Rams Complete Full Staff Overhaul, Hire ST Coordinator John Bonamego

by Jake Ellenbogen
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The Rams have completed their coaching staff overhaul after the new hiring of special teams coordinator John Bonamego. Sean McVay let go off Wade Phillips and John Fassel, two of the best coaches in their respective positions. In turn, McVay brought in offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, defensive coordinator Brandon Staley and special teams coordinator Bonamego.

Who is Bonamego? He is a former wide receiver and quarterback at Central Michigan University. He’s 56-years-old, he beat tonsil cancer back in 2015, he has myriad of NFL experience following his work with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins and the aforementioned Detroit Lions. Bonamego even has a head coaching stint under his belt with was with his alma mater from 2015-to-2018. He’s most known for calling the play that led to Steve Gleason’s blocked punt in the first game played in the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina.

According to Football Outsiders Special Teams metric, Bonamego was responsible for the eighth-best special teams group in the league last year. This came a year after the team finished 20th without him. In Bonamego’s first season as head coach for Central Michigan he led them to a 7-6 record, a year later a 6-7 record and a year after that he led them to an 8-5 record which would be his best season until the next year his team would fall off a cliff at 1-11.

Bonamego is definitely not Coach Bones and he does not have the success Bones had but he’s the new sheriff in town, so we will soon see just what he brings to the table for the Rams and if he’s right for the role.

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