TCU running backs coach, run game coordinator, and assistant head coach Ra’shaad Samples has been hired as the running backs coach by the Los Angeles Rams.
After the Rams won the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell accepted the Minnesota Vikings head coach position, leading to several moves on the Rams offensive coaching staff. One of those moves was former running backs coach Thomas Brown being promoted to tight ends coach, leading to the Samples hire.
The loss of Samples is a big one, as he not only coached running backs but was also a major part of the Frogs recruiting staff. Samples followed Sonny Dykes over from SMU last season where he helped the Mustangs rank first in the American Athletic Conference in total offense.
Samples, just 27 years old, is one of the top young coaches in all of football and will fit in nicely with a young staff in LA.
As far as replacing Samples, the first internal candidate to look at would be offensive analyst and recruiting coordinator Bryan Carrington. Carrington was a part of USC’s staff in 2021, serving as the running backs quality control analyst. His familiarity with the RB position coupled with his recruiting experience makes him a strong candidate to replace Samples.