A month ago for theme week, I was asked which coach on the Los Angeles Rams staff was the most likely to get a head coaching job in the future. After going through the entire staff, I settled on QB Coach Greg Olson.
His near-two decades of experience coaching throughout the NFL as both an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach is an impressive resume. His versatility having worked with multiple different coaching staffs should have given him the breadth of situational experiences to thrive with different coaching partners. And the Rams’ offensive success in 2017, starting with QB Jared Goff, suggests the game hasn’t “passed him by.” And so it is a day after Black Monday that we’re already dealing with our first Rams-related coaching staff exodus rumor.
As reported by Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL, the Sporting News and formerly of FOX Sports and confirmed by Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL and formerly of ESPN, Olson is reportedly being eyed for a gig with the Oakland Raiders under potential head-coach-to-be Jon Gruden.
Two more names I'm hearing as potential Jon Gruden staff hires: @RamsNFL QBs coach Greg Olson & @ChicagoBears o-line coach Jeremiah Washburn. Gruden had Olson on his @TBBuccaneers staff. @sportingnews— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) January 2, 2018
Heard same on Olson. Will be interesting to see if Rich Gannon joins Gruden's staff. Washburn also would be candidate for potential Jim Schwartz staff. https://t.co/4QmVAgtzQM— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 2, 2018
Obviously, I’m not surprised. Olson’s CV is lengthy. While he’s the QB coach in 2017, he was the Rams’ offensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007 in St. Louis. He’s got ties to the Raiders as well having been their OC in 2013 and 2014. Maybe most importantly for the hypothetical situation involved, he spent the 2008 season working as Gruden’s QB coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The bigger takeaway? The reminder that the Rams won’t be able to keep this staff together ad inifinitum if they continue to have success on the field. From coordinators looking to earn the ultimate promotion to a head coaching gig to position coaches looking for more responsibility or potential coordinator jobs, there’s room up the ladder. And as long as the Rams are winning games and scoring points, it’s going to mean opportunities for Rams coaches looking to climb up those ladders.
As for the Olson rumor, we’ll see how that story develops after the conclusion of the playoffs. With the Rams hosting the Atlanta Falcons next weekend in their first playoff action in 13 seasons, the focus for Olson and the rest of the staff will be the on-field activities next Saturday and potentially thereafter, not the job market.
Well, it sounds like it Olson would be coming on as offensive coordinator per Marvez. That’s definitely a tough promotion to pass up, all things considered.
Yeah, it’s happening.