St Louis Rams Shooting for Frank Cignetti to be OC
By Nick Wagoner, ESPN.com
Even when an official announcement has not been done yet and will probably be until next week, the team has confirmed on Thursday night that coach Jeff Fisher is promoting quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti to offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams. The Rams new offensive coordinator is now Frank Cignetti. Which it was a tough call for Fisher when it came to deciding between Cignetti and tight ends coach Rob Boras, but ultimately decided to give Cignetti the coordinator title. Boras will also get a promotion to a job that is expected to include the title of assistant head coach/offense. This changes on the coaching area will really help the Rams’s odds for the 2015 season and improve their chances to get to the postseason.
This promotion gives Frank Cignetti his first opportunity to be a coordinator in the NFL. He previously held that job at five major college stops: Fresno State (2002-05), North Carolina (2006), California in 2008, Pittsburgh (2009-2010) and Rutgers (2011).
Boras doesn’t have the same extensive resume guiding offenses, which could have raised up the scales to Cignetti. Boras was a coordinator for just three years at UNLV from 2001 to 2003. He’s coached tight ends in the NFL for 11 seasons, with stops in Jacksonville and Chicago, before coming to St. Louis.
Fisher showed interest in the likes of Adam Gase, Kyle Shanahan, Greg Roman, and Nathaniel Hackett, but they took coordinator jobs in Chicago, Atlanta, and Buffalo, respectively, and Hackett went to Jacksonville as quarterbacks coach. Of that group, only Hackett is known to have had a formal interview with the Rams.
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The team also sought interviews with Indianapolis special assistant Rob Chudzinski and Green Bay quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt but was denied permission on both. Chudzinski eventually re-signed for a bigger role with the Colts. It’s not yet clear whether Cignetti will continue to lead the quarterbacks or whether Boras will maintain his tight end responsibilities.