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The Rams and Lions DBs coach Tim Walton are working on a contract to make him the defensive coordinator by early next week.
Walton is going to be the defensive coordinator in St. Louis, and there's no doubt about that. Detroit has already promoted Marcus Robertson to DBs coach to fill Walton's spot. The Rams are aiming to have the deal wrapped up prior to the Scouting Combine, which will get underway on Wednesday. Thu, Feb 14, 2013 06:12:00 PM
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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Rams "plan" to hire Lions DBs coach Tim Walton as their new defensive coordinator.

The Lions' DBs coach since 2009, Walton would seem an odd choice considering how underwhelming the Lions' secondary has been the past four seasons. However, he's well-schooled in the Jeff Fisher coaching philosophy via Fisher disciple Jim Schwartz, and will have veteran guiding hands in Fisher and assistant HC Dave McGinnis. The Rams could be planning a committee approach at defensive coordinator similar to 2012. Walton has never worked for Fisher, so he must be coming with an extremely strong recommendation from Schwartz.
Tue, Feb 12, 2013 11:06:00 PM

The Rams interviewed Lions DBs coach Tim Walton for their defensive coordinator vacancy on Monday.

Walton has been the Detroit secondary coach since 2009. His units have obviously underwhelmed, as the Lions annually rank near or at the bottom of the NFL's pass defense ratings. Walton is familiar with defensive-minded Rams coach Jeff Fisher's scheme, though, after working under Jim Schwartz. Schwartz and Fisher spent a decade together in Tennessee and Houston.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 04:57:00 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Rams "have met" with ex-Browns DC Dick Jauron regarding the same position in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last week that the Rams planned to "reach out" to Jauron, and that appears to have happened already. Jauron is a 4-3 guy with a ton of experience. He's had coordinating stints with the Jaguars, Lions, and Browns, while being a head coach with the Bears and Bills. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport says coach Jeff Fisher could meet with five or six more candidates. None of those names are known, but Fisher is willing to take his time.
Mon, Feb 4, 2013 06:21:00 PM

According to the Post-Dispatch, Rob Ryan is the one that backed out of his agreement with the Rams.

Over the weekend, Ryan realized that he wasn't going to be coaching his preferred 3-4 scheme and wouldn't have any of his favorite assistants with him. He feared that if he failed with the Rams, he wouldn't land another coordinator job. So Ryan took the attitude that if he's going to go down, he's going down with his scheme and his guys. He's had a year left on his deal with Dallas, so Rex's brother will be collecting a check this season even if he doesn't land a gig.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 10:27:00 AM

The Rams are expected to "reach out" to ex-Browns DC Dick Jauron for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

This one was easy to see coming after the Rams ended their Rob Ryan pursuit when a Monday meeting revealed it wasn't a "scheme fit." Jauron, 62, was sent packing from the Browns when Rob Chudzinski hired Ray Horton to run his defense. The sticking point with Ryan seemed to be a conflict of interests in running a 3-4 or 4-3. Coach Jeff Fisher is a 4-3 guy, and so is Jauron. There may be a fit.
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 04:04:00 PM

The Rams have decided not to hire Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator.

Last week, the normally reliable Adam Schefter reported that the Rams had hired Ryan. Not so fast. "It wasn't a scheme fit," coach Jeff Fisher said. Ryan has historically run a 3-4 defense while Fisher prefers the 4-3. Now Ryan, who previously claimed he'd have a job within "five minutes," goes back to the pile. Perhaps he'll get an interview with Chip Kelly and the Eagles, who are in the market for an aggressive 3-4 proponent to coordinate their defense.
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 11:30:00 AM

Rams hired Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.

Ryan interviewed for the job last Saturday, and he was the only name connected to the opening. Ryan has typically run a 3-4 defense, but coach Jeff Fisher is a 4-3 proponent and Ryan did briefly use a 4-3 in Oakland. You can bet that the Rams will be an attacking and aggressive group, though. It took Ryan slightly longer than the five minutes he said it would to find a new job, but he landed on his feet with a talented young group in St. Louis.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 07:04:00 PM

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports there may be some "under the radar" candidates the Rams are interviewing for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Thomas is down at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. and says he's been "hearing a couple of interesting things" regarding the position, but he stopped short of naming names. He was told last week that the goal is to have a defensive coordinator in place by the Super Bowl. Rob Ryan has been the only name mentioned to this point, and he interviewed on Saturday.
Tue, Jan 22, 2013 06:38:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora reports that Ex-Cowboys DC Rob Ryan left his meeting with the Rams on Saturday without receiving a contract offer.

This doesn't necessarily mean that Ryan won't be hired, but the Rams could look to interview more candidates after they went all of 2012 without replacing Gregg Williams. While Ryan's 3-4 scheme isn't an ideal fit in St. Louis, he remains the favorite to become the next defensive coordinator on Jeff Fisher’s staff.
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 08:18:00 PM

Ex-Cowboys DC Rob Ryan is the only known candidate for the defensive-coordinator vacancy with the Rams.

As previously reported, Ryan is in town to meet with coach Jeff Fisher on Saturday. Other names lightly linked to the opening were Romeo Crennel, Lovie Smith, Dave Wannstedt, and Dick Jauron, but league sources tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that they are not in the mix. All signs point to Ryan getting the gig.
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 04:23:00 PM

The Rams are interviewing ex-Cowboys DC Rob Ryan for their defensive coordinator job on Saturday.

Ryan, fired by the Cowboys after the season, is tentatively expected to land in St. Louis after the team didn't hire a 2012 defensive coordinator following Gregg Williams' suspension. Ryan could be hired as soon as this weekend.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 01:54:00 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer confirms the Rams are interested in ex-Cowboys DC Rob Ryan and reports it's "realistic" to believe he'll land in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday morning that the Rams were internally discussing Ryan after going all of 2012 without a defensive coordinator. They hired Gregg Williams before the season, but he was suspended indefinitely due to the Bounty Scandal. Ryan ran a 3-4 in Dallas this past season. He has 4-3 experience from his days with the Raiders. One late-Friday report from the New York Post claimed the Rams had already hired Ryan, but it's not done yet.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:43:00 PM

The Rams are believed to have held internal discussions about reaching out to ex-Cowboys DC Rob Ryan for the same position in St. Louis.

It's only natural for teams to hold internal discussions when a respected coach becomes available. Ryan is a debatable fit since he has traditionally run a 3-4 defense versus Jeff Fisher's 4-3. The Jets will reportedly consider adding Ryan to his twin brother's staff if a coordinator position isn't available elsewhere.
Fri, Jan 11, 2013 12:45:00 PM

University of California defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is reportedly a candidate for the same job with the Rams.

Pendergast has been with Cal since 2010. Head coach Jeff Tedford was just fired last month though, so Pendergast will likely be shown the door as well. He was last in the NFL as the Chiefs defensive coordinator in 2009. Prior to that, Pendergast was the defensive coordinator with the Cardinals from 2004-2008. The Rams have widely been expected to make assistant head coach Dave McGinnis the DC, but there are said to be other candidates for the job.
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 06:22:00 PM

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