The Los Angeles Rams are making sweeping changes to their coaching staff this offseason and the latest hit to the formerly-loaded staff is special teams coordinator John “Bones” Fassel.
The official account of the Cowboys confirmed today that Fassel will likely take over the same special teams coaching role with the Dallas Cowboys:
Kellen Moore expected back and two assistants added.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) January 8, 2020
A lateral move in the NFL is usually explained by the dollars in the deal, or the potential for a promotion. Fassel is the third coach to leave the organization in the past week. He follows former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and running backs coach Skip Peete.
The Rams’ official account also tweeted a thank you for Fassel’s service, official ending his tenure with the Rams:
Thank you, ☠️. pic.twitter.com/lHiUUHHPH6
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) January 8, 2020
The move has come as a surprise to fans as well as analysts, as the consensus seems to be that the Cowboys are getting top-tier NFL coach and the Rams are getting left in the dust. Fassel has been a key cog in the Rams’ two playoff appearances. He might have been the most beloved coach in that locker room.
Fassel had been an assistant coach on this Rams team for eight years, signing his first contract on Feb. 1, 2012. Since that time, Fassel has mended the talents of punter Johnny Hekker, kicker Greg Zuerlein, and long snapper Jake McQuaide. He also spent a brief amount of time as the Rams’ interim head coach after Jeff Fisher’s firing. Fassel went 0-3 but had fun with some trickery to keep his players motivated in a lost season.
While he will be remembered fondly, the Rams will have nearly the entire farms of special teams coaches to pick from. One possibility is the promotion of current assistant special teams coach Matt Daniels.
The team has already started its search for an offensive coordinator, as reported by NFL network’s Mike Garafolo, and a new coach for the third unit can’t be far away.
A few possibilities for O'Connell. This is one. #Rams is another. He's got a few irons in the fire, I gather. https://t.co/Qwyk5KZ0ZD
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 7, 2020
Fassel will join a staff that includes: head coach Mike McCarthy, Jim Tomsula, Mike Nolan, and Kellen Moore.