Report: St. Louis Rams Hire Mike Waufle of Raiders as Defensive Line Coach

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Report: St. Louis Rams Hire Mike Waufle of Raiders as Defensive Line Coach
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Mike Waufle

According to the NFL Network as reported by CBS Sports, the St. Louis Rams have hired former Oakland Raiders defensive line coach Mike Waufle for the same position. 

Waufle was the Oakland Raiders defensive line coach from 1998 through 2003 and again in 2010 and 2011. In between, he coached the defensive line of the New York Giants from 2004 through 2009.  

In February of 2008, his Giants' defensive line relentlessly attacked Tom Brady during the Giants Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots.

Waufle has coached the likes of Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck and could assist further in the development of Chris Long, and certainly in the progression of the 14th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Robert Quinn.  

Both the 2011 Rams and Raiders accumulated 39 sacks on the year, tied for 15th in the league.

However, in 2010, Oakland was tied for second in the NFL with 47 team sacks, behind only the Pittsburgh Steelers, who amassed 48.  

Of note, Waufle's defensive tackles contributed 12.5 of those 47 sacks, a very impressive total and one that would be appealing to Fisher, who likes big defensive tackles who can penetrate. 

Waufle is known as a highly intense and aggressive coach, and should fit in with Gregg Williams, the Rams new defensive coordinator who served in that role for Jeff Fisher with the Tennessee Titans from 1997-2000.  In Williams' final year with the team, the Titans led the NFL in total defense under his mutual watch with Fisher.

St. Louis appears set at defensive end for years to come with Long and Quinn as bookends there along with James Hall, the still-productive veteran who will likely return.  

However, the defensive tackle position is long in the tooth.  By the opening of the 2012 NFL season, Fred Robbins will be 35 and Justin Bannan will be 33.  

With that, look for Waufle to be coaching up some young defensive tackles, who will eventually be added through free agency and/or the 2012 NFL Draft.

Shane Gray covers the St. Louis Rams year-round. You are encouraged to check out the rest of his work here and to follow him on Twitter.  

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