To the surprise of no one, the coaching tenure of Scott Linehan in St.Louis is over. The Rams canned the awful Linehan on Monday, one day after St.Louis played hard, but gave up 25 second half points to the Bills and lost 31-14. Linehan was on the hot seat after the team limped out of the gate and got blown out in their first three games badly.
He went 11-25 in his time with the Rams, and had been outscored in 2008 147-43. “I have enormous respect for Scott Linehan as a person and believe under the right circumstances he will be regarded one day as a fine head coach,” owner Chip Rosenbloom said in a release. “Unfortunately, the situation with the Rams as they exist today is no longer acceptable and we have to make a change.”
The team is going to turn to defensive coordinator and former Saints coach Jim Haslett to take over for Linehan. Since they do it heading into the bye week, at least Haslett will get some time to get things on his terms with his team. Linehan’s last gasp at trying to get a win included this past week sitting popular and high priced QB Marc Bulger for Trent Green, which clearly was not the answer to the teams woes.
This season is the second straight the teams has started 0-4. Last season was just as bad, and the team finished 3-13 and had the second overall pick in the draft. Things seemed to be headed in the right direction for the Rams after 06, as the team went 8-8 in Linehan’s first season. The team rallied to win four of its last six games after Linehan turned over play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Greg Olson.
No matter. It was time to cut ties, and for the Rams, there is plenty of talent on a team that has clearly underachieved for the past few seasons, and now it was time for someone to take the fall, and that someone had to be Linehan.