FootballScoop has the...football scoop...that Chris Weinke will be the Rams' next QB coach.
Weinke's road to the NFL was hardly direct, with a six-year run in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization followed by a stellar career with Florida St. In 2000, he won the Heisman Award as he led the Seminoles to their second national championship.
Weinke's NFL career wasn't nearly as successful. In 2001 with the Carolina Panthers as a 29-year-old rookie, Weinke stumbled to a 1-14 record as a starting QB. Rams fans might remember Weinke's 2001 as the sole game he missed that year, being replaced by Matt Lytle due to a shoulder injury, was a week nine contest against the Rams in which Marshall Faulk and Trung Candidate both topped 100 yards rushing en route to a 48-14 evisceration. Six weeks later, the two would meet again in a 38-32 Rams win that saw Faulk rush for 202 yards. Weinke would be pushed aside as the starter in favor of Rodney Peete in 2002, starting just five games over the final six years of his career in both Carolina and San Francisco who he joined in 2007.
Since retiring from the NFL as a player, Weinke has rebounded in league circles having teamed up with John Madden in 2010 to form and lead the IMG Football Academy as part of the larger IMG sports program. IMG is famous for its tennis and soccer programs, but its football school has been receiving serious plaudits under Weinke's supervision.
He now jumps back into the NFL fray with the Rams who will have some new names surrounding Sam Bradford on the depth chart for Weinke to mentor.
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Looks like local confirmation from Jimmy T.
Rams have hired Chris Weinke as their quarterbacks coach.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) February 19, 2015