The toughest part of the offseason is already out of the way for the Los Angeles Rams, as they ended their head coaching search by hiring Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay.
The next challenge that McVay and the front office faces is putting together a coaching staff to help out the first time head coach, who is the youngest coach ever at 30-years-old.
That process is already off to a good start, as they reportedly have reached an agreement with Wade Phillips to be the team’s defensive coordinator. Phillips has been a coach in the NFL for 40 years and is widely known as one of the best defensive minds in the game.
The other coaching positions are slowly beginning to fill out as well, as according to Greg Beacham of the Associated Press, special teams coordinator will be retaining his position and will remain on the staff:
Special teams coordinator John Fassel will remain on Rams' staff under McVay. Kevin Demoff also says Wade Phillips deal is basically done.
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) January 13, 2017
Fassel was the team’s interim head coach after Jeff Fisher was fired, as went 0-3 to close out the season. That wasn’t necessarily Fassel’s fault, as he isn’t a head coach and he didn’t have much to work with.
The 43-year-old has been the team’s special teams coordinator since 2012. Before that he served as the assistant special teams coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 2005-07, special teams quality control coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2009 and special teams coordinator of the Raiders until 2011.
Many of the current Rams players have spoken very highly of Fassel, and will likely be happy to learn that he will be remaining with the organization.