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Let’s Rank All Of The Los Angeles Rams Head Coaches



12. Steve Spagnuolo


Years Coached: 2009-2011

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 10-38


Some guys just weren’t meant to be head coaches in the NFL. Steve Spagnuolo is a great defensive coordinator in the NFL, but his time as head coach with the Rams was just pure disgusting. After having a lot of success as DC for the New York Giants, the Rams hired Spagnuolo and were expecting him to turn around a franchise that hadn’t been to the playoffs in five seasons. He never could achieve that goal. After a disastrous 1-15 season in his first year, the team showed signs of improving the next year when they went 7-9. What you can’t do as a head coach is have your team regress back to where they were when you took over. That’s what happened in 2011 when the Rams went 2-14 and that spelled the end of days for Spagnuolo in St. Louis.


11. Scott Linehan


Years Coached: 2006-2008

Total Games Coached: 36

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 11-25


I personally know a relative of Scott Linehan’s, so that bias alone makes me want to rank the guy higher on this list. However, the one thing you can’t deny is how shitty the Rams were under Linehan’s watch and I couldn’t possibly justify ranking him any higher here. His first season with the Rams wasn’t that bad as they went 8-8 and just barely missed out on making the playoffs. Not too shabby, right? And then it happened. The Rams followed that season up with a 3-13 season and when Linehan’s team started out 0-4 the following year….it was BUH BYE for Scott Linehan.


10. Rich Brooks


Years Coached: 1995-1996

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 13-19


Rich Brooks was the long-time head coach at the University of Oregon who had turned the Duck program from garbage into a somewhat respectable program. His success at Oregon led to him getting the head coaching job with the St. Louis Rams in the NFL. Brooks was taking over a team that had been a dumpster fire for five straight seasons and had become the laughing-stock of the NFL. Well, unfortunately for Brooks, he just wasn’t the man for the job. Brooks’ teams were very average during his tenure with the Rams and he was fired after the 1996 season. Just another example of a guy who never should have left the University of Oregon for “a better job” (the curse is real my friends).


9. Jeff Fisher


Years Coached: 2012-2016

Total Games Coached: 77

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 31-45-1


Jeff Fisher used to be a pretty good NFL head coach. He spent 17 seasons as head coach of the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans and had various levels of success. His best year was in 1999 when the Titans went 13-3 and made it all the way to the Super Bowl before losing to the Rams. Unfortunately for Fisher, his teams didn’t win enough and after a while it was time for the Titans and the head coach to go their separate ways (a seven-year drought with no playoff victories will usually lead to that). Fisher wasn’t out of work for long as he took a year off and jumped back into the coaching ranks, this time as head coach of the Rams. It’s an ongoing joke that Fisher’s teams like to finish around the 7-9 or 8-8 mark and unfortunately it’s true. In three out of his first four seasons as Rams head coach, Fisher flirted with the 7-9 mark (technically going 7-8-1 in 2012). In 2016, with a #1 pick at the QB position and the world’s eyes on him thanks to HBO’s Hard Knocks, Fisher said he was done with the “7-9 bullshit” even acknowledging his own shortcomings. The joke was on him though as the Rams fired him when he started out 4-9. He has yet to coach in the NFL again and probably never should.


8. Tommy Prothro


Years Coached: 1971-1972

Total Games Coached: 28

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 14-12-2


Tommy Prothro was a long-time college football head coach who jumped to the pros in 1971 when he accepted the head coaching job of the Los Angeles Rams. Prothro’s stint as Rams head coach was very short. The Rams went 8-5-1 under Prothro in his first season and after a 6-7-1 record the following season, the Rams fired him. Prothro wasn’t happy about this either as he quickly filed a lawsuit against the Rams and the two sides settled on an agreement out-of-court. Prothro took a year off before serving as the head coach of the San Diego Chargers for five seasons.


7. George Allen


Years Coached: 1966-1970

Total Games Coached: 70

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 49-17-4


George Allen is a Hall-of-Fame coach who coached in the NFL for twelve seasons and never had a losing season. He spent five seasons in Los Angeles as head coach of the Rams and made it to the conference championship game twice. He was fired after the 1970 season due to differences with the team’s owner, but he quickly went on to find success with the Washington Redskins, so I think he was okay with that decision.


6. Sean McVay


Years Coached: 2017-present

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 24-8


When the Rams hired Sean McVay in 2017, it was met with a lot of criticism. McVay was only 30 years old at the time and was now the youngest head coach ever hired in NFL history. It was a huge gamble by the Rams and it’s paid off tremendously thus far. In his first season with the team, McVay took a team that hadn’t been to the playoffs in 12+ seasons and returned them to the post-season after finishing 11-5. What he did for an encore was even better. The Rams were one of the NFL’s best teams in 2018 and made it all the way to the Super Bowl before losing to the New England Patriots. What else does McVay have up his sleeve? In just two seasons as head coach of the Rams, he’s already accomplished a lot. A few more seasons like he just had and he’ll easily go down in the record books as the best head coach in Rams history.


5. John Robinson


Years Coached: 1983-1991

Total Games Coached: 143

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 75-68


John Robinson is the longest tenured head coach in Rams history. He’s coached more games for the Rams than anyone else and it isn’t even close. The former USC head coach was hired by the Rams in 1983 and had immediate success. His first seven seasons were easily his most successful as the Rams enjoyed six winning seasons and two appearances in the NFC Championship during that time. Unfortunately that was the highlight of Robinson’s success as Rams coach. His teams were always good, but they just weren’t good enough. You know what matters in the NFL right? Super Bowl titles people.


4. Mike Martz


Years Coached: 2000-2005

Total Games Coached: 85

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 53-32


Mike Martz gets a bad rap from NFL fans because of the offense he runs. It’s wildly known throughout the NFL world that Martz runs one of the most complicated offenses to figure out, but what you can’t argue with is the success he had as Rams head coach in the early-2000’s. Sure, he was handed a great team from previous coach Dick Vermiel’s regime, but Martz still got results. In six seasons as head coach of the Rams, Martz made the playoffs four times. The highlight of his tenure was easily in 2001 when the Rams finished 14-2 and made it all the way to the Super Bowl before losing to the New England Patriots. Things started to get a little slippery after that. The Rams only won one playoff game after that Super Bowl loss and Martz started to butt heads with the Rams owners as well as the fans themselves. The two parties had a messy divorce following the 2005 season, but you can never take away the 2001 Super Bowl which introduced as to Tom Brady.


3. Ray Malavasi


Years Coached: 1978-1982

Total Games Coached: 73

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 40-33


Ray Malavasi coached the Rams for five seasons and most of them were all before I was born. He got the team to their first ever Super Bowl appearance in just his second season and that’s one thing you’ll never be able to take away from him. His teams started to slowly fall off a cliff after that (SUPER BOWL HANGOVER SUCK!), but it is what it is. He gets bonus points for appearing on an episode of “Fantasy Island” while serving as head coach of the Rams. Any head coach who does television immediately shoots up the rankings.


2. Chuck Knox


Years Coached: 1973-1977 (first-stint), 1992-1994 (second-stint)

Total Games Coached: 118

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 69-48-1


Chuck Knox was a longtime offensive line coach in the NFL who finally got his big break as head coach in 1973 when the Rams gave him a shot. People didn’t know what to expect with Knox as head coach, but he did a fantastic job and was the Rams head coach for what was easily the most successful stint in Rams history. From 1973-1977 under Knox, the Rams never finished worse than 10-3-1 and made it to THREE STRAIGHT NFC CHAMPIONSHIPS! Yes, they never made it to the Super Bowl or actually won the NFC, but what Knox was able to accomplish in his five seasons in Los Angeles was still really stellar. Knox ended up leaving the Rams after the 1977 season to join the Buffalo Bills as head coach, but he came back for a second-stint with the team in 1992. During that time, Knox’s teams never had a winning record and they missed the playoffs all three years before Knox finally retired following the 1994 season. It just proves that you can never go home again. Chuck Knox may have never won a Super Bowl as Rams head coach and he would easily be #1 if it wasn’t for…….


1. Dick Vermeil


Years Coached: 1997-1999

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 22-26


The G.O.A.T. of head coaching when it comes to the Los Angeles Rams. What do you value as a head coach? Do you want a guy with longevity, but never actually won anything worth a damn? John Robinson should probably be #1 on your list of “Greatest Rams Coaches Ever”. Do you want a guy who can almost take you to the promised land but right before you get there…you don’t actually make it? Chuck Knox should probably be #1 on your list of “Greatest Rams Coaches Ever”. You know what I value people? Super Bowl titles. Dick Vermeil may have only coached the Rams for three seasons and yes, two out of three of those seasons were losing years, but the guy is the only Rams coach who can claim that he has a Super Bowl title to his name. Vermeil’s Super Bowl winning team in 1999 was one of the biggest “come out of nowhere” teams we’ve ever seen. The Rams went from a 4-12 team in 1998, had their starting quarterback go out with an injury in the pre-season, had a former grocery clerk step in as back-up QB (Kurt Warner), and all of a sudden we get the “GREATEST SHOW ON TURF” and the Rams are hoisting a Super Bowl trophy at the end of the year. It should be made into a movie, and when they go to cast the role of Dick Vermeil…they should use a goat.