Rams fire coach Scott Linehan

Unfortunately an “I told you so” moment occurred on Monday morning as it was learned around the NFL that the winless St. Louis Rams’ owner Chip Rosenbloom had fired coach Scott Linehan – lost badly at home to the Bills 31-14 falling to an ugly (0-4) record. The beleaguered coach, who was my pick as the first coach to be relieved of his duties going back to my season-opening preview was finally let go after the Rams had a fourth straight lopsided loss to start the ’08 season.  Linehan had tried to pull out all the stops on Sunday as desperate move after desperate didn’t work including benching former Pro Bowl quarterback Marc Bulger for brittle veteran Trent Green – BTW:  The surprising move to bench Bulger for little reason was the last straw with the veteran team.

Linehan will now go down in NFL history with other failed coaches David Shula, Rich Brooks, and Al Groh as someone, who never was able to get a winning tradition going from the start of his tenure.  At age 45 and having some success working in the Vikings regime in the past may get Linehan another chance as a coordinator down the line.  But he clearly was overmatched had lost the Rams lockerroom amongst whispers that the team had quit on him after only four games into his third season.  Driving home the point of “how” bad this team was, they have been outscored 147-43 this season, and have allowed at least 30 points in seven straight games dating back to last year.

Linehan had taken over from successful, but volatile head coach Mike Martz and was expected to bring discipline to a talented, but underachieving aging group that had been left around from Super Bowl teams in 1999 and 2006.  Linehan’s best season was in his first season as the team compiled an 8-8 record.  However that high water record mark was tainted as the team missed the playoffs after a 4-1 start.  Since that great start, Linehan’s Rams compiled a 7-24 record in their last 31 games as the disappointing coach finished with an 11-25 record.

The Rams have scheduled a news conference for later today to announce the firing and to also announce that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was hired as the interim head coach for the rest of the year.  Luckily for the new coach, the Rams have a bye this week before playing at the NY Giants in week six.  Only time will tell if Haslett is the right man for the job – was fired by New Orleans after the 2005 season, finishing with a 45-65 record and a 1-1 record in the playoffs – or if the team needs to find a new guru from the outside.  My vote is for the Rams to find a new tough respected coach that will light a fire under this below par team (ex. SF 49ers Assistant Head Coach / LB Coach Mike Singletary).


Author: lloydvance

Lloyd Vance is a NFL Writer, Analyst, Draft Expert, Researcher, and Historian. He serves as a Editor for "Taking It to the House and he covers the NFL on a daily basis. He is an Accredited Member of NFL Media and Philadelphia Eagles Media. Member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), Pro Football Researchers Association (PFRA), and The Maxwell Football Club

One thought on “Rams fire coach Scott Linehan”

  1. Hello Sports Fans!!!!!!!! This is Corey C. Donerlson Sr. AKA The “Coach” I told you all that week 4 would be a week of upsets. Let’s start with the biggest of them all. Alabama over Georgia and Kansas City over Denver, and the Redskins over the Cowboys. The Rams need to bring in a young coach with discipline and knowledge of the game. Last but not least, To all the fans of Atlanta Falcons. I told you so about Matt Ryan!

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