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Fisher reiterates that there will be no defensive coordinator in 2012


When the Rams officially unveiled their roster of coaches for the coming season, neither the name “Gregg Williams” nor the title “defensive coordinator” were mentioned.

After Saturday’s rookie minicamp practice, coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that there won’t be a defensive coordinator in 2012.

“It’s really no different than it was when this thing went down,” Fisher said, via comments distributed by the team.  “It’s going to be a collective, collaborative effort.”

The coaching staff has three former NFL defensive coordinators:  Fisher, assistant head coach Dave McGinnis (pictured with Fisher), and defensive backs coach Chuck Cecil.

The Rams have faced only minimal pressure to part ways with Williams, even after last month’s release of audio from a defensive meeting occurring the evening before the Saints playoff game against the 49ers.  Williams has been suspended indefinitely, and he is eligible to be reinstated after the 2012 season.

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15 Responses to “Fisher reiterates that there will be no defensive coordinator in 2012”
  1. 305phinphan says: May 12, 2012 5:42 PM

    Even more of a reason why the Rams will be picking 1st overall next draft.

  2. MichaelEdits says: May 12, 2012 5:47 PM

    He probably misses Vince Young and Pacman Jones right about now.

  3. randallflagg52 says: May 12, 2012 5:52 PM

    With or without Greg Williams it won’t matter because Sam Bradford is still their QB.

  4. tennesseeoilers says: May 12, 2012 5:58 PM

    I’ve been a Tennessee Oilers/Titans fan since 1997 when the team arrived in the Volunteer State. During my years of fandom, Coach Fisher has always been a head coach first and a brilliant defensive mind and motivator second.

  5. time2speakup says: May 12, 2012 6:04 PM

    Fishers stance suggests he will either give Williams the benefit of the doubt and seriously consider his effort to hire him – or, at the least, he is electing NOT to pile on on the dude by tossing him under the ol’ bus like the rest of the world. I think that’s cool leaving the door open.

  6. sbdt says: May 12, 2012 6:05 PM

    I don’t see how this could be anything but a huge success.

  7. lolb23 says: May 12, 2012 6:27 PM

    You don’t need a coordinator to tell the defense to “get back on the field” 492 times a year after Bradford eats grass.

  8. jason49er says: May 12, 2012 6:27 PM

    Davis Mcginnis sure has aged terribly since he coached the Cardinals.

  9. howiefeltersnatch says: May 12, 2012 6:47 PM

    The Rams are just going to ride this thing out and wait for Williams when he is reinstated next year. No better place for Williams to get reacclimated with the league than with his best bud Jeff Fisher.

  10. sportsmeccabi says: May 12, 2012 7:02 PM

    Well at least they are trying something different?

  11. jharmon64 says: May 12, 2012 9:14 PM

    Cut ties now Mr Fisher. He’s not ever going to be coaching for the Rams. This is a PR nightmare.

    Aside from that, the team needs a DC, not a head coach wearing two hats.

    Move on.

  12. daknight93 says: May 12, 2012 9:43 PM

    Fisher’s translation: my best friend Gregg Williams was “blackballed” by Goodell and he’s my defensive coordinator until he comes back after this season…there will be a hologram of my best friend Gregg Williams on the sideline for the 2012 season

  13. ramcountry says: May 12, 2012 9:55 PM

    Florio, they made this clear months ago.

    There was no reason to think Fisher would suddenly change his mind.

    With Long, Quinn, Brockers, Jenkins, Mikell, Johnson, Fletcher, Laurinaitis, Finnegan, they have the talent. With Waufle, McGinnis, Cecil, and Fisher, they have the coaches.

    A DC by committee approach for one year isn’t going to break this defense. I guarantee it.

  14. mojodoa says: May 13, 2012 11:48 AM

    Depends on the language of his contract. If he’s suspended by the league, the Ram’s most likely don’t have to pay his salary. If they fire him, without having certain provisions in the contract, they would be on the hook for a good amount of cash. I think they are going to ride this one out.

  15. randallflagg52 says: May 16, 2012 3:44 AM


    Yeah because really succesful defense teams really use DC’s by committee…

    Oh wait, no they don’t. That’s why Baltimore and Pittsburgh will always be Baltimore and Pittsburgh and St. Louis will always suck. On the bright side at least you are in the Matt Barkley race for next season.

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