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Linehan to Get Rams Job... (1 Viewer)

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--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Report: Linehan to Get Rams Job... Posted on: 2006-01-18 [CBS Sportsline] Clark Judge cites league sources and reports that offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has been selected as the next head coach of the St. Louis Rams. An announcement is expected by Friday and no later than Monday.On Wednesday, St. Louis completed its second round of interviews by consulting with Chicago defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Linehan and San Diego offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had their second interviews earlier.

 
Good news for Bulger and Holt.
:confused: Whether you liked Mike Martz as a head coach, I can't imagine how Bulger and Holt would materially benefit from any change on the offensive coaching front. Martz IS an offensive genius and also wasn't afraid to throw the ball 40 times a game. Linehan may ultimately be good for the Rams, but I simply don't know how you can project Bulger and Holt to be better than they've been; and probably they'll take a slight step back as Linehan emphasizes a more balanced approach.

 
Good news for Bulger and Holt.
:confused: Whether you liked Mike Martz as a head coach, I can't imagine how Bulger and Holt would materially benefit from any change on the offensive coaching front. Martz IS an offensive genius and also wasn't afraid to throw the ball 40 times a game. Linehan may ultimately be good for the Rams, but I simply don't know how you can project Bulger and Holt to be better than they've been; and probably they'll take a slight step back as Linehan emphasizes a more balanced approach.
:goodposting: see my bust thread

 
Does this mean the Rams won't be using a third round pick on a Eric Crouch type of player?

 
I've always thought Bulger was a decent fantasy QB that became a great fantasy QB because he was in just a good offensive system for QB's. I was very concerned that a coach would come in and focus on defense, slow down the offense and pound the ball with Jackson. With Linehan as head coach, this keeps Bulger near the top of the fantasy QB list for the forseeable future. Great news for Bulger and Holt owners.

 
I like it. The Vikings shoud have moved on him first. I like him more than Childress.
:no: I think the primary way a first-time head coach is successful is if he's had a chance to learn from an ultra-disciplined mentor. While Linehan had that in 2005 unders Saban, it was only for a year. No way is Linehan more prepared for an NFL head coaching job than Childress, who has been Reid's right hand man for half a decade. Let's not forget, the Eagles were widely considered the model NFC franchise over that time.

We'll have to see who Linehan gets to join his staff. I highly doubt he'll be able to lure many people from the Fins staff, and there aren't many guys he would want from his Vikings days [that aren't already with Denny in 'zona].

Childress is going to be very very good in Minnesota if Ziggy is willing to $$$$ spend to help the cause.

 
bernie miklasz is local STL journalist who is well placed in rams matters... he insisted as of tonight that he had spoken directly with shaw & linehan had not been offered job yet... that said, he is thought to be frontrunner... there is still interview with owner planned... official announcement should be forthcoming soon... another source more sketchy had the impression that rivera had surpassed cameron & was still in the mix.* oops, didn't read latest... it sounds like shaw is recommending linehan to owner, which probably makes it a formality.as to the RAMifications of the system change of a new regime...the passing attack of the rams was/is a team strength & it won't be scrapped... in his last six games, chambers receiving totals would prorate to something like 110 receptions, 1,600 yards & 16 TDs for a season... holt is at least as talented as chambers...a balanced attack wouldn't necessarily be bad for bulger's stats... for instance, by being too one-dimensional, they were easier to defend... sometimes he might throw twice in a three & out series... he would have more opportunity to make something happen if he threw three times on a 7-8 play drive... more sustained drives by being able to run on offenses should translate directly to more red zone trips.bulger is more likely to crack the top 10 (5?) among QBs if he is healthy & plays 16 games... martz's system (deep downfield throws that are slower developing) caused QBs to get hammered routinely... ask warner.

 
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Good news for Bulger and Holt.
:confused: Whether you liked Mike Martz as a head coach, I can't imagine how Bulger and Holt would materially benefit from any change on the offensive coaching front. Martz IS an offensive genius and also wasn't afraid to throw the ball 40 times a game. Linehan may ultimately be good for the Rams, but I simply don't know how you can project Bulger and Holt to be better than they've been; and probably they'll take a slight step back as Linehan emphasizes a more balanced approach.
I'm assuming Kub is referring to the possible alternatives to Linehan. As a Holt owner in a dynasty league, I would much rather Linehan tackle the reigns, as opposed to a defensive-minded coach.Martz was the best-case scenario for Bulger, Holt & Co, but Linehan is not a bad consolation prize.

 
Shaw finds his man By Jim Thomas ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Wednesday, Jan. 18 2006 Scott Linehan has reached the goal line. And unless he fumbles in his meeting with owner-chairman Georgia Frontiere, he will be the next head coach of the Rams.Linehan, the offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, emerged from the second round of interviews this week as the choice of team president John Shaw to succeed Mike Martz as the Rams' head coach."I think he would be our recommendation," Shaw said Wednesday night.All that remains is for Linehan, 42, to meet with Frontiere and receive her blessing. Linehan was believed to be en route to Frontiere's Arizona home on Wednesday night. Could Frontiere reject the Linehan "nomination?"It's possible, but not expected. In fact, there were reports Wednesday evening in Minnesota, where Linehan worked with the Vikings from 2002 through 2004, that Linehan had informed friends that he had the Rams job.Still, with several details and some logistics to be ironed out, the Rams might not make an official announcement until Friday.Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera closed with a flourish, with a strong interview Wednesday in Los Angeles that impressed Rams owner-vice chairman Stan Kroenke, as well as Shaw and president of football operations Jay Zygmunt.But while Rivera was flying back to Chicago following his interview, Linehan was headed to Arizona to meet with Frontiere.As late as Wednesday night, many observers and some Rams coaches believed that San Diego offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was the Rams' choice. But that proved to be an elaborate smokescreen, either to drive down the price for Linehan or as a favor for the Spanos family, which owns the Chargers and is very close to Shaw.The subterfuge worked so well that Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer began making calls to find a new offensive coordinator.On Wednesday night, Shaw declined to rank the three finalists."I think we felt that all three candidates brought something unique to the table," Shaw said.Since the ouster of Martz on Jan. 2, it took Shaw only 17 days to come up with a coach, following a series of interviews in Chicago, New York, St. Louis and Los Angeles. In all, seven candidates were interviewed in person, with an eighth - Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt - interviewed on the phone last week.Cameron, Linehan, and Rivera made the cut to finalist status. What happened to the others?Gregg Williams, who would have been a prime candidate in St. Louis and several other cities, was quickly taken off the market when Washington re-signed him to a lucrative three-year contract extension to remain as assistant head coach-defense.Dallas defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer was unimpressive in his interview.New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis was bright and glib but seemed to lack a vision for what he would do with the team.Fresno State head coach Pat Hill was energetic but seemed too entrenched in the college ranks to make the leap to the NFL at this stage of his career.Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel, the former Giants head coach, was more of a known quantity and was viewed as a safe choice if any of the front-runners faltered.Whisenhunt's candidacy was done in as much by Pittsburgh's upset victory over Indianapolis last Sunday as anything; the Rams didn't want to wait any longer to pick their head coach.Despite plenty of speculation to the contrary, Rams interim head coach Joe Vitt and Kansas City offensive coordinator Al Saunders never became serious candidates.With the exception of Hill, Shaw avoided considering coaches who were currently coaching in college. And with the exception of Hill, 54, and Fassel, 56, all of the other candidates interviewed were in their 40s.When overtures to a pair of older defensive gurus were unsuccessful - Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, 64, and Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, 65 - Shaw seemed to lock into bringing in a fresh face as the team's next coach. Someone who could energize Rams Park with a fresh approach.The one noticeable detour on Shaw's path was away from a defensive-oriented head coach. That was Shaw's preference going in, but Rivera was the only defensive coordinator among the three finalists.But it quickly became apparent that it would be easier for an offensive-oriented coach to hire a veteran coach as his defensive coordinator, than vice versa. The pool of potential hires as defensive coordinator include veterans Jim Bates, Dom Capers, Ted Cottrell and **** Jauron.This seemed to work in Linehan's favor, and against Rivera, in the first round of interviews. Linehan had a deep list of potential staff hires on the defensive side of the ball. Rivera did not have an exhaustive list of potential staff hires on the offensive side of the ball. That's one reason Linehan emerged as the front-runner following the first round of interviews.Following the Bears' 29-21 loss to the Panthers on Sunday, Rivera spent a lot of time working on potential staffing - particularly on the offensive side of the ball - in preparation for his second interview with the Rams.Despite Rivera's impressive work in LA on Wednesday, it wasn't enough to overtake Linehan, who has only four years of coaching experience in the NFL.

 
And unless he fumbles in his meeting with owner-chairman Georgia Frontiere, he will be the next head coach of the Rams.Funniest line ever. Fumble a meeting with that moron? She looks like the dude from Silence of the Lamns. I think she has a poodle too.

 
I've always thought Bulger was a decent fantasy QB that became a great fantasy QB because he was in just a good offensive system for QB's. I was very concerned that a coach would come in and focus on defense, slow down the offense and pound the ball with Jackson. With Linehan as head coach, this keeps Bulger near the top of the fantasy QB list for the forseeable future. Great news for Bulger and Holt owners.
Just because they brought in an ex-offensive coordinator doesn't mean he won't focus on improving the defense and/or develop a more balanced offense.I don't think the Rams passing game will fall off considerably, but with Martz out of the picture, I don't think it can go anywhere but down.

 
I've always thought Bulger was a decent fantasy QB that became a great fantasy QB because he was in just a good offensive system for QB's.  I was very concerned that a coach would come in and focus on defense, slow down the offense and pound the ball with Jackson.  With Linehan as head coach, this keeps Bulger near the top of the fantasy QB list for the forseeable future.  Great news for Bulger and Holt owners.
Just because they brought in an ex-offensive coordinator doesn't mean he won't focus on improving the defense and/or develop a more balanced offense.I don't think the Rams passing game will fall off considerably, but with Martz out of the picture, I don't think it can go anywhere but down.
That might not be a bad thing. Bulger's always had great yardage numbers but his TDs thrown have always been mediocre. A balanced attack might put them in the red zone more often and it also might keep him from getting killed. Second year in a row he wasn't around for the fantasy playoffs.
 
I've got to say that my initial thought when seeing this is that it cannot be good for the Dolphins.Am I right in assuming that? :shrug:

 
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The guy is a hell of an offensive coordinator. Hopefully he'll fare well as a head coach.He helped make Daunte Culpepper and Gus Frerotte look like Pro Bowlers.

 
I've got to say that my initial thought when seeing this is that it cannot be good for the Dolphins.

Am I right in assuming that?

:shrug:
Probably not a good thing for the Dolphins. The favorite to replace Linehan is Charlie Baggett but it looks like Linehan will be taking him along to St Louis. At this point I have no idea who is going to replace Linehan.Losing Linehan definitely sucks for the Dolphins but it could have been much worse if they were losing Houck instead.

 
any chance Martz comes to MIA?
Thinking out loud here... If Al Davis is a complete idiot and doesn't hire Al Saunders as HC, Saban would be very wise to step up and bring Al in to Miami as his OC.
 
QUOTE(nathanbalboa @ Jan 18 2006, 11:14 PM)I've always thought Bulger was a decent fantasy QB that became a great fantasy QB because he was in just a good offensive system for QB's. I was very concerned that a coach would come in and focus on defense, slow down the offense and pound the ball with Jackson. With Linehan as head coach, this keeps Bulger near the top of the fantasy QB list for the forseeable future. Great news for Bulger and Holt owners.Just because they brought in an ex-offensive coordinator doesn't mean he won't focus on improving the defense and/or develop a more balanced offense.I don't think the Rams passing game will fall off considerably, but with Martz out of the picture, I don't think it can go anywhere but down.
It's not just that he's an offensive coordinator, but the kind of offense he has run for years. Linehan was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota for years (until 05) and you can bet he'll keep an offensive similar to the one he had with Culpepper and Moss. That should mean good numbers for Bulger.
 
I think this is great for Bulger owners. Martz's protection schemes were getting him killed just like every other QB before him. Even if the numbers go down some, atleast there's a better chance he finishes the season. Two years in a row he missed the fantasy playoffs.

 
Good news for Bulger and Holt.
:confused: Whether you liked Mike Martz as a head coach, I can't imagine how Bulger and Holt would materially benefit from any change on the offensive coaching front. Martz IS an offensive genius and also wasn't afraid to throw the ball 40 times a game. Linehan may ultimately be good for the Rams, but I simply don't know how you can project Bulger and Holt to be better than they've been; and probably they'll take a slight step back as Linehan emphasizes a more balanced approach.
I'm assuming Kub is referring to the possible alternatives to Linehan. As a Holt owner in a dynasty league, I would much rather Linehan tackle the reigns, as opposed to a defensive-minded coach.Martz was the best-case scenario for Bulger, Holt & Co, but Linehan is not a bad consolation prize.
Precisely what I meant. He is the best case scenario for Bulger and Holt of the coaches they were considering for the position.
 
Good news for Bulger and Holt.
:confused: Whether you liked Mike Martz as a head coach, I can't imagine how Bulger and Holt would materially benefit from any change on the offensive coaching front. Martz IS an offensive genius and also wasn't afraid to throw the ball 40 times a game. Linehan may ultimately be good for the Rams, but I simply don't know how you can project Bulger and Holt to be better than they've been; and probably they'll take a slight step back as Linehan emphasizes a more balanced approach.
yeah, and downgrade steven jackson big time..linehan loves RBBC...
 
I like it.  The Vikings shoud have moved  on him first.  I like him more than Childress.
:no: I think the primary way a first-time head coach is successful is if he's had a chance to learn from an ultra-disciplined mentor. While Linehan had that in 2005 unders Saban, it was only for a year. No way is Linehan more prepared for an NFL head coaching job than Childress, who has been Reid's right hand man for half a decade. Let's not forget, the Eagles were widely considered the model NFC franchise over that time.

We'll have to see who Linehan gets to join his staff. I highly doubt he'll be able to lure many people from the Fins staff, and there aren't many guys he would want from his Vikings days [that aren't already with Denny in 'zona].

Childress is going to be very very good in Minnesota if Ziggy is willing to $$$$ spend to help the cause.
Why would Linehan's Viking coaching mates be in Arizona with Denny? Linehan came in with Tice. When Denny was with the Vikings, Linehan was OC at Louisville.
 
Good news for Bulger and Holt.
:confused: Whether you liked Mike Martz as a head coach, I can't imagine how Bulger and Holt would materially benefit from any change on the offensive coaching front. Martz IS an offensive genius and also wasn't afraid to throw the ball 40 times a game. Linehan may ultimately be good for the Rams, but I simply don't know how you can project Bulger and Holt to be better than they've been; and probably they'll take a slight step back as Linehan emphasizes a more balanced approach.
yeah, and downgrade steven jackson big time..linehan loves RBBC...
This may be true, but I don't think Faulk, Arlen Harris, Aveion Cason or Derrick Knight (the other backs currently on the Rams roster) in any way, shape or form make up a committee that should take any time away from Jackson. So, unless they plan on bringing in another back, Jackson should be a big beneficiary of the new regime if they do indeed move to a more balanced attack.
 
Good news for Bulger and Holt.
:confused: Whether you liked Mike Martz as a head coach, I can't imagine how Bulger and Holt would materially benefit from any change on the offensive coaching front. Martz IS an offensive genius and also wasn't afraid to throw the ball 40 times a game. Linehan may ultimately be good for the Rams, but I simply don't know how you can project Bulger and Holt to be better than they've been; and probably they'll take a slight step back as Linehan emphasizes a more balanced approach.
yeah, and downgrade steven jackson big time..linehan loves RBBC...
Is that true? In Minnesota it doesn't seem there is one back to carry the load. In Miami-well who wouldn't use Ricky and Ronnie? Whether you're a fan of RBBC or not, you'd be a fool to not use them both if they were at your disposal.
 

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