When head coaches and general managers take the podium at the NFL Scouting Combine they rarely share anything fans and media members alike don't already know. Sure, you may get a tidbit here or there, but don't expect anything groundbreaking.
And by no means was St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher groundbreaking today, but he loosened up and touched on some very interesting topics during his 15-minute time frame. Wide receiver Titus Young, backup quarterback Austin Davis, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Tim Walton were subjects that all rolled off the tongue of Fisher.
Thanks in advance to Ryan Van Bibber of Turfshow Times for the tweets. He's covering the NFL Scouting Combine for SB Nation. Let's go ahead and break down his tweets to see if we can make some sense of the info the Rams' head coach divulged.
Fisher says Rams made the decision to move on from Gregg Williams before the season ended— ryan van bibber (@justRVB) February 22, 2013
The fact that Fisher made a decision on Williams before the season even ended was no surprise. There was no guarantee that he would be reinstated, not to mention the fact not a single player would respect Williams if he were to take over play-calling duties in 2013.
Trust is such a huge thing in the NFL—without trust and continuity an organization has very little foundation. Truly, it's a blessing in disguise that the Bountygate fiasco took place. It allowed St. Louis to hire a defensive coordinator who was previously on their radar.
Fisher and staff excited about Tim Walton, the new DC, says he fits well with the staff. has an understanding of coverages— ryan van bibber (@justRVB) February 22, 2013
Speaking of the defensive coordinator that was on the Rams' radar, Walton must have really wowed St. Louis during the interview process because Coach Fisher is very patient when it comes to coaching hires. After interviewing the former secondary coach for the Lions, it took less than 72 hours to hire him.
Van Bibber also went on to mention that Fisher liked the fact that he had coached at the collegiate level and defended the option. St. Louis' coaching staff did a great job of defending the pistol against San Francisco, so it's obvious that they are just trying to cover all their bases.
Let's not forget that the Seahawks also run quite a bit of zone-read option stuff. The Rams must believe that the quote, unquote "college offenses" are here to stay.
Fisher says if Rams bring back Kellen Clemens, they'd flip Austin Davis to the No. 2 QB spot— ryan van bibber (@justRVB) February 22, 2013
The backup quarterback position is often a forgotten position if a team's starter stays healthy throughout the entire season, just as Sam Bradford did in 2012. But if you follow the Rams, it's not a foregone conclusion that Bradford will always be at 100 percent.
He has a prior history that is linked to two different injuries. One was his shoulder injury at the University of Oklahoma and the second was his sprained ankle he suffered in 2011. Which ultimately means it's smart of the organization to invest in an adequate backup.
Kellen Clemens has proven to be adequate since arriving in 2011. He won a game down the stretch two years ago when the club finished with just two victories. However, it sounds as if his No. 2 job is in jeopardy because of the emergence of Austin Davis.
Yet St. Louis is still hoping to re-sign Clemens as their No. 3 guy. The progression of Davis is actually pretty substantial considering I can't remember the last time they had a developmental quarterback behind their starter. It's usually some overpaid veteran.
Fisher says Rok Watkins' rehab is about complete, committed to program, weight is down.— ryan van bibber (@justRVB) February 22, 2013
Despite only making a brief appearance last season against the Lions, don't think Rok Watkins is out of the Rams' game plan for 2013. Without question he may be in the running to start on the interior of the offensive line next season, especially if he can keep his weight down.
He flashed at times during the preseason in 2012, but it just wasn't consistent enough. The injury probably did him more good than harm from a mental standpoint. It was almost like a redshirt season in college, it allowed him to watch and learn while rehabbing.
Fisher felt like the Rams were better off without Titus Young— ryan van bibber (@justRVB) February 22, 2013
Fisher simply stated that Titus Young was better of with another team and that's it. He didn't elaborate any further, and honestly he probably didn't want to talk about it anymore. He's not a person who likes to dwell on the past, he is all about the positives and looking ahead.
There's a quick rundown thanks to Van Bibber, now go give him a follow on Twitter if you don't follow him already.