McDaniels signed a multi-year contract before the 2011 season. Peter King noted on NBC SportsTalk the contract was structured that way in part to give the Rams flexibility if they made a head coaching change after the season.
King mentioned that it’s possible a defensive-minded head coach like Jeff Fisher could be hired with the option to keep McDaniels on staff. That would create more continuity for Sam Bradford. (Then again, perhaps Fisher and McDaniels aren’t a great match for one another.)
Rams fans probably aren’t fired up about this development, but it’s just good business. The team is simply exercising its contractual right.
Just because McDaniels is employed this Monday doesn’t mean he will be in a month.