This offseason will be a big one for the Los Angeles Rams if they want to get back in postseason contention in 2023.
The good news is that Sean McVay will be returning as head coach. Despite rumblings about him potentially stepping away from coaching, McVay quickly decided after the season that he wants to remain head coach of the Rams.
McVay’s coaching staff will be undergoing an overhaul though as special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, offensive line coach Kevin Carberry, defensive backs coach Jonathan Cooley, assistant defensive line coach Skyler Jones and defensive assistant Lance Schulters were relieved of their duties. Additionally, offensive coordinator Liam Coen left for the same role at the University of Kentucky, while defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is in contention to become the next head coach for the Colts.
McVay is clearly wasting no time looking for qualified coaches to add to his staff as various reports have trickled out about the Rams interviewing candidates. Let’s examine some of those reports regarding potential coaches that could be coming to L.A.
The most important position to fill on the Rams’ staff is offensive coordinator as McVay needs someone to collaborate with who can also help take some of the load off the head coach as he looks for a proper work and home-life balance.
The Rams have hired Mike LaFleur from the Jets to be their next OC.
Rest of the staff
Once McVay fills the offensive coordinator position and has more clarity on the status of some other coaches, he can begin to fill the rest of his staff.
According to a recent report by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Rams requested permission to interview Chicago Bears assistant offensive line coach Austin Kings for their offensive line coach job. The Rams really struggled up front in 2022 so it’s not surprising to see this position being a big focus.
The Rams also requested permission to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Justin Outten, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. With multiple spots open on the Rams’ offensive staff, it’s unclear what position L.A. is interested in Outten for.
Another name to watch for as a potential coach in the secondary is Aubrey Pleasant, who previously coached for the Rams, has a strong relationship with McVay and is currently a free agent.
While it remains to be seen who exactly will be on the Rams’ staff for the 2023 season, McVay is known to find extraordinary coaches from a variety of places so he has earned the benefit of the doubt here when it comes to making hires. He and the Rams front office will likely figure out their coaching staff before March when the focus will shift toward improving the roster through free agency, trades and the draft.