After plenty of deliberation, the St. Louis Rams have finally reached a decision regarding their vacant defensive coordinator position. Several high-profile names were linked to the job at one point or another from the ever-boisterous Rob Ryan to Mike Singletary and the low-key Dick Jauron. None of those guys were the ones given the position however, as the team pulled a bit of a stunner with their ultimate choice.
Tim Walton will be the DC for the Rams in 2013 after the team had attempted to add him to its defensive staff before last season. His first interview for the coordinator spot took place on Monday, so the club had to have been quite excited by his potential to hire him less than 48 hours later. With the Detroit Lions, Walton served as the defensive backs coach for four years under Jim Schwartz, and it only stands to reason that the Rams are trying to improve upon a pass defense that had its fair share of troubles in 2012.
One has to believe that having one coach specifically designated to take care of a particular area of the team rather than blanket coverage by the entire coaching staff will prove to be a more effective strategy. Last year the Rams were forced into that predicament due to the BountyGate scandal with the New Orleans Saints that forced the suspension of their then coordinator Gregg Williams. The team officially parted ways with Williams after the 2012 season concluded only to see him reinstated recently and hired by the Tennessee Titans at the same position.
This may not be the flashiest hire, but the Rams with Jeff Fisher in charge have shown to be all about practicality. The franchise is going to do whatever it takes to improve the team regardless of what the outside perception may be. Walton will take over a defense that ranked 14th in the NFL as far as yards allowed are concerned at 342.6 yards per game and there is no reason to think that they can’t be a top 10 unit in 2013.