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Rams Uncertain About Who Will Be Offensive Coordinator in 2016

The Rams will have a decision to make on who will be their offensive coordinator going into next season.

At his season-ending press conference, Rams coach Jeff Fisher complimented the job Rob Boras did serving as the team’s offensive coordinator after the late-season switch in roles. 

But while Fisher praised Boras, he left the door open for another coach to fill that position for 2016. Then reports surfaced that the Rams had interest in former Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, which show they are uncertain about going into next season with Boras at the helm.

This much everybody knows for certain — the Rams need to get better offensively. 

“We’ve got our work cut out for us this offseason,” Fisher said at his season-ending press conference. “That’s where we’ve got to go. We’ve got to score points. You’re going to have games where you’re going to win 17-10. You’re going to play some really good defensive teams, but your defense has to step up as well. In all those games, our defense gave up way too many plays as well. Points and third down efficiency and red zone are very, very important to us.” 

The Rams (7-9) finished seventh in rushing yards (122.2 per game), but were 29th in points (17.5) and last in the NFL in both passing yardage (175.3) and total yardage (297.6). 

The fact that the running game, led by rookie Todd Gurley, was so good highlights just how poor the passing game was. Though there are some reasons for optimism going forward.

“There are some highlights,” Fisher said. “There are some good things offensively. You talk about (18) sacks over the course of a season. It’s pretty impressive how we protected the quarterback, especially over the last few weeks once we settled down up front. We have a lot to look forward to as far as our offensive line and our run game and the talent we have outside, which we’ll add to. I thought Rob (Boras) did a good job getting the ball to Tavon (Austin) whenever possible. He’s a very explosive player.”

The Rams’ next step will be for Fisher to settle on an offensive coordinator, whether it is Boras or DiFilippo or whoever else it may be when the offseason coaching carousel stops spinning. 

Fisher praised the work that Case Keenum did after the switch from Nick Foles as the team’s starter, but there are plenty of questions about whether Keenum can be the right guy going into next season.

As it stands, the Rams could have Keenum, Foles and 2015 draft pick Sean Mannion as their three quarterbacks going into next season. Or they could add another as either a free agent or in the draft. They’ll have some options, though there doesn’t appear to be a surefire solution to improve the position in a significant way.

The Rams could return their top seven pass catchers from this past season — Austin (52 receptions), Jared Cook (39), Kenny Britt (36), Benny Cunningham (26), Lance Kendricks (25), Gurley (21) and Tre Mason (18) — but will need to add to their wide receiving corps with Stedman Bailey playing future in doubt and with former second-round pick Brian Quick becoming an unrestricted free agent.  

The Rams will have plenty of questions to answer this offseason, but they are well aware what they will need to focus on to get better. First, they need to decide on who will lead the offense. 

You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter at @NateLatsch or email him at natelatsch@gmail.com


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