Scott Linehan was told he was out as head coach in a face to face meeting at Chip Rosenbloom's hotel suite last night. This morning, he and his family went to Rams Park to say their goodbyes and pack things up. Linehan met with his coaches(minus Halsett) and then spoke to his players. Even Haslett, no fan of Linehan's, admitted Scott did a great job speaking to the players.
I'm not surprised Scott handled things as well as he did. I enjoyed my time around him the last two and a half years. He's a stand-up guy who is one of the nicest, most normal individuals I've encountered in this business. We were the same age and had a lot in common and although I never got to know him as well I did Mike Martz, I liked and respected Scott.
I know this--he didn't fail because he didn't work hard at finding solutions. He did everything he could think of to get the team turned around. It just didn't work and it was time to make a change. Scott was never close with the star veterans left over from the Martz era and I think that hurt him in the end. There was an obvious disconnect between Linehan and guys like Marc Bulger, Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. I don't know who's to blame there but I would assume you'd get two completely different versions depending on who you talk to.
The bottom line is this--the Scott Linehan coached Rams won only 11 of 36 games played and that's not good enough. The Linehan Era will be judged as a failure by most. But to lay all the blame squarely at the feet of Linehan is short-sided. But the head coach is always going to be the fall guy. It's in the fine print of that multi million dollar contract each one of them signs.