This offseason was a very important one for the Los Angeles Rams in regards to their coaching, as Jeff Fisher was let go towards the end of last season.
Owner Stan Kroenke, COO Kevin Demoff and general manager Les Snead looked to find a coach that could turn around a franchise that hasn’t made the postseason since 2004 and haven’t had a winning season since 2003.
They believe they found the coach to do that in Les Snead, who at 31-years-old becomes the youngest head coach in NFL history.
The former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator then was put in charge of putting together the rest of his coaching staff, and it appears that is now complete.
The Rams official website announced McVay’s 18-member coaching staff on Wednesday, and it includes some big names, some coaches that are returning from Fisher’s staff, and a ton of years of experience:
McVay previously announced WADE PHILLIPS as defensive coordinator on Jan. 19. Joining him as coordinators are MATT LAFLEUR who will oversee the offense and JOHN FASSEL who returns to the Rams for his sixth season as special teams coordinator.
McVay’s offensive staff will consist of ANDY DICKERSON (assistant offensive line), AARON KROMER (offensive line), ZAK KROMER (offensive quality control), GREG OLSON (quarterbacks), SKIP PEETE (running backs), ZAC TAYLOR (assistant wide receivers), SHANE WALDRON (tight ends) and ERIC YARBER (wide receivers).
Making up the defensive staff are JOE BARRY (assistant head coach/linebackers), THAD BOGARDUS (defensive quality control), EJIRO EVERO (safeties), BILL JOHNSON (defensive line), AUBREY PLEASANT (cornerbacks), and CHRIS SHULA (assistant linebackers). TED RATH (strength and conditioning) rounds out McVay’s staff and will enter his first season with the team as the strength and conditioning coach.
Phillips, who most recently served as the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, brings 40 years of NFL experience to the table and is widely known as one of the best defensive minds in football.
LaFleur coached with McVay in Washington, where he was the quarterbacks coach. He most recently served as the quarterbacks coach for the Atlanta Falcons, where he helped develop Matt Ryan into an MVP quarterback. He will look to do the same with Rams second-year signal caller Jared Goff.
Special teams coordinator John Fassel is among the coaches from Fisher’s staff that will remain with Los Angeles. He served as the team’s interim head coach after Fisher was fired.
In addition to Fassel, running backs coach Skip Peete and assistant offensive line coach Andy Dickerson will also be remaining on the staff.
With the coaching staff now complete, Snead and McVay now have the rest of the offseason to work on improving a roster that went 4-12 last season.