After defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended for his role in "Bounty Gate," the St. Louis Rams were left in a position to scramble for a defensive coordinator. There was some thought that they would maybe hire someone outside of the organization, but that ultimately ended up being hearsay.
Instead, they decided to tackle the position by committee with current staff members. Chuck Cecil, Dave McGinnis and Mike Waufle had all coached under head coach Jeff Fisher before, so they were familiar with the system and goals he wanted to accomplish on the defensive side of the ball.
Moreover, Blake Williams, the son of Gregg Williams, was in a position to have input because of his extensive knowledge in regards to his father's defense.
It was also believed that he was the one making the calls on gameday. There's no telling if this was a weekly occurrence due to some of the unknowns, but according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he, at minimum, "suggested" which plays to call.
However, Coach Fisher had seen enough of Blake Williams by season's end. Despite being a master of Xs and Os, his people skills were downright awful.
Thomas also suggests that Gregg Williams will be without a job if and when he is reinstated, which leaves the Rams with a major coaching vacancy heading into the offseason.
Let's take a look at who could possibly fill the defensive coordinator void in St. Louis.
*Note: These 10 suggestions are in no particular order; they are simply 10 different options.