Rams Name Lion's DB Coach Tim Walton Defensive Coordinator

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

He may not have the wild mane and name recognition of Rob Ryan, but Tim Walton is reportedly the new defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams.

UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 15, at 12:25 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

The Rams made Walton's hiring official on Friday morning. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed the news on Twitter, complete with a filler quote from Rams head coach Jeff Fisher:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Rams make hire of new DC Tim Walton official. Coach Jeff Fisher: "He will be a huge asset to our staff."

After a long process that included a reported hiring of former Dallas Cowboys DC Rob Ryan, the Rams can rest easy in the hiring process and get back to planning for the 2013 season.

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From Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

It looks like coach Jeff Fisher’s search for a new defensive coordinator has reached the finish line. It was nearly seven weeks in the making, but all signs point to Detroit Lions assistant coach Tim Walton getting the job, according to multiple league sources. Walton was offered the job Tuesday, accepted it, and the deal could be finalized by the end of the week.

Walton was among three candidates interviewed by Fisher over the past week and a half. The others were Dick Jauron, the former defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns, and Mike Singletary, who has the title of special assistant to the head coach/linebackers with the Minnesota Vikings.

Adam Schefter of ESPN has also reported that Walton is in line to be the team's new defensive coordinator.

Walton was the defensive backs coach for the Detroit Lions from 2009-2012. He was also the defensive coordinator at Memphis in 2008, the defensive coordinator at Miami in 2007 and defensive backs coach there from 2004-06.

In all, Walton has coached at the college and pro level since 1995.

Having stability at defensive coordinator will be a nice change of pace for the Rams this season. In 2012, the team planned on having Gregg Williams fill the position, but he, of course, was suspended for the entirety of the season based on his involvement in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

That led the Rams to go into last season without a defensive coordinator and try several people at the position.

Walton has some familiarity with the Rams—according to Thomas, Jeff Fisher offered Walton a position on his staff a season ago but he turned it down to remain with the Lions. He also worked with Fisher's son (and St. Louis' current defensive backs coach) with the Lions.

Walton is respected as a football mind around the league, so this is a nice move for the Rams. He may not get as much camera time as Ryan would have garnered, but it looks like the Rams got a better fit for their defense.

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