Sunday, January 11, 2009

Frazier in finals;Ryan to interview Sunday in Rams job search

By Jim Thomas
Saturday, Jan. 10 2009

Things are moving at a rapid pace in the Rams’ coaching search. League sources
told the Post-Dispatch on Saturday evening that Minnesota defensive
coordinator-assistant head coach Leslie Frazier will interview with team
ownership Tuesday in Los Angeles.

That’s right, Frazier has a "bye" into the finals. He will not undergo a
preliminary interview. Instead, he joins Jim Haslett as the second known
finalist in the Rams’ coaching search.

On Sunday, Baltimore defensive coordinator-assistant head coach Rex Ryan will
undergo a preliminary interview by the Rams in Baltimore. The New York Jets
also are interviewing Ryan on Sunday in Baltimore.

League sources also told the Post-Dispatch that the Rams have moved beyond
Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and Tennessee offensive line coach
Mike Munchak. The club had expressed some initial interest in both assistant
coaches, but has decided to press on instead with its current list of

But the Rams could still request permission to talk to New York Giants
defensive coordinator Steven Spagnuolo if the Giants lose Sunday’s NFC
divisional playoff game with Philadelphia.

In another development, the Rams also will interview Mike Williams of the San
Francisco 49ers for the job of director of pro personnel. The move would be
part of the Rams’ stated goal of beefing up their pro personnel department.
Williams just completed his ninth seasons with the 49ers, and his fourth as
assistant director of pro personnel.

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