St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, right, drops back to pass as quarterbacks coach Richard Curl looks on during rookie football mini-camp Friday, April 30, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A day after hiring Josh McDaniels as offensive coordinator, the St. Louis Rams announced that quarterbacks coach Dick Curl is retiring.
Coach Steve Spagnuolo said Wednesday that he wasn't sure whether there would be a replacement for the 70-year-old Curl, or whether McDaniels would take on that role, too. Curl was with the Rams the last two seasons and aided the development of rookie Sam Bradford.
McDaniels will replace Pat Shurmur, who was hired as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Spagnuolo said the first item of business in his search was recalling which coaches he's had the most trouble defending throughout his NFL career. He said the schemes created by McDaniels and the 34-year-old's success with Tom Brady and Matt Cassel made it a natural choice.
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