Three darkhorse candidates have been named in the Rams coaching search, and they're all college coaches.
Just two days ago, the Los Angeles Rams fired head coach Jeff Fisher. Within minutes many names began to float around for who the Rams should hire as their next coach. Jon Gruden, Jim Harbaugh and many others were thought of as great head coaching candidates the Rams should go after.
But are there lesser-known college coaches that would be a good fit for the job?
Sports Illustrated's Peter King suggested three college coaches could be a good fit in L.A. And no, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer are not among King's three.
Keep these names in mind for the unsung college guys who just might come out of nowhere: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, who is popular in the eyes of some in the NFL for his development of Dak Prescott and is well-liked by NFL people who pass through Starkville.
Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst, who had Russell Wilson for his last college season and whom Wilson loved and credits for some of his development. Quiet guy, but a good coach.
Now here’s an interesting name: Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre. He’s been a career defensive coach, but he has two things going for him: He turned around downtrodden programs at San Jose State and now Colorado; and he coached under Bill Parcells in Dallas.
Mullen's Bulldogs struggled this year, but he led Mississippi State to a No. 1 spot just two years ago.
Chryst has had success in recent years and led the Badgers to this year's Big Ten Championship Game.
MacIntyre is a candidate for the AP's Coach of the Year award after leading Colorado to a 10-win season.
Will any of these three candidates be named the Rams head coach? That remains to be seen, but there are plenty of perks, such as living in L.A. and coaching the No. 1 overall pick from a year ago.