Rams Interviewed Big Name for Defensive Coordinator Over the Weekend

The Los Angeles Rams reportedly interviewed former Commanders head coach Ron Rivera for their vacant defensive coordinator role.

Dec 24, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA;  Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera pregame
Dec 24, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera pregame / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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With defensive coordinator Raheem Morris heading to Atlanta to become their head coach, the Los Angeles Rams are on the hunt to find their next defensive coordinator.

It won’t be easy to find Morris’ replacement, as he was the Rams' defensive coordinator for the last three seasons. However, Los Angeles has already started the interview process for its DC opening and is kicking the tires on a former NFC East head coach.

Rams Rumors: Los Angeles Interviews Ron Rivera for DC Position

Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports reported Monday that former Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera interviewed with the Rams over the weekend for their vacant defensive coordinator.

This is Rivera’s second interview for a defensive coordinator job, as he previously spoke with the Philadelphia Eagles about their vacancy. The veteran head coach was fired by the Commanders on Jan. 8, wrapping up a four-year stint in the nation’s capital.

Rivera only made the playoffs once with the Commanders, which was the year they finished 7-9 (2020). This season, Washington finished with a humiliating four wins and in the basement of the NFC East.

Before the 62-year-old Rivera arrived in Washington D.C., he was the Carolina Panthers' head coach for nine seasons. Not to mention, Rivera also has defensive coordinator experience as he was the DC with the Chicago Bears (2004-06) and the San Diego Chargers (2008-10).

It will be interesting to see if Rivera can land a coordinator opportunity, as vacancies are starting to fill up across the league. The Cowboys are another team that expressed interest in the 62-year-old coach as a potential defensive coordinator replacement for Dan Quinn. However, it’s not certain Quinn will land one of the last two head coach openings (Seattle Seahawks and Commanders).

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