The Rams wrapped up a busy weekend of coach interviews Sunday, but Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan remains something of a moving target who will not be interviewed by the Rams until after Saturday’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Rams on Sunday met with Buffalo Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn and Jacksonville interim coach Doug Marrone. They also were scheduled to interview Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, but will meet with Joseph later this week, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
But the Shanahan interview remains perhaps the most intriguing.
Shanahan, the architect of the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, was scheduled to be interviewed by the Rams in Atlanta this weekend. However, after Rams personnel met with New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia on Saturday, snowy weather prevented the Rams contingent from traveling.
The Falcons’ window for allowing interviews ended Saturday, but the Rams worked out an arrangement to interview Shanahan the day after their divisional playoff game against the Seahawks at the Georgia Dome, the person with knowledge of the situation said.
Whoever is hired as the Rams coach will have a new defensive coordinator.
The Cleveland Browns officially announced the hiring of former Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to replace the fired Ray Horton. The Browns finished 1-15 this season under first-year Coach Hue Jackson.
“[Williams] adapts his scheme to maximize the strengths of his personnel and has always been able to get the most out of his players,” Jackson said in a statement. “We look forward to him coming in, helping our players improve and helping us become the winning team we are all working towards.”
Said Williams in a statement: “I have so much respect for Hue having competed against him in this league for so many years. We're looking forward to getting to work.”
The Rams’ attempt to fix their NFL-worst offense continued during interviews Sunday.
Lynn, 48, is regarded as one of the top candidates to land the full-time job with Buffalo but he has interviewed with several teams.
Lynn began this season as the Bills’ running-backs coach. He was promoted to offensive coordinator after Rex Ryan fired Greg Roman two games into the season. Lynn became interim coach after Ryan was fired before the final game.
Lynn oversaw a run-first attack that ranked first in rushing at 164.4 yards per page, and 16th in total offense at 354.1 yards per game. The Bills were 10th in scoring, averaging 24.9 points per game.
Marrone, 52, coached the Bills for two seasons before joining the Jacksonville Jaguars staff as an assistant head coach for offense and offensive-line coach in 2015.
He was named interim coach after Gus Bradley was fired Dec. 18.
The Jaguars averaged 334.9 yards per game, which ranked 23rd, and 19.9 points, which ranked 25th.
The Rams also have interviewed interim coach John Fassel, Carolina secondary coach Steve Wilks, Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay and Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin.
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