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.