Per various reports, the Los Angeles Rams are set to make a trio of additions to their new coaching staff under Head Coach Sean McVay.
On the offensive side, Eric Yarber will be the new wide receivers coach coming on from UCLA. Joining him to coach the tight ends will be Shane Waldron from the Washington NFL Team, McVay’s former employer. Also coming over from D.C. is Aubrey Pleasant to be the new defensive backs coach.
WR Coach Eric Yarber
Yarber’s from the LA area growing up in Crenshaw before landing in Idaho as a wideout. He starred under well-known coach Dennis Erickson before being drafted by Washington (I’m sensing a theme...). Years after his NFL playing career ended, Yarber dipped into the coaching pool. He has spent the last 16 years as a wide receiver coach in six different spots across Oregon State, the San Francisco 49ers, Washington (NFL), Arizona State, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and most recently UCLA.
TE Coach Shane Waldron
Waldron’s a product of Belichick U who, like so many other coaches who are coming out of the New England Patriots organization, came up out of the operational department and not up the coaching staff. Originally an intern before taking in a year as a operations assistant, Waldron finally cracked the coaching ranks as an offensive assistant in 2008 and as tight ends coach in 2009. A five-year run at UMass prepared him to take over as tight ends coach in Washington last year.
DB Coach Aubrey Pleasant
Pleasant was involved in contract negotiations throughout the last month, so this one was a bit of an escalated surprise. Pleasant was a safety at Wisconsin from 2005-08 overlapping his time with Rams starting tight end Lance Kendricks who was a Badger from 2007-10. Pleasant moved into coaching quickly joining the Michigan staff as a defensive assistant. Oddly, he switched to the offensive side as an assistant in his first NFL coaching season in 2013 with Washington, but flipped back to D thereafter being promoted to the DB coach gig last year.