Over the weekend, there were several reports concerning changes coming to the Rams this offseason.
Mike Florio reported on talk in league circles that General Manager Les Snead could be vulnerable and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that head coach Jeff Fisher has taken on a bigger role in running the defense, something that could herald the departure of defensive coordinator Tim Walton. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer’s future has been a frequent topic of conversation as well, but Fisher said Monday that the team isn’t listening to any of the chatter.
“There was a lot of that stuff. Interesting,” Fisher said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I don’t know. We work upstairs (and) then we come downstairs, we go onto the field and don’t pay attention to that stuff.
As for the one report that dealt directly with his role on the sideline, Fisher also said that talk of increased involvement with running the defense comes from “someone that doesn’t know what they’re talking about.”
There have been things to like on both sides of the ball in St. Louis this season, but not enough of them for the team to be the consistent winner you need to be to avoid this kind of talk as a season winds down. This offseason brings two first round picks, one of which should be in the top two thanks to the Redskins, and increased expectations, so you can expect even more of it if the Rams find themselves in similar position at this time next year.