Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Advice to Rams: Cross Borders, Seek the Odd

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Advice to Rams: Cross Borders, Seek the Odd

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When the Rams braintrust acknowledged that it would "expand its search" for its next coach, more than a few local football fans twitched. Did this mean Rams President John Shaw was starting to "look under rocks" or "check under his sofa cushion" for coaching prospects?

The coaching search went from aggressive to cautious in a hurry. Former San Diego Chargers coach Bobby Ross? Some say the Rams fretted about his age before he signed with the Detroit Lions.

San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Pete Carroll? He seemed a little goofy, not to mention delusional. Hanging out with the Niners left him afflicted with the Bill Walsh Genius Syndrome. Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Emmitt Thomas? A fine coach, but he lacked a commanding presence. So much for the big three candidates. The Rams have resumed shopping and next up is Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who will interview today. This guy is no gum wad or slug. He orchestrated the surprising Jags offense, transforming somebody named Mark Brunell into a star. Also, the feisty Gilbride once scuffled with Buddy Ryan - although he failed to beat some sense into that tyrant. The Chargers also are interested in Gilbride. Dan Reeves seems destined for the Atlanta Falcons and if Bill Parcells leaves New England, he is expected to land in New York for big Jets money. So the Rams may have to "expand their search" beyond the usual borders and consider some unconventional candidates. We offer these suggestions: Johnnie Cochran: You win with defense and Cochran may be the greatest defensive coordinator of all time. His team spent much of the O.J. Simpson trial backed up against his goal line, but it held firm and forced a rash of Marcia Clark turnovers to score one of history's great upsets. Chuck Knight: Football is big business. The Rams need a taskmaster and we're fortunate to have a corporate Mike Ditka in our midst. Knight is a proven winner famous for his, uh, stern leadership. He could monitor games from his elevated "board room," digesting input from vice presidents on the field, making tough tactical decisions and firing people. …

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