With the Rams cleaning out the coaching staff but keeping offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, the thinking was that they’d have McDaniels available in the event that the next coach would want McDaniels to remain in that capacity. And so it was somewhat surprising, on the surface, that the Rams are willing to let McDaniels leave for a lateral move, as Peter King first reported on Friday.
But it’s a no-brainer for the Rams. As they try to find a G.M. and a head coach, the last thing the Rams want or need is an offensive coordinator who doesn’t want to be there. It’s also safe to assume that, given the 50-50-or-greater chance that the Rams will land Jeff Fisher, he’s either comfortable to let McDaniels go or wasn’t inclined to keep him in the first place.
Sure, it would force quarterback Sam Bradford to adjust to a third coordinator in three seasons. But it’s better for the long-term interests of the franchise and Bradford to install now a system that Fisher wants, coordinated by an assistant with whom Fisher, who prefers a power-running game, is comfortable.
Besides, it’s not as if McDaniels’ presence pumped up the Rams’ offense.
That said, the looming loss of McDaniels hasn’t kept some from speculating as to the identity of the next offensive coordinator. There’s even been a suggestion that former head coach Mike Martz could return as the architect of the offense — a possibility that anyone who paid any attention to the latter years of the Martz regime in St. Louis, or his time as an offensive coordinator in Detroit, San Francisco, or Chicago should recognize immediately as borderline insane.
Regardless of who the next offensive coordinator is, the Rams surely will hire a head coach first. Though apparently not inclined to hire a G.M. before hiring a coach, the Rams surely realize the lunacy of tying a head coach’s hands by pre-hiring members of his staff.