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PHONY RAMS RUMOR FLOATED ON SAUNDERS?

Earlier this week, we reported on rumors making the rounds that former Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders said that he was holding an offer to become the next head coach of the Raiders in order to squeeze a contract worth more than $2 million out of Dan Snyder to become the Redskins' offensive coordinator.

Our old friend Howard Balzer, who covers the St. Louis Rams, tells us that there was a published report that the Rams planned to interview Saunders for their head coaching vacancy. The report, per Balzer, was "totally bogus." The Rams already had three finalists when the story broke, and there was never an intention to interview Saunders.

So what gives? It looks to us like another effort by Saunders and/or his agent, Bob Lamonte, to create buzz and/or leverage. Given that Saunders will make more than $2 million a year over three years in D.C., the ploy (if there was one) apparently worked.

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http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm

PHONY RAMS RUMOR FLOATED ON SAUNDERS?

Earlier this week, we reported on rumors making the rounds that former Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders said that he was holding an offer to become the next head coach of the Raiders in order to squeeze a contract worth more than $2 million out of Dan Snyder to become the Redskins' offensive coordinator.

Our old friend Howard Balzer, who covers the St. Louis Rams, tells us that there was a published report that the Rams planned to interview Saunders for their head coaching vacancy. The report, per Balzer, was "totally bogus." The Rams already had three finalists when the story broke, and there was never an intention to interview Saunders.

So what gives? It looks to us like another effort by Saunders and/or his agent, Bob Lamonte, to create buzz and/or leverage. Given that Saunders will make more than $2 million a year over three years in D.C., the ploy (if there was one) apparently worked.

So even though the entire NFL world wasn't aware of the Rams interest in Saunders... apparently, there WAS a published report somewhere. Just nobody read it. However, it was bogus anyways.

A big difference between:

(1) Saunders telling Gibbs he has an interview with the Rams.... and

(2) Joe Gibbs NOT reading a phony bogus report that no one had heard of... and got fleeced by information no one even knew about?

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It would appear that Saunders was just frankly not a very good HC candidate. This should be obvious given how many jobs were available and apparently the only one he MAY have been in serious contention for was the Raiders (a pretty cr*ppy place for your last shot at being a HC - again). Remember that Vermeil STRONGLY recommended that the Chiefs promote him and they gave him almost no play. I think his pay from the Skins probably had more to do with geting him to take the deal immediately and having him be paid more than any of the other offensive assistants (some who I would imagine make pretty good coin - like Buges and Breaux).

The other part is the fact that we weren't going to let him bring in any of his offensive assistants (you may have to pay more to ask him to work with the existing staff).

The final part is that of the "offensive gurus" out there available - Childress, Mularkey, Linehan, Heimendinger -- Saunders' system appears to be most compatible for the system we already run - requiring less retooling. All reasons why he was the perfect fit for us and reason to pay him more than he could get anywhere else.

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