Last week, Rams COO Kevin Demoff gave permission to all the Los Angeles Rams assistant coaches to seek interviews with other teams. Three of the assistance coaches were able to secure jobs elsewhere such as former defensive coordinator Greg Williams assume the same position with the Cleveland Brown, Dennard Wilson defensive back coach same role with the New York Jets, and Strength and Conditioning coach Rock Gullickson same role at the University of Tennessee.
Many of Rams fans, including myself were concerned on losing three other coaches, and remains optimistic that the organization retain the following coaches, defensive line coach Mike Waufle, line-backers and defensive consultant Mike Singletary, and special teams and former interim head coach John “Bones” Fassell. Reports from sports journalists reported last night that the Rams were going to retain Coach Fassell with his same position.
Coach Waufle is the on the radar for the Rams Ramily hoping he remains around with a ferocious defensive line that has sent a player to the pro bowl every season he’s been with the Rams. A defensive line that included *Robert Quinn, *Aaron Donald, Chris Long, Eugene Sims, Ethan Westbrook, and Michael Brockers.
Since 2012, the Rams have recorded 196 sacks as a team, the second-highest total in the NFL over that time period.
In 2014 the Rams sent DE Robert Quinn and DT Aaron Donald to the pro bowl were coached by Waufle. Donald was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year after leading all NFL rookies with nine sacks last season. His sacks total was the second highest among all NFL defensive tackles, second to Buffalo’s Marcell Dareus, who recorded ten sacks. Donald’s nine sacks was the sixth most by a rookie defensive tackle since the stat became official in 1982, and only three
Rams interior rushers have posted more sacks in a season than Donald’s 2014 total. Donald would win the Pro Football Writers of America’s NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Quinn went to his second-straight Pro Bowl a two years ago after leading the Rams with 10.5 sacks. It was Quinn’s third-consecutive season in double digits in the category, and Waufle was his position coach in each of those years. Quinn has recorded 44 sacks under Waufle’s guidance, which ranks third in the NFL over the last three seasons.
This the the first time Waufle has done this, he has coached for the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders sending players to the pro-bowl as well as teams leading in sacks. Defensive Tackle Richard Seymour went for the Raiders that Waufle simply had no talent to help that line.
Coach Waufle was the defensive line coach with the New York Giants and coached of the NFL’s top pass rushers. The Giants led the NFL in sacks in 2007, including a defensive line sacking Tom Brady five times in Super Bowl XLII helping the Giants to upset the New England Patriots. Three different defensive ends such as Osi Umenyiora, Michael Strahan, and Justin Tuck all went to the Pro Bowl under Waufle’s watch. Waufle’s linemen tied a NFL single-game record as they recorded 12 sacks in a win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Coach Waufle is very important to the Rams defensive line because of toughness. Last season you would see Coach Waufle toughness on “Hard Knock” which featured the The Los Angeles Rams return back to Southern California. As seen, Waufle would get in the face of defensive lineman Ethan Westbrook, and tell if he couldn’t get the job done he would be looking for a new one. Waufle get in his players face as a hard-nose coach that expects nothing but best for his players. With a military background he has no time for excuses, players taking off plays, nor showing late for meetings or practice.
Coach Waufle is definitely a leader, and absolutely could be the extra guidance or mentorship that the new young head coach Sean McVay can turn to for advice. I’m certain that the coach is wanting to remain with these group of guys that he has basically groomed as rookies, by reaching out with his daughter Michelle Waufle. I would ask her via social media:
“Can you please let me know whether your dad is going to remain with the Rams… please, I’m trying to write an article on him right away, because the D-Line needs him!”
She would reply back:
“We do not know yet” followed by this emoji- ??????
Kevin Demoff and Stan Kroenke please do not let Coach Waufle walk away, secure him to this dynasty that this organization is about to take off. He is a major asset to that defensive line and has nothing but stats and player awards to prove the fact.