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The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time 

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Updated October 31, 2017 1.2k votes 326 voters 8.4k views 27 items

Between their time in Cleveland, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and finally back to LA, there have been many Rams coaches, but who is truly the best Los Angeles Rams coach of all time? Help us answer that question by voting up your personal favorite Los Angeles Rams coaches, and voting down any that you believe brought the team down.

Prior to the NFL AFL merger in 1970, the Rams won two NFL Championships both as the Cleveland Rams and Los Angeles Rams. The coaches that led those team were Adam Walsh and Joe Stydahar respectively. In the modern NFL era, coach Dick Vermeil took the St. Louis Rams to Super Bowl XXXIV, where they defeated the Tennessee Titans 23-16. 

Who is the greatest LA Rams coach of all time? Let us know by voting up for your favorite head coaches below that you believe really made an impact on the franchise.

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Dick Vermeil is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Dick Vermeil Age: 83

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Calistoga, California, United States of America

Richard Albert Vermeil (; born October 30, 1936) is an American former football head coach for the National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles (1976–1982), St. Louis Rams (1997–1999) and ...more

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Sean McVay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Age: 33

Nationality: United States of America

Sean McVay (born January 24, 1986) is an American football coach who serves as the head coach of the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). Upon his hiring in 2017 at the age of ...more
3
Chuck Knox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Age: 87

Birthplace: Sewickley, Pennsylvania

Charles Robert Knox (April 27, 1932 – May 12, 2018) was an American football coach at the high school, collegiate and professional levels. He served as head coach of three National Football ...more
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George Allen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1918-1990)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Virginia

George Herbert Allen (April 29, 1918 – December 31, 1990) was an American football coach in the National Football League and the United States Football League. He was inducted into the Virginia ...more

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Mike Martz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Age: 68

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Michael Martz (born May 13, 1951) is an American football coach most recently serving as the head coach for the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) for its one season. He ...more
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John Robinson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Age: 84

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

John Alexander Robinson (born July 25, 1935) is a former American football player and coach best known for his two stints as head coach of the University of Southern California (USC) football ...more
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Sid Gillman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1911-2003)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Sidney Gillman (October 26, 1911 – January 3, 2003) was an American football player, coach and executive. Gillman's insistence on stretching the football field by throwing deep downfield passes, ...more
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Ray Malavasi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 57 (1930-1987)

Nationality: Canada

Ray Malavasi (November 8, 1930 – December 15, 1987) was a football coach who served as head coach of two National Football League teams: the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Rams.
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Art Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 51 (1911-1962)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Salisbury Township, Pomeroy, Ohio

Arthur Everett "Pappy" Lewis (February 9, 1911 – June 13, 1962) was an American football player and coach. He played college football as a lineman at Ohio University from 1932 to 1935 ...more
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Adam Walsh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Adam Walsh Dec. at 84 (1901-1985)

Birthplace: Iowa

Adam Walsh (December 4, 1901 – January 13, 1985) was an American football player and coach. He played college football as a center at the University of Notre Dame where he was an All-American ...more
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Clark Shaughnessy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Clark Shaughnessy Dec. at 78 (1892-1970)

Birthplace: St. Cloud, Minnesota

Clark Daniel Shaughnessy (originally O'Shaughnessy) (March 6, 1892 – May 15, 1970) was an American football coach and innovator. He is sometimes called the "father of the T formation" ...more
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Joe Stydahar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 65 (1912-1977)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Kaylor, Pennsylvania

Joseph Lee Stydahar (March 17, 1912 – March 23, 1977), sometimes listed as Joseph Leo Stydahar, and sometimes known by the nickname "Jumbo Joe", was an American football player and ...more
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Bob Waterfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1920-1983)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Elmira, New York

Robert Stanton Waterfield (July 26, 1920 – March 25, 1983) was an American football player and coach and motion picture actor and producer. He played quarterback for the UCLA Bruins and ...more

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Joe Vitt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Syracuse, New York

Joe Vitt (born August 23, 1954) is an American football coach for the New York Jets of the National Football League. he was the assistant head coach and linebackers coach of the New Orleans ...more
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Hamp Pool is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Hamp Pool Dec. at 85 (1915-2000)

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: San Miguel, California

Hampton John "Hamp" Pool (March 11, 1915 – May 26, 2000) was an American football player, coach and scout who was part of two National Football League (NFL) championship teams during ...more
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Dutch Clark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1906-1978)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Fowler, Colorado

Earl Harry "Dutch" Clark (October 11, 1906 – August 5, 1978), sometimes also known as the "Flying Dutchman" and the "Old Master", was an American football player ...more

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Damon Wetzel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Damon Wetzel

Birthplace: Roseville, Harrison Township, Ohio

Damon "Buzz" Wetzel (November 7, 1910 – October 15, 1985) was a fullback for Ohio State, the Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was also the first head coach of the Cleveland ...more
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Steve Spagnuolo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Age: 60

Birthplace: Whitinsville, Massachusetts

Stephen Christopher Spagnuolo (; born December 21, 1959) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more
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Jeff Fisher is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Age: 61

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Culver City, California

Teams: Chicago Bears, USC Trojans football

Jeffrey Michael "Jeff" Fisher (born February 25, 1958) is a former American football coach and player. He served as a head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for 22 seasons, ...more

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Scott Linehan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Age: 56

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Sunnyside, Washington

Scott Thomas Linehan (born September 17, 1963) is an American football coach. He was previously the head coach of the St. Louis Rams and the offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami ...more
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Jim Haslett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Age: 64

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Teams: Buffalo Bills

James Donald Haslett (born December 9, 1955) is an American football coach and former linebacker. He was the last linebackers coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. Previously, he was head coach for ...more
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Rich Brooks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Age: 78

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Forest, California

Richard Llewellyn Brooks (born August 20, 1941) is a retired American football player and coach. He was the head coach at the University of Oregon from 1977 to 1994, the National Football ...more
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Aldo Donelli is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 87 (1907-1994)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Morgan Township, Pennsylvania

Aldo Teo "Buff" Donelli (July 22, 1907 – August 9, 1994) was an American football player and coach, soccer player, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football ...more
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Hugo Bezdek is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 68 (1884-1952)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Hugo Francis Bezdek (April 1, 1884 – September 19, 1952) was a Czech American athlete who played American football and was a coach of football, basketball, and baseball. He was the head football ...more
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Harland Svare is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Los Angeles Rams Coaches of All Time
Age: 89

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Clarkfield, Minnesota

Harland James Svare (born November 25, 1930) is an American former professional football player and coach. Svare was a linebacker who played eight seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and New York ...more