Liam Coen Watch is still ongoing.
The latest development? A tweet from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that Kentucky is “preparing for a very real possibility” of losing Coen to the Rams.
Univ. of Kentucky preparing for ‘very real possibility it loses OC Liam Coen to #Rams, per source. Coen has turned down college jobs and a pro job to stay at UK, but chance to return to LAR, work with Sean McVay will be enticing. Still has to be offered job but is firmly in mix— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 17, 2022
Now, this is not new information to anyone who has stayed at least partially in the loop over the last week or so. When the news came out that Rams OC Kevin O’Connell was leaving to take the Vikings head coaching job, the possibility that Rams HC Sean McVay might want to reunite with Coen was circulated quite a bit.
But as more people in the NFL seem to be talking about Coen rejoining the Rams, the concern that Kentucky could lose its game-changing offensive coordinator becomes a real possibility.
Of course, if you read what Fowler says, he mentions Coen has turned down multiple jobs to stay at Kentucky, so we can't totally rule out the possibility that Coen could opt to stay at Kentucky.
But it also seems like Coen has his sights set on one day being an NFL coach, and working for Sean McVay is one of the best paths to that destination right now, so it would be hard to criticize Coen for making the move.
But as a Kentucky fan, I hope Coen stays around. He’s a true game-changer with the offense he has brought to Lexington and has helped change the perception of Kentucky Football, particularly on the recruiting trail.
Losing Coen would be a massive loss, but it would be hard to criticize such a move if he decided to head back to L.A.
So we’ll continue to track the Coen-Rams rumor mill, and see what plays out.
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