McDaniels’ possible departure doesn’t hurt the Rams

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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.

21 responses to “McDaniels’ possible departure doesn’t hurt the Rams

  1. not borderline it would be insane! he has not been much of a genius since the guys who made that offense run got to old or injured to play. anybody that would hire this clown deserves what will happen to their qb and team. bears fans say thanks for nothing martz!

  2. Rams and power running game? You have an RB who is running on 2 surgically repaired knees and a leaky offensive line. No receivers to stretch the field (if they don’t get lloyd resigned).

    They still have a potential star QB who they are trying to turn into Jason Campbell (6 offenses in 6 years).

    Peyton Manning – 1 offense. Tom Brady – 1 offense. Rodgers – 1 offense. The franchise is dooming the poor kid.

    I know a coach who can’t win in the playoffs (sub .500 record) and missed the playoffs the majority of his coaching career looks good now. Wait, no i don’t. Fisher didn’t win in the playoffs, hardly made the playoffs, and is this year’s hot coaching candidate? All because he gives a good interview to the media on game day?

  3. If McDaniels could perform a miracle and finally get the Ravens offense to actually be productive…

    …any and all past transgressions of his should be expunged from his record, because he would have done the impossible.

  4. @eagleswin says:Jan 7, 2012 10:14 AM

    Peyton Manning – 1 offense. Tom Brady – 1 offense. Rodgers – 1 offense. The franchise is dooming the poor kid.
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    ??

    Do your research dude. You can throw Manning and Rodgers in the “1 offense” conversation, but Brady has had 6 different offensive coordinators in the last 10 years and the system has not remained the same.

  5. I don’t understand what any of this conjecture has to do with hiring a head coach. Why anyone would hire the entire coaching staff except the offensive coordinator is inexplicable and should be the reason for a headline. What the Hell is Going on in St Louis?

  6. Fisher prefers a power running game.

    That should bring chills of excitement to Rams fans everywhere.

    Because lord knows that’s what all of the top teams in the NFL feature now.

    Have fun with that, St. Louis.

    6 playoff appearances in 17 years.

    No playoff wins last 8 seasons.

    No titles in nearly 2 decades of coaching.

    Solid hire.

  7. ??

    Do your research dude. You can throw Manning and Rodgers in the “1 offense” conversation, but Brady has had 6 different offensive coordinators in the last 10 years and the system has not remained the same.

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    Do your own research, just because the OCs leave doesn’t mean the system has to change. I can’t think of one OC that had name recognition in the NFL before he coached the patriots. If you can prove to me that the offense has changed significantly and not just tweaked, i’ll agree with you but i do not remember an OC who brought in his own completely new system.

  8. @ nineroutsider

    McDaniels isn’t the worst. Steven Jackson and Bradford played exactly ONE game together this year. They traded for their best WR in the middle of the year (Lloyd)–meaning he wasn’t there the whole year. Amendola went down for the season early. They have no TE or other WRs or other RBs.

    I would say that injury is the reason the O stepped back, not McDaniels.

  9. Man I feel bad for Bradford. This is the Alex Smith project 2.0. Young intellegent qb, no weapons, no protection, new oc every year, and a knack for crippling him more with defensive minded head coaches. This doesn’t work out well no matter the talent level of the QB. Gonna be a long injury plagued road ’til the rams realize this. Hopefully for Sam’s sake it doesn’t take them 7 years. I will say though it appeared McDaniels was a bad fit there anyway

  10. Now that McDaniels is out, we could very well see Bradford traded to Cleveland, where he would be reunited with Shurmur.

    The Rams would do this to allow the new coach and GM the room to take RGIII, whose speed would be even more devastating on turf.

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