The St. Louis Rams have focused on attracting Jeff Fisher as their next head coach, but they are still pursuing other candidates as Fisher decides between the Miami Dolphins and the Rams. On Thursday, the team will interview two possible replacements for Steve Spagnuolo: Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.
Chudzinski helped construct a solid Panthers offense around rookie quarterback Cam Newton that finished No.3 in rushing yards, No. 13 in passing yards, No. 7 in the NFL in total yards and set a franchise record for most yardage in a single season. Chudzinski interviewed for the head coaching position with the Jacksonville Jaguars but lost out to Mike Mularky.
Allen has shaped a strong Broncos defensive unit and helped rookie Von Miller to thrive in his first NFL season. Allen is currently preparing for Denver's playoff game against the New England Patriots, but says the opportunity will not distract him from the immediate task at hand:
"Obviously, I'm thrilled about it, but really, at the end of the day my focus is to try to win a game against the New England Patriots, and that's the only thing that I'm concerned with right now. At the end of the day, we're focused on New England, and we're trying to win this game, and whatever happens after that, that's in somebody else's hands."
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