Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Chargers' moves should help the Rams
By Mike Sando
Coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith are returning to the San Diego Chargers in 2012.
That is good for the St. Louis Rams as they pursue a head coach and GM.
San Diego, with a franchise quarterback in place and geography on its side, could have been an alluring alternative for candidates the Rams might be considering. One of those candidates, Jeff Fisher, reportedly has interest in teams with stability at quarterback.
Bernie Miklasz and I were just discussing the Rams and Fisher on 101ESPN St. Louis. Bernie asked what other candidates might appeal. An offensive-minded head coach would help insulate quarterback Sam Bradford from coordinator changes on that side of the ball. That would be one consideration from my standpoint.
And no, I wouldn't expect the Rams to consider former coach Mike Martz, now out as coordinator for the Chicago Bears. The Rams will presumably be looking toward the future, not the past, when making their next big hires (although Dick Vermeil and Marshall Faulk are part of the search process).
Fisher is the opposite of Martz: stable and consistent.