List of St. Louis Rams head coaches
The St. Louis Rams are a professional football team based in St. Louis, Missouri. They are members of the Western Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Rams played their first season in 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio. During World War II, the Rams did not play during the 1943 season because of wartime restrictions and shortages. The team became known as the Los Angeles Rams after it moved to Los Angeles, California in 1946. After the 1979 season, the Rams moved south to the suburbs in nearby Orange County, playing their home games at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim for fifteen seasons (1980–1994) but kept their Los Angeles name. The club moved east to St. Louis, Missouri before the 1995 season.
The NFL considers the franchise to be a second incarnation of the previous Cleveland Rams team that was a charter member of the second American Football League. Although the NFL granted membership to the same owner, the NFL considers it a separate entity because only four of the players (William "Bud" Cooper, Harry "The Horse" Mattos, Stan Pincura, and Mike Sebastian) and none of the team's management joined the new NFL team.
Rich Brooks was the first coach for the team in St. Louis. After struggling to win, Brooks was fired and replaced by former Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Dick Vermeil. Vermeil went on to win the Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999. His offensive coordinator, Mike Martz, took over after Vermeil retired for the second time. Mike Martz has the best winning percentages in St. Louis Rams history. Since Martz's firing the Rams have had Joe Vitt coach interim, Scott Linehan was his successor and replaced by Jim Haslett once he, himself, was terminated in the early part of the 2008 season. The franchise's most recent head coach was former New York Giants defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo; Spagnuolo was fired on January 2, 2012.
|#||Number of coaches [A]|
|†||Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach|
|‡||Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player|
|*||Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Rams|
CoachesNote: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2014 NFL season.
|1||Damon Wetzel [a]||1936||9||5||2||2||.714||—|||
|2||Hugo Bezdek*||1937–1938* [b]||14||1||13||0||.071||—|||
|4||Dutch Clark ‡||1939–1942||44||16||26||2||.386||—|||
|6||Adam Walsh*||1945–1946*||21||15||5||1||.738||1||1||0||1.000||1945 Pro NFL Coach of the Year|||
|Los Angeles Rams|
|9||Joe Stydahar ‡||1950–1952 [d]||25||17||8||0||.680||3||2||1||.667|||
|10||Hamp Pool*||1952–1954*||35||23||10||2||.685||1||0||1||.000||1952 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year|||
|11||Sid Gillman †||1955–1959||60||28||31||1||.475||1||0||1||.000|||
|12||Bob Waterfield ‡*||1960–1962* [e]||34||9||24||1||.279||—|||
|14||George Allen †||1966–1970||70||49||17||4||.728||2||0||2||.000|||
|—||Chuck Knox [f]||1992–1994||48||15||33||0||.312||—|||
|St. Louis Rams|
|21||Mike Martz*||2000–2005* [g]||85||53||32||0||.623||7||3||4||.429|||
- A A running total of the number of Rams head coaches. Thus, any head coach who has two or more separate terms is only counted once.
- a Damon Wetzel was a player-coach for the Rams in 1936.
- b Hugo Bezdek was released after three games in 1938.
- c The Rams suspended operation during the 1943 season because of wartime restrictions and shortages.
- d Joe Stydahar resigned after one game in 1952.
- e Bob Waterfield resigned after eight games in 1962.
- f Knox's full coaching record with the Rams is 118 regular season games coached with a record of 69–48–1 and a W–L percentage of .589
- g Mike Martz took medical leave after five games in 2005.
- St. Louis Rams official website