9. Another Failed Coaching Hire by the Rams
While we’re coming up on a year since the Rams left for Los Angeles, many St. Louis fans are still extremely bitter about the team’s departure. That was telling during the 2016 season, as much of St. Louis seemed to unite in rooting against the Rams (to the point of hate-watching them when they were on national TV) rather than finding a new team to follow. The Rams made a move in November that wasn’t necessarily in the best interest of hate watchers in mid-December, though, firing head coach Jeff Fisher after he had clinched his sixth straight losing season–his fifth with the Rams–and just one loss short of him becoming the losingest head coach in NFL history.
Now they’re on the hunt for a new coach, and with experienced coaches like Pete Carroll, Jim Harbaugh, and Jon Gruen already having publicly expressed their disinterest in the job, the Rams are apparently focusing on coordinators. One guy who’s been mentioned as a candidate is Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, who might be the most humorous full-circle hire that the Rams could make. Linehan went 11-25 as the Rams’ head coach from 2006-08 and was largely responsible for instituting the culture that caused the team to go 15-65 from 2007-11.
Whoever they ultimately go with, all that most of us bitter St. Louisans care about is that they hire yet another incompetent coach who will prevent shady front office characters like Stan Kroenke and Kevin Demoff from experiencing joy. Then again, both Steve Spagnuolo and Fisher were considered the hottest coaching candidates on the market when they came to the Rams, so perhaps the incompetence is fueled by the management upstairs more than it is by the coaching staff.