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Rams intensify head-coaching search, interview Garrett, Frazier

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams concluded a two-day interview with Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on Wednesday, and later in the day began discussions with Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

General manager Billy Devaney is interviewing finalists in Los Angeles for the head coaching job with the exception of Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, who met with the team in Baltimore on Sunday during a break in preparation for the AFC Championship Game.

Devaney said he hoped to hire a coach before the Senior Bowl on Jan. 24. Reached by phone Wednesday night, Frazier said he is anticipating learning the Rams' decision by this weekend.

"I thought it went well from my standpoint. I just have to wait and see," Frazier said.

Frazier was passed over by Denver for the vacancy there, but is on Detroit's list of finalists. Frazier, however, said no second interview with the Lions has been scheduled.

Devaney has already interviewed Jim Haslett, who went 2-10 as interim coach after the firing of Scott Linehan. Also on the short list is defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo of the Giants.

Devaney declined to rank the candidates, saying: "I don't have a top or bottom of the list."

Rams owners Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez along with senior adviser John Shaw, who resigned as team president after last season, are participating in the interviews. The Rams played in Anaheim, Calif., before moving to St. Louis in 1995, and Shaw remained based on the West Coast after the franchise relocated.

Haslett interviewed Tuesday for the Green Bay Packers' defensive coordinator job. He held that job with the Rams before being elevated following St. Louis' 0-4 start last season.

His interview with the Rams was a marathon five-hour affair a week earlier, and Haslett emerged optimistic about his chances. Haslett gave the team a laundry list of changes he'd make, including bringing in former Rams head coach Mike Martz as his offensive coordinator.

"I just had a list of names of people I'd talked to and he was one of the guys on the list," Haslett said. "All of a sudden, things start growing."

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was offensive coordinator with the Saints under Haslett earlier this decade.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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