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Rams to hire Miami coordinator Linehan as coach

Updated: January 19, 2006, 11:00 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Continuing the runaway trend toward hiring first-time head coaches, the St. Louis Rams have chosen Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Scott Linehan as the successor to the deposed Mike Martz.

Linehan will be introduced as the Rams' head coach at a news conference Friday.

The choice of Linehan came Wednesday evening after St. Louis officials concluded the last interview with the three finalists, a meeting with highly regarded Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. ...

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