PDA

View Full Version : Rams Plan To Pursue Rivera



elite14eva
01-14-2006, 07:22 PM
RAMS PLAN TO PURSUE RIVERA



Contrary to published reports that Dolphins offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is now the front runner for the head coaching job in St. Louis, we're hearing that the guy on whom the team actually is focusing is Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.



Chris Mortensen of ESPN says that Linehan had an "impressive interview (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2292192)" this week.



So if the Rams like him so much, why don't they marry him?



The fact that Linehan hasn't been hired means that, in our view, he's really not the guy. The guy is with a team that is still playing (the Bears) and the guy is likely to be hired not long after the Bears play their final game.



We're not saying that Mort's info is wrong. Our guess is that the team might be trying to get the word out that Linehan is a solid candidate in order to leverage a better contract with Rivera, especially since the team is on the hook for more than $3 million to former coach Mike Martz if, as it appears, Martz doesn't get an NFL gig for 2006.



It's no different than the team with the top pick in the draft negotiating with multiple players, just as the 49ers did last year.



Assume that we're right (we know it's hard to do), and that the Rams prefer Rivera. But if they can get Linehan for $1.5 million a year and Rivera digs in at $2.5 million, it might be enough to make a difference.



Of course, Rivera first must believe that the Rams are serious about Linehan in order for the ploy to work. Thus, the Rams put out misinformation regarding their interest in Linehan, and suddenly Rivera might not be inclined to drive such a hard bargain.



Besides, why would the team with a Greatest Show on Turf hangover hire a guy with less of a resume than Martz had at the time he was hired? Sure, Linehan did fairly well in three seasons as Vikings' offensive coordinator. But the fact that Linehan didn't even merit an interview in Minnesota sends a subtle (to say the least) message about whether the team that knows him better than any other NFL franchise regards him as Penske material.



And don't forget that there were rumors that Linehan was on the outs this year with his current boss, Fins coach Nick Saban. Although the offensive attack got turned around late in the season, we've heard that it happened only because Saban got more involved.



Of course, we might be wrong on this. Maybe Linehan is the guy.



And maybe they haven't hired him yet because they want to give him the least amount of time possible to assemble a staff.-PFT

Nublar7
01-14-2006, 07:24 PM
I hope PFT is right. I was going to root for the Bears to beat the Panthers tomorrow, but maybe I will be going for the Panthers now.

Killer_Dolphins
01-14-2006, 07:24 PM
Man that is great news! Hope he doesn't get the job. How selfish of me huh.

BIGRED11
01-14-2006, 07:41 PM
RAMS PLAN TO PURSUE RIVERA




Contrary to published reports that Dolphins offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is now the front runner for the head coaching job in St. Louis, we're hearing that the guy on whom the team actually is focusing is Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.



Chris Mortensen of ESPN says that Linehan had an "impressive interview (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2292192)" this week.



So if the Rams like him so much, why don't they marry him?



The fact that Linehan hasn't been hired means that, in our view, he's really not the guy. The guy is with a team that is still playing (the Bears) and the guy is likely to be hired not long after the Bears play their final game.



We're not saying that Mort's info is wrong. Our guess is that the team might be trying to get the word out that Linehan is a solid candidate in order to leverage a better contract with Rivera, especially since the team is on the hook for more than $3 million to former coach Mike Martz if, as it appears, Martz doesn't get an NFL gig for 2006.



It's no different than the team with the top pick in the draft negotiating with multiple players, just as the 49ers did last year.



Assume that we're right (we know it's hard to do), and that the Rams prefer Rivera. But if they can get Linehan for $1.5 million a year and Rivera digs in at $2.5 million, it might be enough to make a difference.



Of course, Rivera first must believe that the Rams are serious about Linehan in order for the ploy to work. Thus, the Rams put out misinformation regarding their interest in Linehan, and suddenly Rivera might not be inclined to drive such a hard bargain.



Besides, why would the team with a Greatest Show on Turf hangover hire a guy with less of a resume than Martz had at the time he was hired? Sure, Linehan did fairly well in three seasons as Vikings' offensive coordinator. But the fact that Linehan didn't even merit an interview in Minnesota sends a subtle (to say the least) message about whether the team that knows him better than any other NFL franchise regards him as Penske material.



And don't forget that there were rumors that Linehan was on the outs this year with his current boss, Fins coach Nick Saban. Although the offensive attack got turned around late in the season, we've heard that it happened only because Saban got more involved.



Of course, we might be wrong on this. Maybe Linehan is the guy.



And maybe they haven't hired him yet because they want to give him the least amount of time possible to assemble a staff.-PFT


MAN THATS BLURRY....SORRY IM AN ***

FINSTER
01-14-2006, 09:19 PM
Man that is great news! Hope he doesn't get the job. How selfish of me huh.

Nothing selfish about it at all.........how many years were the Patriots able to hold on to their coordinators before last year? We get Linehan for one year and already the rest of the league is seemingly ready for him as a HC. Oh well.....

finfansince72
01-15-2006, 03:31 AM
Well if we lose Lineham the new OCoordinator is probaly not going to want Gus, thats the only plus I can see if we bring a new one in here. Who knows, if Martz doesnt get a job as a HC maybe he will want to come here as an OC.

Jaj
01-15-2006, 04:54 AM
I'd be fine with that IF Saban pummeled him like Vermeil used to do when Martz didn't run enough.