The Los Angeles Rams had to replace members of their coaching staff this offseason, including Kevin O’Connell, who left to become head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. To fill the void left by O’Connell, the Rams brought in a familiar face in Liam Coen to be Sean McVay’s offensive coordinator.
While talking to Kevin Demoff (the Rams COO) at the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, NBC Sports’ Peter King Underline how thrilled the Rams are to have Coen back on their coaching staff.
Rams COO Kevin Demoff had been in Indianapolis for less than 24 hours. We had the bold idea of meeting for lunch outside the convenient Combine bubble. We walked twenty minutes and hit BRU BURGER, and we didn’t meet a single assistant coach, we didn’t see a single NFL logo, we ate salads and shared a plate of nachos. The only thing I took away from it was how excited the whole organization is about the hiring of Liam Coen as the new offensive coordinator. Coen was with the Rams from 2018 to 2020, left for a year to call games in Kentucky, and now returns to LA Wondering if the Rams are wallowing after losing eight coaches? Don’t be fooled. They are happy that the guys are moving on, boosted by the new crop that is coming.
For those unaware, this isn’t Coen’s first stint with McVay’s coaching staff. In 2018, Coen was named the team’s assistant wide receiver coach.
After two seasons as the assistant wide receivers coach, Coen would then become the Rams’ assistant quarterbacks coach in 2020 before becoming the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Kentucky in 2021.
During the 2020 college season, the Kentucky Wildcats produced just 318 total offensive yards and 21.8 points per game. However, in Coen’s only year as the program’s offensive coordinator/caller, Kentucky’s offense totaled 425.2 total yards and 32.3 points per game.
When Coen’s hiring was made official, Coen admitted that the opportunity to join the Rams was one he “couldn’t pass up”. With McVay’s coaching staff continually receiving stares from needy head coaching teams, coupled with the excitement surrounding his hiring, Coen could become a popular candidate for years to come.