The Los Angeles Rams head coaching gig has hardly been vacant for 24 hours and the rumors are already swirling - and they’re swinging for the fences.
Joe covered the leading candidates yesterday, but the list is evolving rather rapidly. Here’s what we’re looking at today.
The appeal here is obvious. Harbaugh is familiar with the NFC West from his four years spent in San Francisco. He led the 49ers to the Super Bowl and another NFC championship in his four years before discord with the front office led to a messy divorce following the 2014 season.
I’m not sure how much credibility Chris Collinsworth has with coaching matters, but this came out of the woodworks yesterday:
By the way, Albert Breer on the way out said that Jim Harbaugh to the Rams rumor is a very real thing," Cowherd said at the end of Breer's segment.
Until they’re squashed by the man himself, Harbaugh will continue to be brought up in this discussion.
Gruden has been away from coaching since 2008. I find it hard to believe that the Rams will draw him out of retirement. That being said, apparently he’s willing to listen.
McDaniels is going to be a hot commodity this winter. The Rams will reportedly pursue McDaniels per Jason La Canfora:
Rams will likely move to try to get initial interview with Josh McDaniels for period when Pats are on the bye. K. Shanahan makes sense too— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 12, 2016
McDaniels was the Rams offensive coordinator in 2011 under Steve Spagnuolo, but he retreated back to New England for the Patriots playoff run that season. He has stated that his focus is on the Pats next game and not the Rams vacancy, but that’s all smoke and mirrors at this point.
Some Rams fans are dreaming of bringing Carroll back to the Coliseum, but he’s having none of that talk.
Would Pete Carroll like us to rule out any chance that he would coach the Rams next year? "Yes." K.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) December 13, 2016
Again, take everything said this time of year with a grain of salt, but Carroll has a pretty good thing going in Seattle. It’s hard to see him leaving that to go coach a divisional foe.