The Los Angeles Rams have parted ways with several members of the coaching staff, per the NFL’s internal transaction wire.
The Rams have relieved special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, offensive line coach Kevin Carberry, defensive backs coach Jonathan Cooley, assistant defensive line coach Skyler Jones and defensive assistant Lance Schulters of their duties. The wire also noted the departure of Liam Coen. who took a job with the University of Kentucky to become their offensive coordinator.
With head coach Sean McVay announcing he would return as head coach for the 2023 season, changes to his staff were already expected. The Rams finished with a 5-12 record, the worst since McVay took over the team and when a team falls short of expectations that badly, then people will always be let go.
Every year since McVay has manned the sidelines, he has had to replace key members of his staff though this offseason presents perhaps his biggest challenge with so many roles needing to be filled. The defensive side of the field looks to be a major emphasis for McVay and L.A. as that unit largely struggled down the stretch after a strong start to the year.
Injuries are primarily to blame for the defense’s skid as Aaron Donald missed the end of the season due to a high ankle sprain. Aside from Donald, the Rams also saw starters in Jordan Fuller, A’Shawn Robinson and Troy Hill miss time due to various ailments. Leonard Floyd and Greg Gaines also played hurt, limiting their effectiveness on the field.
The offensive line situation was also a mess caused by all the injuries, with the Rams have to start a different group almost every week. While Carberry couldn’t have done much more, it still does not excuse the poor execution from the o-line dating back to Week 1. This will surely be a group that will be addressed via free agency and the draft, though a new coach should also help for next season.
Letting go of DeCamillis is also a reminder that special teams has been a weakpoint for Los Angeles since McVay came aboard. That phase of the game has left much to be desired, so hopefully the next person McVay hires is able to produce better results.
Aside from the personnel that was let go, McVay might also need to find a new defensive coordinator as Raheem Morris has been interviewing for head coach positions. The coaching staff for 2023 might look vastly different, and it’ll be interesting to see how McVay goes about hiring replacements.