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New name emerges when searching for coordinators for Rams offensive: report

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Kliff Kingsbury to the Los Angeles Rams? Will Mike LaFleur be hired? Or how to hire Zac Robinson internally?

Names that could appeal to Sean McVay continue to pop up in an attempt to lure a new offensive coordinator. However, a new name emerged as a candidate for the open position Monday, Jan. 23 from Sports Illustrated NFL insider Albert Breer: Philadelphia Eagles offensive adviser Marcus Brady.

Brady is currently helping prepare the Eagles for their NFC Championship home game showdown against the Rams’ bitter rival, the San Francisco 49ers, on Sunday, January 29 at Lincoln Financial Field.

However, he did not spend a full season with the Eagles. He was originally with the Indianapolis Colts when Frank Reich was head coach, where he was Reich’s OC. Brady was released on November 1st. Brady also spent the 2018 season through mid-2022 holding other roles with the Colts, such as quarterbacks coach and assistant quarterbacks coach.

The Colts were the only NFL team he ever coached for before finding his way onto Nick Sirianni’s Eagles staff. Before wearing the headset in the league, Brady, 43, was a coach in the Canadian Football League north of the United States.

Brady was a wide receiver coach with the Montreal Alouettes from 2009 before being named offensive coordinator. Brady was a 2009 and 2010 Gray Cup (CFL Super Bowl) champion. In 2012, he was promoted to offensive coordinator for the Alouettes.

He then became the OC for the Toronto Argonauts for the next four seasons beginning in 2013. He won his third Gray Cup with the Argos in 2017, which was his final season in the CFL. Brady would become one of the first hires in 2018 when Reich was sworn in as the Colts’ head coach.

But what could McVay bring up when Brady is the coordinator gig guy? Brady’s past as a quarterback. Brady played QB in the CFL from 2002 to 2008 while playing for the Argos, Hamilton Tiger Cats (2004 and 2005) and Alouettes. Before turning pro in Canada, he broke school records and became one of the last football players for Cal State Northridge, which disbanded its football program in 2001. Also, Brady could be a potential replacement if Robinson freaks out.

While Robinson serves as QBs coach and passing play coordinator, he’s also capitalizing on his own potential opportunities as an offensive coordinator — with the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers (with former Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley) interested in his services by bringing them ask for interviews with him. If Robinson is hired away, McVay would like an option with a previous OC background but also has experience in QB play.

What might also help Brady are his ties to Southern California — he grew up in San Diego and plays collegiately in the LA area.

Brady isn’t the only name popping up in the Rams’ OC search, according to Breer.

LaFleur is confirmed by the NFL insider that he was interviewed for the position. Also noted by Breer: Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson is considered a candidate.

Johnson, 35, has worked wonders with Jalen Hurst as his QB coach in Philly. Hurts has compiled consecutive 3,000-yard seasons while going 22-8 in the regular season with Johnson as his position coach.

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