Linehan plans his own show on Rams' turf
ST. LOUIS -- New St. Louis coach Scott Linehan promises an aggressive offense, something that will look very familiar to the Rams.
Linehan was introduced on Friday, a day after signing a four-year contract. The former Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator plans on calling his own plays, but he pledged not to forget about the defense.
"Sometimes you get that little brother syndrome," Linehan said. "A lot of that is bringing them into the fold. You've got to have the same goals in reverse order."
The 42-year-old Linehan was offensive coordinator of the Dolphins last year and the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator the two seasons before that. Rams president John Shaw described Linehan as "one of the young, bright offensive minds in the NFL."
Shaw said Linehan stood out during a 17-day interview process.
"After all of these interviews, it was clear to us that coach Linehan should be the next coach of the St. Louis Rams," Shaw said.
Linehan replaces Mike Martz, who was fired one day after the Rams finished a 6-10 season. This is Linehan's first head coaching job at any level.
"I don't think anybody can tell you or prepare you for all the things I need to be told and prepared to be a head coach who's ready to go out there today," Linehan said. "You really don't know what path it's going to take you, but you're always preparing yourself for this day."
The hiring was finalized after Linehan met with majority owner Georgia Frontiere in Arizona.
"I had a wonderful meeting with Georgia," Linehan said. "It's just been a great experience. I feel very honored to be selected."
Guard Adam Timmerman said it was a good move for the Rams to hire an offensive coach.
"One of our strengths has been our offense," Timmerman said. "It's good to have an offensive coach who really is going to know how to use those things rather than do a full 180 and try to get a defensive guy."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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