This is especially the case for Rams lead assistant and tight ends coach Thomas Brown, who spoke to the media Wednesday about what’s in store for next season. Brown coached the running backs last year but is making the switch to tight ends this season.
“I’m kind of a weird guy,” Brown said. “I was obviously excited to win (the Super Bowl) that night … but after that my mind was on moving forward. I’ll probably appreciate it more as my career goes on.”
A sixth-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2008, Brown played running back in the NFL for two seasons. Now, he finds himself in a unfamiliar situation full of challenges that he’s ready to take head on.
Thomas Brown (left) and Darrell Henderson Jr.
“It’s going to be very beneficial for me as a coach and be able to challenge me, force me to grow, which is what I’ve always asked for and prayed for is to be in an opportunity where I have access to knowledge,” Brown said. “But also, I think places of comfort are great, but you never grow in places of comfort. Being able to get outside my comfort zone and force myself to grow and have some more involvement and keep rollin’ here with the Rams.”
Luckily for Brown, he’ll have a deep group of tight ends to watch over in 2022. Last season, Tyler Higbee was the team’s third-leading receiver (560 yards) and caught the second-most passes (61) to go along with five touchdowns. Backup tight end Kendall Blanton was serviceable during the postseason run, catching a touchdown in LA’s win over Tampa Bay in the Divisional Round.
And with Blanton banged up and an MCL sprain keeping Higbee out of the Super Bowl, third-stringer Brycen Hopkins stepped up at the right time in the big game, catching all four target for 47 yards. He had just one catch on the season before that.
The group should make the transition easier for Brown, who is still less than two months into his new role.
“It’s not that I don’t feel like I could be great at (tight ends coach), it’s just cause I’ve committed so much time and history when it comes to being (running backs coach),” Brown said.
“From a challenge standpoint, to me, it’s just being able to be in a different environment, different coaching techniques when it comes to my role and responsibility. I’ve always tried to take a big-picture role when it comes to what we do. It was always kind of just seeing the entire big picture, just being able to have now an opportunity to get my hands involved in the coaching is going to be a big part of it.”
Scroll to Continue
Brown interviewed for the Miami head coaching job and the vacant offensive coordinator seat with the Vikings, but he’ll remain a vital piece of LA’s staff as the team gears toward a repeat. And if he keeps this up, head coaching offers will likely be flying his way.
Want the latest in breaking news and insider information on the Rams? Click Here
Want to join in on the discussion? Click here to become a member of the Ram Digest message board community today!