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Steve Sarkisian declines to interview for Rams job

Steve Sarkisian AP

The St. Louis Rams got a “thanks but no thanks” response to one of the candidates they wanted to interview for their head-coaching vacancy.

Steve Sarkisian, the head coach at the University of Washington, was approached by the Rams but told them he wasn’t interested, Bruce Feldman of CBS reports.

This is the second time the 37-year-old Sarkisian has chosen not to pursue a head-coaching position in the NFL. In 2007 the Raiders expressed interest in Sarkisian, who was then an assistant coach at USC, but he told the Raiders the interest wasn’t mutual. The Raiders ended up hiring another USC assistant, Lane Kiffin, who is now the head coach at USC.

Sarkisian has coached at Washington for three seasons. His overall record is 19-19.

Jeff Fisher is widely regarded as the Rams’ first choice. Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton is the only other candidate who has been publicly identified.

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25 Responses to “Steve Sarkisian declines to interview for Rams job”
  1. bigjdve says: Jan 6, 2012 3:12 PM

    Why would he want to interview? He is happy where he is and everyone is talking about Fisher.

    I am all about trying to show why you are worth more than the favorite, however if you like where you are, then why do it?

  2. ravenspit says: Jan 6, 2012 3:33 PM

    I’m surprised he didn’t jump at the chance to get out of that social armpit Seattle, WA. All those tree-hugging, coffee drinking, I’m better than you individuals-who think the town’s number one sports team are the Sounders-soccer-“Oh how european thinking we are”.

  3. Land Snark says: Jan 6, 2012 4:06 PM

    Interesting that he didn’t take the interview as leverage for a raise there.

    But I don’t blame him. The college scene can be at least a little bet less pressure filled than the NFL.

    Not many college coaches can or should make the leap to the NFL. It’s not for everyone.

  4. elroyjetsson says: Jan 6, 2012 4:11 PM

    ravenspit says:
    Jan 6, 2012 3:33 PM
    I’m surprised he didn’t jump at the chance to get out of that social armpit Seattle, WA. All those tree-hugging, coffee drinking, I’m better than you individuals-who think the town’s number one sports team are the Sounders-soccer-”Oh how european thinking we are”.
    _______________________
    Did a Starbucks waitress spill a Grande Caffe Latte in your lap last visit?

  5. mattmillen4president says: Jan 6, 2012 4:17 PM

    A Baltimore fan talking smack on the people of Seattle is hilarious cause it’s ridiculous.

    Go Steelers.

  6. thingamajig says: Jan 6, 2012 4:25 PM

    Why would somebody that great want to coach the Rams? 19-19 in the last three seasons so he’s probably holding out for a good team like the Packers to come calling.

  7. NoHomeTeam says: Jan 6, 2012 4:27 PM

    ravenspit says: “I’m surprised he didn’t jump at the chance to get out of that social armpit Seattle”

    This from somebody who evidently lives in Baltimore?

  8. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 6, 2012 4:27 PM

    ravenspit says:
    Jan 6, 2012 3:33 PM
    I’m surprised he didn’t jump at the chance to get out of that social armpit Seattle, WA. All those tree-hugging, coffee drinking, I’m better than you individuals-who think the town’s number one sports team are the Sounders-soccer-”Oh how european thinking we are”.

    ****************************************

    It’s clear from your post that it is true. Seattle residents are better than you.

  9. aaroncurryisbust says: Jan 6, 2012 4:46 PM

    “Interesting that he didn’t take the interview as leverage for a raise there.”

    He just received a big raise last season after beating Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl.

    As for that butthurt Baltimore fan, he’s just RAGING with jealously because Seattle beat his garbage Ravens team’s ass and Marshawn Lynch juked Ray Lewis out of his shoes and LITERALLY put his geriatric butt on the injury report for a month. HAHAHAHAHA!

  10. ravenspit says: Jan 6, 2012 5:11 PM

    Matt, don’t live in Baltimore, even though, a Pittsburgh fan talking smack to a Baltimore fan is even funnier. Pittsburgh-the city that has a rapist for a quarterback and is located in the state where the major university houses a pedophile.

  11. diehardraidersfan says: Jan 6, 2012 5:38 PM

    Nothing wrong with knowing your limitations. Guess the top of the football coaching world isn’t for him.

  12. lottsmissingfinger says: Jan 6, 2012 6:19 PM

    Give ravenspit a break. Baltimore got us The Wire, Homicide, and The Corner (notice a trend?). Seattle curses men with Grey’s Anatomy.

  13. shemberry says: Jan 6, 2012 6:27 PM

    I’m surprised he didn’t jump at the chance to get out of that social armpit Seattle, WA. All those tree-hugging, coffee drinking, I’m better than you individuals-who think the town’s number one sports team are the Sounders-soccer-”Oh how european thinking we are”.

    Yep, the city of Seattle sucks, don’t move here and tell all your friends to stay away as well.

  14. ravenspit says: Jan 6, 2012 6:46 PM

    Aaroncurry-me jealous, last I checked the Ravens were still in the playoffs (a bye week even), the Seachickens are back home drinking nasty Starbucks and throwing fish back at the market.

  15. hailvictory10 says: Jan 6, 2012 6:56 PM

    I declined The Rams job as well……no thanks

  16. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 6, 2012 6:57 PM

    Unless it’s your dream to be an NFL coach, why would you take that job over a college job? The average tenure of an NFL coach is 2 1/2 years, turnover is incredibly high with no job security. The current coach with the longest tenure in the NFL is Andy Reid with only 13 years, and fans are ready to ride him out on a rail. The NFL is a very “what have you done for me lately” kind of situation. You have to deal with national pressure in a league where it’s very difficult to win and millionaire players.

    College on the other hand is far different. College coaches are like little kings in their kingdoms. Players are not the same millionaire divas they are in the professional level but younger more respectful and still working to get noticed, fans are often more forgiving, and big college football programs can use their clout to schedule favorable seasons with more home games and a few gimme games. Not only that but a decently successful college coach can stay with the team their entire career, something entirely unheard of in the NFL. And in bigger programs the salary is comparable to NFL pay.

  17. birdsflynorth206 says: Jan 6, 2012 7:41 PM

    @ravenspit- didn’t the ravens come to this starbucks drinking, fish throwing at the market city and leave with a loss?

  18. georgeblanda says: Jan 6, 2012 9:01 PM

    I’m a Niner fan, but have to register my vote for Seattle as one of the great American cities… and for the record, Seahawk fans are some of the best (and loudest) in the NFL.

  19. richieab says: Jan 6, 2012 10:38 PM

    Ravens are in the playoffs give you that, BUT still does not change the fact Seahawks beat them down with the run game. PS we know you go to starbucks @ravenspit

  20. seacolt213 says: Jan 6, 2012 11:44 PM

    Ravenspit-
    1- you’ve done nothing but prove that you are an ass hat and that we are in fact better than you.
    2- playoffs or not, you got worked by Seattle and per usual your team will underachieve in the playoffs again.
    3- the Sounders probably generate more revenue after 3 seasons in the league than any of Baltimore’s franchises (except Ravens)
    4- Besides Suggs, Rice and Reed, your team is mediocre at best.
    5- clearly by everyone’s reactions, you are in the minority
    6- you make Omar look like the Brawny man

    Thanks,
    Ambassador of the City of Rain

  21. jrfrom508 says: Jan 7, 2012 12:10 AM

    ravenspit- you give east coasters a bad name. just stop talking bro.

    sincerely,

    a pats fan

  22. starfan79 says: Jan 7, 2012 1:05 AM

    West coast people are stupid. East coast people are stupid too.

  23. legacybroken says: Jan 7, 2012 10:08 AM

    I have no real skin in this game as Im not a Seahawks or Ravens fan but I do have to laugh at the Seattle fsn criticizing Baltimores player personel. Any team thst employs both Tavaris Jackson and Chuckles Whitehurt shouldnt be talking.

  24. seacolt213 says: Jan 7, 2012 1:12 PM

    Legacy-
    Don’t get me wrong, our team isn’t a contender yet, but we’re definitely on the rise. Everyone in Seattle is baffled by the acquisitions of TJack and Clipboard Jesus, but TJack is sort of growing on us. And I honestly think in a year or two, our secondary could be the best in the NFL. Earl Thomas is a young Ed Reed,Cam Chancelor hits like James Harrison, both our corners are huge and fast and our D line is solid.

    Baltimore is good but not deep enough to win a title. Let’s be honest too, Flacco is not much better than TJack if at all.

  25. dhawk12 says: Jan 13, 2012 9:26 AM

    Thanks GeorgeBlanda. SF is a great city, too.

    How amazing would it be to have 3 former Pac 12 coaches in the NFC West? Finally…some rivalries in the mish-mashed new division.

    But – how can anyone blame him for saying no? The Rams will bhe struggling to catch up with the physical ball being played in the Pacific time zone.

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