LA Rams finalize coaching staff with new hires, promotions

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LOS ANGELES (AP)The Los Angeles Rams have finalized their coaching staff for next season, hiring five additional new assistant coaches and making several promotions.

Rams coach Sean McVay announced the moves Tuesday.

The Rams hired offensive line coach Kevin Carberry, assistant defensive line coach Marcus Dixon, assistant special teams coach Dwayne Stukes, and offensive assistants Nick Jones and Chris O’Hara.

McVay lost seven assistant coaches in several key positions in the month after the Rams’ fourth consecutive winning season during his tenure ended with a playoff loss at Green Bay. Notably, defensive coordinator Brandon Staley took over the Los Angeles Chargers; pass game coordinator Shane Waldron became the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator; and run game coordinator/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer left the team.

Los Angeles already hired Raheem Morris as the new defensive coordinator and Joe DiCamillis as its special teams coordinator after moving John Bonamego to senior coaching assistant.

Along with the new hires, McVay added the job of assistant head coach to running backs coach Thomas Brown, who was praised repeatedly last season by McVay as a rising coaching star.

McVay also added pass game coordinator to tight ends coach Wes Phillips’ duties, and added run game coordinator to defensive line coach Eric Henderson’s job.

Chris Shula, McVay’s college teammate at Miami of Ohio and the grandson of Don Shula, the NFL’s winningest head coach, was promoted to linebackers coach after four seasons with the Rams. Thad Bogardus moved from assistant defensive line coach to assistant linebackers coach.

Ejiro Evero was promoted to secondary coach and pass game coordinator, while Zak Kromer was promoted to offensive assistant coach. Jonathan Cooley also moved up to assistant secondary coach.

Carberry spent one season with McVay as Washington’s assistant offensive line coach while McVay was the offensive coordinator on Jay Gruden’s staff in 2016. He spent the past three seasons at Stanford as the offensive line coach and running game coordinator.

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