Rams ’08 Bail-out Plan Appears Ready
What would a new season of Ram football be like without some measure of conspiracy, a dash of scandal and a pinch of superstition?
Well one thing it wouldn’t be is Ram football.
Most people don’t think it would be fair to have fired Scott Linehan after his first year was a marked improvement from the year before, then only to have so many injuries last year all but bury the team and throw the ‘Whatcha gonna do about it Coach’ spotlight right in Linehan’s face, for which he was lost for answers to say the least.
More like lost in space from the look on his face most of the time.
But the Rams did choose to give him his junior year, much like they did when Dick Vermiel was taking it on the other side. It worked out well for him, so who knows?
But it’s not like the Rams are putting all their ewes into one manger this time.
The acquisition of Al Saunders was a huge turning point in the critically and chronically flawed coaching selection process that is the Rams front office. He is here to not only resurrect the offense, but also provide insurance just in case Linehan continues down the tube like scrubbing bubbles.
If things don’t go well in ’08, and fairly quickly, you can make a good bet that Saunders will get the nod over Haslett, at least in the interim. Saunders, after all, was already a part of the Greatest Show teams before he was hid under a bushel and intellectually locked away in Washington with the Redskins while Haslett, with all his fire and intensity has already had the chance to be Head Coach. What that entire venture proved was that he should be focused specifically on his area of expertise, confusing opposing offenses and keep them guessing, by guessing himself.
But this way the newly headed front offices can not be the bad guy and do what everyone and Scott’s brother hoped they would do and fire Linehan, and still be prepared at the same time.
It’s like evil genius. It’s beautiful.
Hope it works.