Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher has named Michael Groh as the team’s passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach, the Rams announced today. Groh joins the Rams after spending three seasons with the Chicago Bears (2013-2015).
“I’m very excited to have Coach Groh join our staff,” Fisher said. “He’s a talented, young coach that has proven himself on the college level as well as in the NFL. We’re looking forward to what he will bring to our offense.”
Under Groh, the Bears have had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons with Alshon Jeffery reaching the mark in both 2013 (1,421) and 2014 (1,133) and Brandon Marshall reaching the plateau in 2013 (1,295). Jeffery is ninth in the NFL in receiving yards (3,361) over the last three seasons under Groh’s leadership. As a team, Chicago’s offense has produced three of the top five highest passing marks in franchise history during Groh’s tenure with 4,450 gross passing yards in 2013 (first), 4,035 in 2014 (third) and 3,843 last season (fourth).
Prior to joining the Bears, Groh spent two seasons as Alabama's wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, helping lead the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championships. He was part of three total national championships at Alabama. In between his stints at Alabama, Groh spent the 2010 season as the quarterbacks coach at Louisville.
Groh coached at his alma mater, Virginia, for eight seasons (2001-08), including the final three years as the offensive coordinator for the Cavaliers. Groh started as the wide receivers coach before he added the role of overseeing the quarterbacks in 2003. He also added the title of recruiting coordinator in 2005. As the starting quarterback at Virginia in 1994-95, Groh is the only signal caller in school history to lead the Cavaliers to nine wins and a bowl victory in consecutive seasons.
Groh played his final season at Virginia as a graduate student, after receiving his undergraduate degree in rhetoric and communication studies from Virginia in 1995. He attended the Baltimore Ravens training camp as a free agent in 1996 and later played in the World League for the Rhein Fire in 1997.
He is the son of Al Groh, a former head coach of the New York Jets and a longtime NFL assistant. In 2000, he served on his father’s staff as an offensive assistant/quality control coach for the Jets.