No one knows how the Los Angeles Rams head coaching search will turn out. The Rams have cast a wide net over potential candidates to fill the role, but the outcome can go in any direction.
It's obvious that the Rams could use a huge boost on offense after finishing with the worst offensive output this team has seen over the course of a season in decades. Lucky for L.A., the top two HC candidates available this year are two of the greatest offensive masterminds in the NFL today.
The Rams are interviewing New England Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, as well as Atlanta Falcons OC Kyle Shannahan.
McDaniels has a history with the Rams and their front office, as he was just the OC for the team only five years ago. It is rumored he had a great relationship with the front office and that relationship is still in good standing. Shannahan, is an adjustment guru that can mold his offense to fit any type of player with any type of skill set.
However, neither reportedly have the Rams at the top of their list for where they'd want to land ideally.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, McDaniels prefers the 49ers vacancy. Rotoworld.com offered this elaboration;
McDaniels has interviews lined up with the 49ers, Jaguars and Rams. San Francisco has the worst roster but their GM vacancy could be important to McDaniels, who may want full control. The 49ers' second-overall pick is another selling point over Jacksonville and Los Angeles. It's also possible McDaniels wants to bring Patriots director of personnel Nick Caserio wherever he lands.
As for Shannahan, Rotoworld had this to say;
"The word with people involved in coaching searches and gathering all of this information is that that's the job Shanahan has his eyes on—going to Denver where his father coached," said Garafolo Wednesday on Up to the Minute Live. Of the six coaching vacancies around the league, the Denver job is easily the most appealing. The opportunity for Shanahan to follow in his father's footsteps would just be icing on the cake. Shanahan is also being courted by the 49ers, Jaguars and Rams but if the Broncos offer him a job, we'd be shocked if he turned it down.
Its understandable why the two coveted OC's would be interested in these opportunities. As what the 49ers and Broncos have to offer them is enticing. But to be honest, if the Rams miss out, it might have more to do with what the Rams have/don’t have to offer that may turn them away....
My moment of honesty:
I think the Rams will miss out on the two big names for a head coach in McDaniels and Shannahan. And the reason being, Jared Goff
- He sucked and they probably don't believe in him and want their own guy, as is the case with the vast majority of coaching changes. However the front office might frown at that idea because of how heavily invested they are.
- Speaking of investments. The trade to get him left the Rams without a first and currently the likelihood of only two picks on Day 2 — one pick guaranteed — of the 2017 NFL Draft. A team in need of a big time play maker on both sides of the ball, and a lack of a first round pick in a draft flooded with big time play makers projected in the first round, has to hurt their chances.
The one thing to keep in mind about being as coveted as McDaniels and Shanahan; you don’t have to settle for anything less than what you want. If I had to list and rank the top three candidates that are most likely to land the Rams HC job, I’d say it would be as follows:
- Matt Patricia
- Sean McVay
- Anthony Lynn
Still very good options, but when it comes to the top candidates available, the Jared Goff move last year might have screwed the team this year...