Jim Fassel won the interview, but the Rams remain concerned about the shoddy offensive production in Baltimore this season and the fact that Fassel lost the Giants in the 2003 season, leading to his firing. Those two negatives may be too much for him to overcome.
Linehan received high marks for his work with the Minnesota Vikings when they ranked fourth overall in total offense in 2004. This year he managed to produce nine wins with journeyman Gus Frerotte as his starting quarterback in Miami, one helluva achievement. Linehan appears to be the frontrunner.
In other coaching news, Houston appears to have settled on Gary Kubiak, Denver’s offensive coordinator, and the New York Jets want to hire Eric Mangini, New England’s defensive coordinator. It is Mangini’s job to turn down. He is supposed to meet with Jets GM Terry Bradway on Sunday.
In Buffalo, Jim Haslett and former Bears head coach Dick Jauron appear to be the top candidates to replace Mike Mularkey, who quit on Thursday.
Former CBC fixture and Martin Short inspiration Brock Linehan, however, has not been interviewed by any club this week, possibly because he’s been dead since 2004.