Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times reports that “those close” to ESPN analyst Jon Gruden “indicated he would listen” to a pitch from the Rams regarding their head-coaching job.
Farmer mentions that Gruden may finally be ready to return to coaching after seven years in the booth calling Monday night football games. Gruden previously worked with Kevin Demoff, while they were with the Buccaneers several years ago.
Other candidates for the job, according to Farmer, could including Jim Harbaugh, Josh McDaniels and Kyle Shanahan.
It didn’t take long for names to come up as speculative options for the Rams after the announced that they had fired long time HC Jeff Fisher, despite giving him a contract extension before the start of the season.
Many have said that the Rams’ coaching job will be very appealing, considering that it’s in the No. 2 market in the country, they have young talent to build around including No. 1 pick Jared Goff and will have a brand new stadium in the coming years. However, it could cost Rams owner Stan Kroenke over $10 million per year to lure someone like Harbaugh back to the NFL.
The assumption is that Los Angeles would likely target an offensive-minded head coach, but Demoff downplayed this thinking.
“You may find an unbelievable head coaching candidate who you meet with and believe is absolutely perfect for the Los Angeles Rams who has a defensive background,” Demoff said. “I think what’s most important is they have a plan to maximize the offense.”
We’ll have more regarding the Rams’ head-coaching search as the news is available.