Rams fire Linehan

Rams fire Linehan

Mon 29th, September 2008

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – The St. Louis Rams have fired head coach Scott Linehan after an 0-4 start to the 2008 season.

The decision came Monday morning after club officials met in the wake of Sunday’s 31-14 loss to Buffalo.

“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,” said Rams owner and chairman Chip Rosenbloom in a statement. “Unfortunately, the situation with the Rams as they exist today is no longer acceptable and we have to make a change.”

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, a former head coach with the New Orleans Saints, will take over on an interim basis.

“We do this with a heavy heart, and we thank Scott for his efforts and dedication on behalf of the Rams,” Rosenbloom added. “By appointing the well- respected Jim Haslett as our head coach, we are making an interim move that we hope will make the Rams winners again.”

The Rams were 8-8 in Linehan’s first season of 2006 and finished a dismal 3-13 last year after an 0-8 start, leading to speculation that the coach’s job would likely be in jeopardy with another rough start to the current campaign.

After losing the first three games of the season, Linehan followed by benching quarterback Marc Bulger for this past Sunday’s game against Buffalo. The move was apparently unpopular, as some players voiced their displeasure.

Linehan had no previous head coaching experience before taking over the position with the Rams. He was the offensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins for the 2005 season after spending the previous three years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach with Minnesota.

Haslett, in his third year with the Rams, spent six seasons as head coach of the Saints from 2000 through 2005, guiding the club to a record of 45-51. New Orleans won the NFC West in Haslett’s first season with a 10-6 mark and beat the Rams in a first-round playoff game, but the Saints failed to reach the postseason in his remaining five years.

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