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PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : RAMS : Shaw Talks With Knox in Palm Springs

Ram Executive Vice President John Shaw acknowledged Monday that he conducted a “preliminary discussion” about the team’s coaching vacancy with Chuck Knox over the weekend and has set up a meeting Thursday with Mike Holmgren, the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator.

Shaw went to Knox’s home in Palm Springs Saturday.

Knox, who won five division titles in five years as the Rams’ coach in the 1970s, has an interview scheduled Friday with the Indianapolis Colts and apparently is next on the Green Bay Packers’ list should Bill Parcells turn them down.

But Knox, 59, is emerging as the Rams’ leading candidate in their search to replace John Robinson, more as a result of the reputation of Buddy Ryan, another who has been mentioned as a candidate, as a troublemaker than any other factor.

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“I’m sure there will be a subsequent interview with (Ram owner) Georgia (Frontiere),” Shaw said, referring to Knox, who resigned last week after nine years as the Seattle Seahawks’ coach.

The Rams have received permission to interview Holmgren, and believe that the 49ers would let him accept a head coaching job. The 49ers, however, might not be eager to see him move to a division rival.

“I think (allowing the Rams to interview Holmgren) was done primarily out of courtesy to John Shaw,” 49er President Carmen Policy said. "(But) it would be difficult to approve an offer that would permit Mike to go to the Rams.”


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