The Rams' search for a new coach continued Saturday in New England but hit a snag before it could move to Atlanta.
Rams personnel interviewed
The Falcons’ window for allowing interviews ended Saturday, so the Rams would need to work with the team to possibly interview Shanahan before the Falcons’ Jan. 14 playoff game against the
Along with a new coach, the Rams apparently will have a new defensive coordinator.
Experience as defensive coordinators is what sets Patricia and Vance Joseph apart from the majority of other known candidates in the Rams' search for a head coach.
With the Rams coming off two consecutive seasons as the
McDaniels and Shanahan are currently the most high-profile, but Washington's Sean McVay and Arizona's Harold Goodwin interviewed last week, and Buffalo interim coach Anthony Lynn and Jacksonville interim coach Doug Marrone are expected to be interviewed this week.
Like Carolina secondary coach Steve Wilks, who interviewed last week, Patricia and Joseph both schemed against the Rams this season and came away with victories.
Patricia, 42, was an offensive lineman and studied aeronautical engineering in college and worked as an engineer before beginning his coaching career at the college level. He joined the New England staff in 2004, and held various positions before he was named defensive coordinator in 2012.
The Patriots ranked eighth in the NFL in defense this season, giving up 326.4 yards per game. They gave up only 15.6 points per game, fewest in the NFL.
On Dec. 4, the Patriots defeated the Rams, 26-10, at Gillette Stadium. The Rams gained only 162 yards, and rookie quarterback
Joseph, 44, is in his first season as the
The Dolphins' defense ranked 29th in the NFL this season, giving up 382.6 yards per game. They gave up 23.8 points per game, which ranked 18th.
On Nov. 20, Joseph and the Dolphins went up against Goff in his first start. Miami limited the Rams to 227 yards in a 14-10 victory at the Coliseum.
The Rams could meet with Joseph next week after the Dolphins play Pittsburgh in Sunday's AFC playoff game.