Add another candidate to the Rams' head-coaching mix — Panthers' offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski. An Associated Press source said that the Rams have received permission to speak with Chudzinski.
Chudzinski helped Carolina QB Cam Newton put up a banner year in his first season in the NFL, as the rookie compiled 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, and passed for more than 4,000 yards. The Panthers scored 25.4 points per game, which tied them for fifth in the league, in Chudzinski's first season with the team. It marked an astonishing turnaround from 2010, when they finished 32nd in scoring offense with just 12.2 points per game.
The Rams also requested to speak with Bengals' offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, according to Bernie Miklasz of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, but Gruden has elected to stay in Cincinnati.
The way we see it
The Rams could use some offensive firepower after finishing last in the NFL with 12.1 points per game. St. Louis would very much like to see someone help develop Bradford, who just finished his second season in the league with six touchdowns and six interceptions. His passer rating was just 70.5, a six-point decrease from 2010, and he lost seven fumbles, up from only two in 2010.
Chudzinski's exemplary work in developing Newton is clearly attractive to St. Louis.