On Monday I highlighted the background of Lions' secondary coach Tim Walton and his bid to become the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator. Less than 48 hours after his interview with Jeff Fisher and company, Walton has accepted (via Adam Schefter of ESPN) St. Louis' offer for their vacant position.
His acceptance comes after the Rams interviewed three other known candidates: Rob Ryan, Dick Jauron and Mike Singletary. Of the four interviewees, it's easy to see why Fisher decided to go with the young up-and-comer.
Ryan, Jauron and Singletary are all well-known names throughout league circles, but that doesn't exactly make them good fits. Given their long coaching tenures, it would be easy to see how there could be philosophical differences based on scheme and the style of defense they want played.
The one thing Walton has going for him is the fact he hasn't ever been a coordinator at the NFL level. That works to his favor, as it will allow an experienced head coach and an experienced defensive staff to help groom the rising star. He's in line to learn a lot from Fisher, Chuck Cecil, Dave McGinnis and Mike Waufle.
That doesn't mean he won't bring knowledge of his own into the equation. Walton has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience and four years of NFL experience. During his tenure in college football, he coached up plenty of talent. Some of the names include Kenny Phillips of the New York Giants, LaRon Landry of the New York Jets and Antrel Rolle of the Giants.
The long, winding road he took through college football is finally paying dividends in the pros, as he now has the opportunity of a lifetime.
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