Six teams, the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, and San Diego Chargers, are all looking for a new leader to take them into the 2017 season.
And they’re all interviewing the same guys.
Some of the potential candidates - like Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and New England Patriots’ coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia - are still busy working with their teams in hopes of hoisting a Lombardi trophy. For that reason, you won’t hear their names called until their respective teams have been eliminated from the playoffs.
But there are other hot commodities, like Washington’s Sean McVay, Buffalo’s Anthony Lynn, and the Miami Dolphins’ Vance Joseph, among others, who could be signed at any moment.
So what is keeping these teams from hiring their guy? Surely, these organizations want to take their time and be diligent in making their selections. But what happens when that first team steps up and claims their guy?
Here is how the Rams, according to Orange County Register’s Rich Hammond, intend on handling that situation:
My understanding is, Rams want to talk to everyone on list, but once that first domino falls, the game changes. Musical chairs, a bit.— Rich Hammond (@Rich_Hammond) January 9, 2017
While it’s understandable that the Rams want to ensure they’ve got all their ducks in a row here, one has to wonder...have none of the nine coaches/coordinators they’ve already interviewed said or done enough for Demoff & Co. to hire them right now?
Or are they simply biding their time in hopes of being able to land the likes of Shanahan, McDaniels, or Patricia?
It’s a risky game, considering other quality candidates could be claimed prior to the Patriots or Falcons exodus from the playoffs. And I’m certain that every one of these guys have thought about their list of ideal landing spot(s), which may or may not include Los Angeles.
Regardless, it sounds like the Rams have a plan once the first domino falls.