Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

More Rams Names Emerge, along with Some Confusion

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

More Rams Names Emerge, along with Some Confusion

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What's next for the Rams?

I don't know.

The disturbing thing is, team President John Shaw may not know, either. With Bobby Ross off to Detroit, the Rams lost their top choice to replace Rich Brooks. Shaw will expand his list of coaching candidates. Here are some names Shaw probably will look at: Dan Reeves. Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green. Carolina defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Jacksonville offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. Former New Orleans coach Jim Mora. Retired Alabama coach Gene Stallings, who coached the Cardinals in their final two seasons in St. Louis. Chicago icon Mike Ditka. St. Louis homeboy Gary Barnett. Or the Rams may wait to get into the auction for New England coach Bill Parcells. Good luck, because the New York Jets want him. And if Parcells goes to the Super Bowl, this expedition could drag on. We'll know soon enough. Shaw already has interviewed San Francisco defensive coordinator Pete Carroll and Philadelphia defensive coordinator Emmitt Thomas. If Shaw has strong positive feelings about either man, he'll move quickly to hire one. If Shaw delays, we can only conclude that Shaw lost confidence in Carroll and Thomas during the interview process. Thomas has coached both sides of the ball. He has played and worked for winners, including Hank Stram, Joe Gibbs and Ray Rhodes. He's contributed to Super Bowl champions as a player (Kansas City) and as an assistant coach (Washington). But he's quiet. Can he lead? Carroll is smart, energetic and cocky. He gained valuable experience during his one year as head coach of the Jets. Being in the 49ers environment, Carroll knows what it takes to set up a winning system. And if he's a little arrogant, so what? Don't you want that in a head coach? Here's the rub: No one really knows if Carroll or Thomas has what it takes to be a great head coach. Not everyone in the league is sold on Carroll, who was buddy-buddy with the players in New York. Carroll has hired a Hollywood attorney, Leonard Armato, to represent him. …

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