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Changes could be coming in St. Louis

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As Rams coach Jeff Fisher nears completion of his second season in St. Louis, the future remains bright but the present remains a bit murky.

Fisher, who survived 17 years as head coach of the Oilers/Titans despite working for an owner whose son-in-law recently said would fire people “at the drop of a hat,” remains firmly entrenched, despite a 7-8-1 finish in 2012 and a 5-8 record this year.  Others may not be quite so secure.

The grumbling about offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer began early in the season.  While the team has at times shown flashes of real ability, even without quarterback Sam Bradford, the Rams have underachieved on offense.  St. Louis currently ranks 27th in yardage and 20th in scoring.

Defensively, it’s better but still far from perfect.  Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently pointed out that, in some respects, the pass defense is historically bad.  While we’ve heard no chatter that Tim Walton could be out as the defensive coordinator after only one year on the job, Walton became Plan B after Rob Ryan bolted for the Saints after most other viable candidates had found their jobs for 2013.

Change also could be coming to the front office.  There’s scuttlebutt in league circles that G.M. Les Snead could be in trouble after only two years on the job.

That would be a major surprise, given that Fisher hired Snead — and that Fisher is widely believed to have final say over all personnel decisions.  It’s also believed that Fisher, not Snead, has been willing to take a chance on possible character risks; half of the team’s 10-man 2012 draft class already have gotten into trouble at the NFL level.

Still, Fisher didn’t make it through a full generation as head coach of the Oilers/Titans by accident.  He may decide changes are needed after 2013 to keep him off the hot seat in 2014 or 2015.

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23 Responses to “Changes could be coming in St. Louis”
  1. mianfr says: Dec 15, 2013 9:06 AM

    Maybe the coaches are bad because Sam Bradford is bad and gets paid so much money they can’t afford to build up the rest of their roster to overcome him?

  2. azjam says: Dec 15, 2013 9:09 AM

    Injuries have hurt the Rams but they could be a surprise team next year having the Redskins #1 pick for the RG3 trade. It’s currently the #2 pick in the draft and their own will be top #15. However, they do need a new OC for sure.

  3. dirtydrynn27 says: Dec 15, 2013 9:13 AM

    So what are they doing with all of those draft picks they got from the Redskins? it seems unreal they dont have any offensive talent

  4. jakec4 says: Dec 15, 2013 9:17 AM

    Fisher is so overrated it isn’t even funny. Any other coach in any other city would have gotten canned for the job he did in Tennessee/Houston way before 15 years. One SB loss in all of that time doesn’t make him a great coach in a results driven job. Not in my book.

  5. osiris33 says: Dec 15, 2013 9:31 AM

    Rams have already squandered a ton of picks from the RG3 deal. As a Seahawks fan I hope they keep this front office team in place.

  6. joetoronto says: Dec 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    Maybe they should rate the offense when the starting QB actually played in the season they’re ranking.

  7. wethog66 says: Dec 15, 2013 9:57 AM

    When the smoke clears in DC look for Baby Shanny to emerge in St. Louis.

  8. ramdomhaus says: Dec 15, 2013 9:59 AM

    In less than 2 seasons, Fisher has more wins than the Rams last 2 coaches had in either of their 3 seasons. He’s not dominating, but considering our division is the best/toughest in the NFL, (potentially producing the highest win total of a division in NFL history), I think Fisher’s done a great job. Pead, Quick & Watkins were worth the gamble since we already had Brockers (stud) and Jenkins (starter). All others from the 2012 draft are solid contributors (besides Aaron Brown of course). The biggest question marks are the Coordinators and Bradford. He’s good, but he’s not worth his contract.

  9. petehemlock says: Dec 15, 2013 10:12 AM

    L.A.

  10. jaybirds95 says: Dec 15, 2013 10:31 AM

    Brian Schottenheimer should’ve never been hired by Fisher. He sucked as an offensive coordinator with the Jets. Why anybody thought this guy was any good is mind boggling. The Rams invested high resources in Bradford, Austin, and a mid round pick on Chris Givins, yet Schotty constantly wanted to hand the ball off. Tavon Austin should lead all Rams players every week in touches either rushing or recieving. he is that dynamic. The fact that he hardly gets the ball tells you all you need to know about Schotty. Schottenheimer doesn’t know how to get his best players the ball.

  11. brownspower says: Dec 15, 2013 10:32 AM

    Much overrated head coach of an underachieving team. Great combination. Not even the extra draft picks are going to improve this team.

  12. jwh8541 says: Dec 15, 2013 10:34 AM

    Not the biggest Fish fan but Rams roster was incredibly bad when started but he’s got to better coaching up all these young guys. They went too young in the defensive backfield and are getting killed. Bradford has proven to be mediocre at best… A timid qb no fire nothing inspirational… but some of it has been awful coaching. they desperately need a creative OC and they need to draft a qb.

  13. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 15, 2013 10:35 AM

    This team could be scary good if they hit on this next draft coupled with an OC that could get that offense moving and scoring. A big WR in the mold of a Marshall/Green/Johnson (Andre or Calvin) would be nice to pair with Austin.

    That D line is sick with Long and Quinn on the edges. If they could get a safety like Thomas or Berry you could be talking 85 Bears good on that side of the ball.

    Still, I don’t know if Bradford is the future (and I really like the guy) tho it could be argued that they never put the weapons around him to suceed early on. I don’t know if any of these guys coming out is better than him, but it couldn’t hurt to have competition at that position and if he gets beat out it would free up a ton of cap money. It’s going to be hard to win in the NFCW without a threat at the QB position.

    Like I said earlier though, this team could be juggernaughts if the cards fall right for them. Good luck Rams fans. I can’t believe how filthy this division will be if you guys hit on the things you need to improve on.

  14. mrlaloosh says: Dec 15, 2013 10:45 AM

    They will beat the Saints today.

  15. bossbertozzi says: Dec 15, 2013 10:46 AM

    An elite outside receiver, a couple of good safeties, and an OC would really make this team great.

  16. valcomm5 says: Dec 15, 2013 10:59 AM

    You all seem to forget how good the defense was last year, and how bad they’ve regressed this year. DC, Tim Walton, in my opinion, has got to go!!! He was the secondary coach for the Lions, and we all know how bad they were. He comes to St Louis, becomes the DC, and our secondary has been horrible. We went from being a top tier D to cellar dwellers in one season.

  17. realfootballfan says: Dec 15, 2013 11:38 AM

    You want to find somebody even more overrated than Mike Shanahan. Fisher’s the one guy, lol.

  18. 80sbroncofan says: Dec 15, 2013 12:54 PM

    Biggest regresson was the defense. They went from a top 15 defense last year to bottom 5 with pretty much the same players. Difference was the defensive coordinator. Tim Walton is on the hot seat. Sam Bradford was the 10th ranked quarterback in the league when he got hurt so hes not the problem.

  19. pike573 says: Dec 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    The definition of a mediocre coach

  20. valcomm5 says: Dec 15, 2013 3:41 PM

    80sbroncofan says:
    Dec 15, 2013 12:54 PM

    Biggest regresson was the defense. They went from a top 15 defense last year to bottom 5 with pretty much the same players. Difference was the defensive coordinator. Tim Walton is on the hot seat. Sam Bradford was the 10th ranked quarterback in the league when he got hurt so hes not the problem.

    You nailed it Brother!!!

  21. rajbais says: Dec 15, 2013 9:09 PM

    Jeff Fisher: The most overrated coach in my lifetime.

    He brought on his own problems or couldn’t find ways to maneuver through the ones he had and now he’s just a non-winner.

    Why would a wide-9 defense loving, character issue embracing, and a factors in his teams’ propensity for penalties be a good coach?

    Face it. All he was was a Steve McNair beneficiary.

  22. turfrage says: Dec 15, 2013 9:27 PM

    Well, that so called mediocre coach wiped up the field with Payton and Ryan today. They were so out coached it wasn’t funny. Earned my respect. Or maybe the Saints are just over rated ??

  23. rams1999 says: Dec 16, 2013 3:24 AM

    dirtydrynn27 says:
    Dec 15, 2013 9:13 AM
    So what are they doing with all of those draft picks they got from the Redskins? it seems unreal they dont have any offensive talent

    18 26

    brownspower says:
    Dec 15, 2013 10:32 AM
    Much overrated head coach of an underachieving team. Great combination. Not even the extra draft picks are going to improve this team.

    5 16
    __________________________________
    Let me guess, a Redskinns fan(we gottcha!) and A Browns fan?
    Cmon kids, Mr Redskin, just google who we have gotten from u and what else we getting from u after handing u what is looking to become the next Michael Vick(beside the dog killing), Randall Cunninham, Dante Culpepper, Cmon lets name more of those mobile QB who have never won a SB besides Steve Young. So Rg3 will be a typical avg QB at best. He can run, and? Thats about it. A NFL team needs a pocket QB. Look at history. So do research boy.
    Mr. Browns, another mobile QB who will never get it done. And the fact, the Cleveland Browns, cmon. Comment when u win 7 games one of these yrs.

    Redskins r a joke. Browns, enough said!

    And rest of haters: Watch out for this Rams team. All i need to say. Hope u remember to reply to me during next season.

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