The St. Louis Rams hired Nolan Cromwell to coach the wide receivers, the team
announced. Cromwell replaces Charlie Baggett, who left to join the coaching
staff at the University of Tennessee.
Cromwell, a veteran NFL assistant coach and former All-Pro defensive back, joins the Rams coaching staff in his 17th NFL season after spending the past two years in the college ranks as the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M. Cromwell spent nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks as the wide receivers coach from 1999-2007. He also spent time with the Packers coaching wide receivers in 1998 and as the special teams coach from 1992-97. Cromwell began his coaching career as a defensive and special teams assistant for the Rams in 1991.
"I am pleased to add Nolan to our staff," said Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo. "Nolan brings 17 years of coaching experience and experience as an NFL player. He has tutored receivers at Green Bay and Seattle."
Cromwell's coaching tenure has lead him to three Super Bowls and four NFC West Division titles. During his time at Green Bay, Cromwell helped Pro Bowler Antonio Freeman lead the NFL in 1998 with 1,424 receiving yards on 84 catches.
A second-round draft choice by the Rams, Cromwell played his entire 11-year NFL career (1977-87) for the Rams' organization. He earned Pro Bowl honors four times, was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1980, and was named NFL Defensive Back of the Year by Football Digest in 1984.
"I am excited to be back with the Rams family," said Cromwell. "I appreciate Coach Spagnuolo for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to working with the receivers on our roster and the coaching staff."
He ended his NFL career as the Rams' all-time leader in interception return yardage with 671 yards on 37 interceptions. He played in Super Bowl XIV against the Steelers after the 1979 season.
Cromwell played collegiately at the University of Kansas, starting out as a defensive back his first two years and switching to quarterback as a junior. He set several records as a wishbone quarterback rushing for 1,124 yards in 1975 earning Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year accolades as well as All-America honors. Cromwell was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
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