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Rams to introduce Linehan as head coach

ST. LOUIS (Jan. 19, 2006) -- The St. Louis Rams hired Miami offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, the sixth first-time NFL head coach to land a job in the past two weeks.

The team called a news conference for Jan. 20 to introduce their fourth head coach since moving to the Midwest in 1995.

The 42-year-old Linehan impressed the team in two interviews. Then, he passed a final test with a meeting with team majority owner Georgia Frontiere in Arizona.

Linehan helped the Dolphins finish 9-7. They won their final six games. He had been one of three finalists along with Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.

Linehan will replace Mike Martz, who was fired one day after the Rams finished a 6-10 season. That move also came one day after Martz received medical clearance to return to the job.

The Associated Press News Service

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