The biggest change is coming on the offensive side of the ball with Mike LaFleur replacing Liam Coen as offensive coordinator. The Rams also parted ways with special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, although McVay has not yet found a replacement for him.
For a while, it looked like the Rams would be replacing all three coordinators as Raheem Morris was a finalist for the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job.
The Colts took longer than most teams to find a new head coach, interviewing their top candidates two or perhaps even three times over the last few weeks with Morris in the mix the whole time.
Ultimately though, it does not look like Morris will be getting the job as reports indicate it is going to Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen.
With most of the other head coaching openings filled, it’s looking like Morris will be returning to the Rams for another season as defensive coordinator, which is a good thing for a variety of reasons.
Morris is building infrastructure in L.A.
The first reason that keeping Morris is a good thing is a simple one: The Rams won the Super Bowl with him calling the shots on defense.
With Morris, it’s not a matter of if he can be good enough for L.A. He has already proven that.
Additionally, he will now be going into his third season with the Rams. That means that he has brought in the personnel he wants and knows can run his scheme, both on the coaching staff and roster.
If the Rams were to lose Morris and go outside the organization to find a new defensive coordinator, who’s to say what scheme that new guy would run and how much it would affect the Rams’ personnel?
Morris has worked really well with guys like Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald and Bobby Wagner, knowing how to get the best out of his stars while also putting the young, inexperienced players in a position they can succeed.
Even though the Rams’ 2022 season was a disaster, their defense looked like the only competent unit on the roster for a majority of the year, keeping the team in games they had no business being in.
All of the other best candidates are off the board
Let me be clear here in saying that I don’t think Morris is a perfect defensive coordinator. He has done a good job since coming over to the Rams, but he has also had some incredible players to work with.
Perhaps the biggest reason I think him staying is a good thing though is that all of the other best candidates are off the board.
If Morris would have landed the Colts or another head coaching job earlier in the offseason, it would not have been an irreplaceable loss.
But because the Colts have taken so long, a lot of the guys the Rams would have turned to as replacements have found other jobs.
Some examples of this include Ejiro Evero, Vic Fangio, Steve Wilks and Brian Flores.
Evero previously served on the Rams’ staff and is one of the best young defensive coordinators in the league. He was let out of his contract by the Denver Broncos but opted to accept the same job with the Carolina Panthers.
Fangio is a coach that McVay has openly admired for a long time, poaching coaches off his previous staffs like Brandon Staley in order to learn and run his scheme. Fangio was one of the most sought-after defensive coordinator candidates this offseason, ultimately joining the Miami Dolphins.
Wilks is similar to what Morris was when the Rams brought him in a couple of years ago. A respected, veteran coach that is coming off a successful interim head coaching run with the Panthers. He will be going to the rival San Francisco 49ers as a replacement for DeMeco Ryans, however.
Another top candidate across the league was Flores, who joined former Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell’s staff with the Minnesota Vikings.
You get the point here?
At this stage of the offseason, the Rams could not afford to lose Morris and have to find another defensive coordinator. The draft combine, free agency and all of that other offseason business are just around the corner and the Rams needed to know how to move forward defensively.
Morris is deserving of a head coaching gig and hopefully will get one next offseason, but for now, it is great to see that he likely will be back with the Rams for another year.