Rob Chudzinski may be for all intents and purposes a free agent coach tomorrow, but the Rams aren't going all in on Chud just yet.
Nathaniel Hackett will have second interview with Rams tomorrow for offensive coordinator job.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) January 26, 2015
He's got the earmarks of a Fisher hire, chiefly as the son of a former notable NFL coach. Rams fans may well remember his father, Paul, for his time as Pitt's head coach from 1989-1992 and at USC from 1998-2000. He bounced around gigs before between and after those as well including a memorable offensive coordinator stint in Kansas City for the five years between his head coaching gigs.
Nathaniel, though, is still coming into his own having spent three years coming up the Stanford ranks before jumping into the NFL waters in 2006 as an offensive assistant in Tampa. Two years later, he was assisting offensive efforts in Buffalo before dropping back down to college to head to Syracuse where he was offensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012. The last two years, he was back in Buffalo as their offensive coordinator helping the Bills survive under the quarterback play of E.J. Manuel, Thad Lewis (yeah, that Thad Lewis) and Kyle Orton. Buffalo went 9-7 in 2014 largely on the backs of a vastly improved defense, though rookie wideout Sammy Watkins has fans excited for the path of the offense. Hackett and HC Doug Marrone have since moved on to allow Rex Ryan to come in and get the Bills to the postseason.
For the time being, that leaves Hackett as a prime candidate for the Rams who are trying to finally get an offense to click after languishing in the bottom half of the league since 2006.