St. Louis Rams: Shane's News and Nuggets at Noon (Tuesday Edition)

Shane GraySenior Analyst IJanuary 31, 2012

Ray Sherman, new Rams Wide Receiver Coach, with Dez Bryant
Ray Sherman, new Rams Wide Receiver Coach, with Dez Bryant

There are a ton of updates today regarding the St. Louis Rams, so let us jump right in.  I hope each of you is having a terrific Tuesday.

Before looking at the lease situation further, let's rundown the continuing evolution of Jeff Fisher's coaching staff. 

Two more pieces are being put in place as the Rams are reportedly adding John Fassel of the Oakland Raiders as special teams coach and hiring Ray Sherman, most recently of the Dallas Cowboys, as wide receiver coach.  Sherman also worked for Fisher with the Tennessee Titans in 2005 and 2006 in the same position.  

Speaking of wide receiver coaches, St. Louis' 2011 wide receivers coach. Nolan Cromwell, is heading to the Cleveland Browns with former Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who took over as head coach there in 2011.

Additionally on the coaching front, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora tweets that:

Jason La Canfora Alex Van Pelt interviewing with Bears for QB coach job. Rams, Colts and Steelers have inquired as well 

Van Pelt has most recently worked as quarterbacks coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and another former Big 12 youngster, Josh Freeman, a 2009 first round pick out of Kansas State. 

St. Louis Convention and Visitors Convention
St. Louis Convention and Visitors Convention

In 2010, Freeman led the Bucs to a 10-6 record while throwing for 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

As the Rams continue to add to Fisher's assistant coaching staff, the search for a general manager continue, as St. Louis talks with Joey Clinkscales of the New York Jets and George Paton of the Minnesota Vikings.  

As for the lease, it comes to the forefront tomorrow.  A date that has been looming down the road is set to arrive and the real negotiations will begin in earnest. 

For those expecting this to end quickly, prepare to be disappointed.  Most negotiations, after all, are not settled after the first offer but, instead, are settled after at least one counteroffer.  

Although I would love to be wrong, there is about a 99 percent chance that the Rams do not accept the first offer.  

The Rams must either accept or reject the St. Louis Convention and Visitor's Convention offer by March 1.  If they do indeed reject it, they have until May 1 to present a counteroffer to the CVC.  If both parties are to avoid arbitration, a deal must be struck thereafter by June 1.  

For much more analysis on the lease situation, please look here and here.  

With the issue being so imminent, the analysis from various sources is on the increase.  Two articles of interest were published over the last two days with solid analysis.

Edward Jones Dome- St. Louis, MO
Edward Jones Dome- St. Louis, MO

The first article, by Randy Karraker of, looks at the history of NFL football in St. Louis and the current lease situation.  

The second, by Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, takes a look at the big picture and how a state-of-the-art stadium could help shape and revitalize St. Louis in a similar manner as what has transpired in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Finally, to bring the lease issue into perspective here, the situation could be worse.  

Looking northward at Minnesota, the Vikings are not even in a lease currently, and they seem to be struggling to find an amicable solution.

The latest has the Vikings saying that a proposed site east of the Metrodome is "unworkable."

The site at the Metrodome has its own problems, including possible disruptions by the NFL itself, as they do not want the Vikings playing at the significantly smaller University of Minnesota football stadium TCF Bank Stadium, an open-air facility.

In closing, I wanted to share a magical moment of the past that we can all enjoy.  

Shane Gray covers the St. Louis Rams year-round. You are encouraged to check out the rest of his work here and to follow him on Twitter.