Rams focusing on lower-profile candidates to replace Jeff Fisher

ByAdam Schefter ESPN logo
Saturday, December 24, 2016

While much of the speculation related to the Los Angeles Rams' head-coaching search has been centered on high-profile names such as Jon Gruden and Jim Harbaugh, the team's focus so far has been on several NFL assistant coaches, league sources told ESPN.

The Rams have looked intoMiami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who square off Saturday in Buffalo, as well as offensive coordinators Josh McDaniels of thePatriotsand Kyle Shanahan of theFalcons, sources said.

The Rams have cast a wide net to find a replacement for the fired Jeff Fisher, and are not zeroing in on the more popular coaching candidates.

Earlier this week, Gruden said that he's "very happy doing what I'm doing" as an analyst on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

"Right now, I have no intentions of coaching," Gruden said on ESPN's "Mike & Mike" radio show. "I really enjoy what I'm doing and I feel like I'm really close to the fire and I'm getting plenty of satisfaction out of doing what I'm doing."

Harbaugh said earlier this month at the team's annual banquet that he had no intentions of leaving theMichigan Wolverines.

"I'm not leaving Michigan," Harbaugh said. "I'm not even considering it."