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Rams to hire Tim Walton as defensive coordinator

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After a lengthy search for a new defensive coordinator, the St. Louis Rams finally have their guy.

According to Adam Schefter of, the Rams plan to hire Detroit Lions defensive backs coach Tim Walton as their next defensive coordinator.

The Rams had initially looked to hire new New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan for the position before ultimately mutually agreeing to go their separate ways.

Walton interviewed for the position this week before being offered the job. Per Tim Twentyman of the Lions official website, Walton had interviewed for a spot on Jeff Fisher’s staff a season ago before ultimately staying in Detroit.

The Rams had also interviewed Minnesota Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary and former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron before hiring Walton.

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16 Responses to “Rams to hire Tim Walton as defensive coordinator”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 12, 2013 11:54 PM

    Shortly after the photo was taken, the officer asked Tim to slowly bring up his right arm and touch the tip of his nose with his index finger. That is when things fell apart.

  2. hockeytown19540 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:05 AM

    Hope he is a better DC than defensive backs coach cause our secondary was HORRIBLE!!!!!!! GOOD luck with that clown.

  3. seanx40 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:05 AM

    Did anyone in the Rams organization watch the Lions defensive backs the last few years?

  4. laurinaitis4mvp55 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:09 AM

    Maybe he’s the only one who can control Titus Young?

  5. sdcameron says: Feb 13, 2013 12:10 AM

    Wasn’t the lions secondary atrocious?

  6. raiderrob21 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:25 AM

    The Lions Defensive backfield was so great last year I can see why he was a must hire!

  7. ninerfan49 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:40 AM

    I guess John-Boy wasn’t available so they had to settle for the other Walton brother.

  8. cjforpresident says: Feb 13, 2013 1:08 AM

    good one laur… really good one. Good luck with that by the way. As for Walton, I happen to think he did quite well elevating the players we had to the 13th ranked defense in the league. Yeah, I know there were still some issues there, but I think you actually have a good one there. Don’t be surprised if he takes your defense up a notch.

  9. paulnoga says: Feb 13, 2013 1:11 AM

    After using almost their entire drafts on Offensive players and D Line, Walton did more with less. the few good players he had were hurt most of the time. He actually got the most of the rag-tag players he had. A remarkable accomplishment considering the talent level.
    The Lions posters here do not realize yet how bad things will get without Walton.

  10. canjura says: Feb 13, 2013 1:37 AM

    Are you freaking serious? Should have kept Gregg Williams over this joke.

  11. rockthered1286 says: Feb 13, 2013 6:30 AM

    I know that when I think “solid defense” the first thing that comes my mind is Detroit’s secondary…

  12. ramcountry says: Feb 13, 2013 6:39 AM

    A little under the radar but Detroit’s defense has been very good on 3rd down; which if I’m not mistaken Walton handled those packages.

    He’s also coached some talented young DBs.

    Rams have an experienced coaching staff with five former DCs on it and young, talented players. He should do fine fitting in there.

  13. skoodsports says: Feb 13, 2013 8:50 AM

    I mean, no secondary is more highly respected than Detroit’s.

  14. lionsflyersandredbirds says: Feb 13, 2013 10:08 AM

    Seriously?! Are we sure he’s not assistant DC? Maybe assistant DB’s coach? Not quite sure how he qualifies for the position, but best of luck!

  15. schmitty2 says: Feb 13, 2013 10:19 AM

    For all the people complaining about this hire I think its safe to assume the Rams defensive backfield is a lot better than what Walton had to work with last year.

  16. lorddarkhelmet says: Feb 13, 2013 12:35 PM

    He did more with the Lions DBs with less talent than anyone could ever hope for. On the other hand watch his DBs to see how often they ever turn their head to look for the ball. This is why we got so many flags thrown and so few turnovers

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