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Thursday, January 1, 2009
More names in Rams' coaching search


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams' list of coaching candidates now includes Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Dolphins secondary coach Todd Bowles, Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, former Giants coach Jim Fassel, Cowboys receivers coach Ray Sherman, interim Rams coach Jim Haslett and Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss.

That is the latest from Chris Mortensen via James Walker's recent report. Five of the seven candidates listed above have defensive backgrounds. Haslett and Fassel are the only ones with NFL head-coaching experience. 

Organizations often look for head coaches whose approaches differ significantly from that of the previous head coach. Former Rams coach Scott Linehan was a former offensive coordinator with no previous experience as an NFL head coach. We're now seeing the Rams look at candidates primarily with defensive backgrounds.

The Rams anticipate making significant changes even if they retain Haslett, who continues to work as interim coach under a contract that expires in mid-February.