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Who Will Be The LA Rams’ Next Head Coach?

The list of potential head coaches that the Los Angeles Rams are interviewing continues to grow, but it seems that the team has focused in on offensive coordinators.

With an offense that features potential franchise building talents in Todd Gurley and Jared Goff, going the way of a strong offensive mind would be a good choice for the Rams. From numerous reports, it seems that the Rams have placed New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels firmly on their short list.

McDaniels’ offensive scheme would easily be the best the Rams have employed since the Greatest Show On Turf. There is no doubt that the Pats OC will need to answer what exactly happened during his first stint as a head coach with the Denver Broncos, but McDaniels will almost certainly be a head coach next season.

Other offensive coordinators interviewing with the Rams include Anthony Lynn, Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay. Of those three, Lynn stands out as potentially the best fit. Lynn, who will be courted extremely hard by the Buffalo Bills, spent six seasons in the NFL as a running back and his focus on the running game could be exactly what Gurley needs.

Who Will Be The Next Rams Head Coach?

Odds as of January 4 at Bovada

  • Josh McDaniels +125
  • Steve Wilks +400
  • Anthony Lynn +500
  • Matt Patricia +500
  • Kyle Shanahan +500
  • Sean McVay +500
  • Jon Gruden +2000

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If one high-profile, well-paid former NFL head coach who is being paid well to perform a less stressful job openly turns you down, you may as well move on to the next one. Jim Harbaugh already said that he was not interested in rejoining the NFL coaching ranks with the Los Angeles Rams, so the rumor mill moves on to Jon Gruden.

Though Gruden has said he has “no intentions of coaching,” he has become the favorite to be the next head coach of the Rams, according to BetOnline. Gruden has not coached since 2008 and since then has signed a lucrative broadcasting deal with ESPN, which allows him to say his infamously stupid things on national television once a week.

The two favorite coordinators to land the LA job are Josh McDaniels and Kyle Shanahan. McDaniels seems ready to take a coaching job after his failed attempt earlier in his career. Shanahan is an intriguing prospect, as he has improved every offense he has coached and would likely come with a new GM in his father Mike, which would be much better than the infighting between Jeff Fisher and Les Snead.

Who Will Be The Next Rams Head Coach?

Odds as of December 22 at BetOnline

  • Jon Gruden +150
  • Josh McDaniels +400
  • Kyle Shanahan +600
  • Sean Payton +800
  • Jim Bob Cooter +1000
  • Todd Haley +1000
  • David Shaw +1800
  • Anthony Lynn +2500


Ding-dong the witch is dead! Jeff Fisher, after four-plus years of mediocrity, was fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams organization pulled off the firing with three weeks left in their NFL season, which should provide plenty of time to hone in on who they want as their next head coach.

With No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff under center and star running back Todd Gurley in the backfield, it is very likely that the Rams pursue an offensive-minded head coach for the first time since Scott Linehan called the shots from 2006 to 2008.

The top two names on everyone’s minds are Josh McDaniels and Kyle Shanahan. Both are young, offensive coordinators who could work on molding Goff and fixing the abysmal offensive line in LA.

McDaniels was always on the fast track to a head coaching job and he got his first chance when the Denver Broncos hired him in 2009, despite being just 33. It became clear that McDaniels was not ready for the responsibility and was ultimately let go after going 11-17. After that, McDaniels actually became the Rams offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for a season. Since then, he has gone back home to New England, the team he was a part of from 2001 to 2008, and took over their offense once again.

There is no doubt that McDaniels knows football and he has grown a lot since his first tenure as head coach. It’s interesting to see if his brief tenure with the team helps or hurts his candidacy.

Shanahan has spent his NFL career bouncing between teams and fixing offenses that were struggling. He took Houston from 21st to 11th in points within one season, took Washington from 27th to 11th and Atlanta from seventh to third. The biggest thing with Shanahan may be the general manager position, as there could be a chance that he would want his father, Kyle Shanahan, to be the GM on his club. That being said, it’s not like Rams current GM Les Snead is exactly in the safest position.

Then there is the elephant in the room, Jim Harbaugh. Rumors are swirling that the Rams would love to get Harbaugh and they will likely put feelers out, but he is happy in Michigan. He is basically a god in Ann Arbor and has much better job security.

Who Will Be The NEXT Rams Head Coach?

Odds as of December 14 at Bovada

  • Josh McDaniels +200
  • Kyle Shanahan +300
  • Jim Harbaugh +500
  • Jim Mora +600
  • Jon Gruden +700
  • Mike Martz +1200
  • Pete Carroll +1600