Rams: Haslett no longer a candidate

The Rams have officially crossed one name off their list of head-coaching candidates: Jim Haslett.

Rams general manager Billy Devaney announced in a statement on Thursday that Haslett, the team’s interim coach, will not be back at the helm in a full-time capacity next season. The Rams went 2-10 under Haslett this season after Scott Linehan was fired.

“Jim took over an impossible situation,” Devaney said. “He kept the team focused and playing hard and, as an organization, we are much better off for his contribution.

“We decided that, after going through the interview process and in the spirit of that process, it was best to let Jim know that we are going to go in a new direction.”

Devaney said earlier this week he hopes to have a coach in place before the Under Armour Senior Bowl on Jan. 24. The Rams’ short list of candidates is reported to include Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

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