Contrary to an Internet report that made the rounds Friday night, the Rams have not hired former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, team sources told the Post-Dispatch.
The Rams are interested in Ryan for their defensive coordinator position — intrigued may be a better word. And there’s a chance he could end up being their guy.
But they are early in the process, and coach Jeff Fisher likes to take his time on such hires.
As recently as Wednesday afternoon, the Rams had not even expressed interest in Ryan, according to sources familiar with Ryan.
SCOUTING DEPARTMENT SHAKEUP
The Rams have undergone another scouting department shakeup, with assistant director of college scouting John Mancini, as well as area scouts Drew Casani and Luke Driscoll, relieved of their duties.
Mancini had been one of the longest-tenured employees at Rams Park. He joined the team in 1995, the franchise’s inaugural season in St. Louis, working in the ticket department. He switched over to the scouting department in 1997 as a scouting assistant before working his way up the ranks.
He was the Rams’ Midwest region scout for most a decade and was promoted to director of college scouting in 2010 under Billy Devaney. With the hiring of Les Snead as general manager last February, the personnel department was revamped and Mancini served as assistant director of college scouting in 2012. Snead brought in Taylor Morton, whom Snead had worked with in Atlanta, as director of college scouting.
“I enjoyed my time with the club,” Mancini said Friday. “We had some ups and downs. But they’re moving in the right direction. I wish them all the best of luck.”
Driscoll had been with the Rams for 13 years, including seven as a college scout. Casani just completed his fourth season with the Rams and had previously worked as a pro and college scout for San Francisco from 2000-2004.
The timing of the moves was unusual; normally scouting and personnel changes aren’t made until after the draft, which is also when most of their contracts expire.
At first blush, the Rams had what could be a very good draft in 2012, so the dismissals may be a case of Snead wanting to bring in his own people as much as any performance issues with Mancini, Casani and Driscoll.
Snead confirmed the firings but declined to comment.