No matter how many calls there are for Scott Linehan’s job in St. Louis, Rams management is determined not to fire its head coach this season unless the situation deteriorates and fans stay away from games.
After the season, anything is possible. But this season, the Rams preference is to wait.
Yet, if the situation should deteriorate, the changes could be radical. Linehan and top executive Jay Zygmunt now are fully aligned, and if one goes, both are likely to go. And if the Rams decide to make an in-season change, many expect that offensive coordinator Al Saunders and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett would be the logical interim successors as head coach.
But do not forget about Rams assistant Henry Ellard, who has drawn the attention of the organization. Ellard is practically a Rams lifer, a successful player for the organization and now the wide receivers coach, a position he has held since 2001. He might be the leading candidate to take over if the Rams resort to doing what they don’t want to this season.