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Rams assistant QBs coach leaving to be Kentucky offensive coordinator

Rams assistant quarterbacks coach Liam Coen smiles on the field before a game.
Liam Coen, shown on the field before a game Nov. 1, has been on Rams coach Sean McVay’s staff for three seasons.
(Doug Murray / Associated Press)

Liam Coen, assistant quarterbacks coach for the Rams, will join the University of Kentucky staff as offensive coordinator, the school announced Tuesday.

Coen, 34, has been a member of Rams coach Sean McVay’s staff for three seasons. He was an assistant receivers coach in 2017 and 2018.

Coen has experience as an offensive coordinator at the college level. Before joining the Rams, he was Maine’s offensive coordinator in 2016 and 2017. Coen also coached at Massachusetts, where he played quarterback, and at Brown.

At Kentucky, Coen replaces Eddie Gran, who was fired by coach Mark Stoops on Dec. 6.

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The Rams have a chance to wrap up a playoff berth Sunday against the 0-13 New York Jets and pick up their first three-game winning streak this season.

Rams moves

The Rams signed punter Brandon Wright to the practice squad, the team announced.

The move is the latest by a Rams team that is stockpiling specialists as a precaution against COVID-19-related roster complications should any affect punter Johnny Hekker, kicker Matt Gay or long-snapper Jake McQuaide during the last three games or the playoffs.

Kicker Austin MacGinnis and long-snapper Colin Holba also are on the practice squad.

The Rams protected MacGinnis, Wright and Holba, preventing another team from signing them before the Rams’ game on Sunday against the New York Jets at SoFi Stadium.

Wright was a kicker and punter in college at Georgia State, where he made 32 of 54 field-goal attempts and averaged 43.3 yards per punt.

Wright signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars before this season. He was on the practice squad before he was activated to the roster for a Sept. 24 game against the Miami Dolphins. Wright made one of two extra-point attempts and suffered a groin injury during the 31-13 defeat.

He was placed on injured reserve and subsequently waived.


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