The St. Louis Rams are adding one more member to their coaching staff, hiring former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke to be their next quarterbacks coach. After retiring from the NFL following a brief stint with the San Francisco 49ers in 2007, Weinke worked with IMG as director of their football academy in Florida. His most notable pupil was Cam Newton during the 2011 NFL lockout.
This move comes a couple days after the Cleveland Browns hired brief NFL quarterback Kevin O'Connell to coach their quarterbacks. O'Connell was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2008, and bounced around the league before wrapping up his career with the San Diego Chargers in 2012. After retiring, he worked as a private quarterbacks coach in California. He has worked with Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota and Bryce Petty, among others.
O'Connell and Weinke are two of the latest private QB coaches to get a job in the NFL. This all comes in the weeks since Jeff Garcia made it very clear he wanted to work with NFL quarterbacks. Garcia made the media rounds, including offering some pointed comments about Colin Kaepernick's recent work with Kurt Warner. Garcia has quieted down a bit recently, but one has to wonder what he thinks of these recent hires and his own hopes. He actually did interview with the Rams, and reportedly left a good impression. Of course, if he had done poorly, we may not necessarily have heard as much, although Fisher might then have just not said anything.
Garcia has worked as quarterbacks coach with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL. He did not get an NFL job this go-around, so we'll see what next year brings for the one-time 49er.