mitchell interviewed for the Rams' running backs coaching job on Monday, according to the Post-Dispatch.
Mitchell, or whoever they hire, has an interesting job ahead of him.
Mitchell, currently the head coach at Southern University in Baton Rouge, may be one of several candidates interviewing for the position. He played for the Cardinals from 1981-1989, spanning their time in two cities.
Mitchell passes muster in the experience department, something common among Fisher's other coaches. He got his start as an NFL coach under Mike Holmgren with the Seahawks in 1999. Mitchell spent eight years there, and saw Shaun Alexander run his way to the league MVP prize in 2005.
Sylvester Croom, the team's running backs coach since 2009, left to take the same job in Jacksonville.
Whoever Fisher hires as his running backs coach, they will be coming on board at an interesting time. The Rams have the versatile, dependable Steven Jackson who is coming off his seventh-straight 1,000-yard rushing season, but having seen lots of work over the last few years. Fisher has a penchant for running the ball, and his offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has spoken of his preference for two backs. The Rams will be looking for a complementary back in the draft or free agency this year, if not an outright replacement for some point in the near future.