Could Todd Bowles Be a Viable Coaching Option for the St. Louis Rams?

Brian TaylorCorrespondent IIIJanuary 5, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24:  Interim head coach Todd Bowles of the Miami Dolphins watches his players prior to a game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
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The clear front runner most fans want as the next head coach of the St. Louis Rams is former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. He is an experienced coach who has had success in the NFL.

But there is a dark horse candidate that could conceivably earn the head coaching job for the Rams. Rumors that Todd Bowles, the Miami Dolphins' interim head coach, could interview with St. Louis for their coaching position are beginning to surface.

For those of you wondering exactly who Bowles is, here is a quick synopsis.

Todd Bowles was the assistant head coach and secondary coach for the Dolphins for the past three seasons. He has been around the NFL as an assistant since the 2000 season.

Despite doing well enough as an assistant to earn an interview for the Dallas Cowboys head coaching job a season ago, he remains a little-known coach.

This season, in relief of Tony Sparano, Bowles led Miami to a  2-1 record in their final three games, beating the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. Their one loss was to the New England Patriots, after leading 17-0.

The 48-year-old Bowles could bring some excitement to the Rams organization, much the way he helped bring the Dolphins back to life at the end of the season.

At times this year, it appeared that the Rams were uninterested in the game and were simply going through the motions. They could use a coach who can inspire them.

A major con about hiring a coach like Bowles is that he is a young coach with no head coaching experience. Being a good assistant coach doesn't necessarily translate to being a good NFL head coach.

Wade Phillips, Mike Singletary and Todd Haley are all recent examples. St. Louis fans also have bad memories about the last time they gave a coach his first head coaching opportunity.

A strange coincidence about Bowles possibly interviewing with St. Louis, is that now both the Miami Dolphins and the Rams are pursuing the same two coaches. It appears that as soon as we know where one coach will land, we will also know the destination of the other.

In all likelihood, Todd Bowles will at least get an interview for the head coaching gig in St. Louis, if only to satisfy the Rooney Rule. Whether or not he can be a successful head football coach in the NFL for the long term is anybody's guess.

Get to know him, Rams fans, because if a deal with Fisher falls through, he could very well be the next head coach in St. Louis.