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.
There have been 25 head coaches for the Rams franchise. Damon Wetzel became the first head coach of the Rams in 1936, when it was called the Cleveland Rams. He served for one season before he was replaced by Hugo Bezdek. George Allen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach. Dick Vermeil is the only coach to win a Super Bowl championship for the St. Louis Rams.
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 current head coach is former New York Giants defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo.
|#||Number of coaches[N 1]|
|*||Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame|
|†||Spent entire professional head coaching career with Rams|
Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2008 NFL season.
|#||Name||Term[N 2]||Regular Season||Playoffs||Achievements||Reference|
|1||Damon Wetzel[N 3]||1936||9||5||2||2||.714||—||—||—||—|||
|2||Hugo Bezdek†[N 4]||1937–1938||14||1||13||0||.071||—||—||—||—|||
|6||Adam Walsh†||1945–1946||22||16||5||1||.772||1||1||0||1.000||1945 Pro NFL Coach of the Year|||
|Los Angeles Rams|
|9||Joe Stydahar[N 6]||1950–1952||28||19||9||0||.678||3||2||1||.667|||
|10||Hamp Pool†||1952–1954||36||23||11||2||.666||1||0||1||.000||1952 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year|||
|12||Bob Waterfield†[N 7]||1960–1962||34||9||24||1||.288||—||—||—||—|||
|14||George Allen*||1966–1970||72||49||19||4||.708||2||0||2||.000||1967 AP NFL Coach of the Year
1967 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
1967 UPI NFL Coach of the Year
|16||Chuck Knox||1973–1977||78||57||20||1||.737||8||3||5||.375||1973 AP NFL Coach of the Year
1973 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
1973 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year
1973 UPI NFC Coach of the Year
|St. Louis Rams|
|21||Dick Vermeil||1997–1999||51||25||26||0||.490||3||3||0||1.000||1999 AP NFL Coach of the Year
1999 Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year
1999 Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year
1999 Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year
|22||Mike Martz†[N 8]||2000–2005||92||56||36||0||.608||7||3||4||.429|||