Family affair: Rams new coaching staff filled with next generation NFL coaches

Chris Shula has an historic last name in the history of the NFL.

Shula is one of two families which have had three generations of coaches work in the NFL. Chris’ dad, Dave, is the former head man with the Bengals (1992-1996) while his grandfather, Don, is the former legendary leader of the Dolphins (1970-1995).

Shula was introduced, along with the rest of the new Rams staff, on Friday at Cal Lutheran.

Along with the Shulas, John Fassel (special teams coordinator), Wade Phillips (defensive coordinator), Joe Barry (assistant head coach/linebackers), Zak Kromer (offensive quality control) and Skip Pete (running backs) all come from NFL linage.

It’s a family affair under new head coach Sean McVay, who’s family tree is also deeply rooted in league history. McVay’s grandfather, John, was head coach of the NY Giants (1976-78) and then spent 21 years with the 49ers where he helped put together the San Francisco dynasty of the 1980s and 90s.

Chris Shula said his father and grandfather offer him advice, but they have let him make his own decisions during his coaching career, which began in 2010 at Ball State.

Chris, a former linebacker himself and teammate of McVay while the two played for Miami (Ohio) from 2004-08, said his friend and now boss was ‘tough’ and ran a ‘4.3 40 (yard dash)’ but injuries set McVay back on the playing field.

Shula spent last season with the now Los Angeles Chargers.