Everybody who has followed the St. Louis Rams this season knows that their defense certainly hasn’t lived up to its expectations at the beginning of the season. Much of that could be due to the fact that their defensive coordinator is inexperienced and hasn’t necessarily had a good year as the Rams defense certainly has regressed.
That defensive coordinator would be the former Lions secondary coach and third down specialist Tim Walton. In the offseason, the Rams seemed to have Rob Ryan locked up to come to St. Louis.
After heading to McDonalds to grab a Big Mac, Ryan left, never to be seen again at Rams headquarters again. The Big Mac obviously didn’t meet expectations, much like the Rams defense hasn’t met expectations this season.
Rob Ryan went on to be the coordinator for the Saints, who the Rams recently upset 27-16 in the Edward Jones Dome, and the Rams hired Tim Walton who was left over after nobody else wanted him and Lovie Smith decided he didn’t want to be a coordinator.
With the Rams’ defensive regression it is highly assumed that Tim Walton could be on the hot seat, especially given the fact that Jeff Fisher has taken over the majority of the game planning on that side of the ball.
If Tim Walton does find his way out of St. Louis, the Rams are going to need somebody to replace him with. Who else would be a better fit than Jeff Fisher’s former defensive coordinator, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz?
The Detroit Lions find themselves headed for yet another disappointing season, and it is speculated that it is playoffs or bust for Schwartz and the Lions. With the loss Monday night to the Baltimore Ravens, the Lions are no longer in control of their own destiny and could miss out on the postseason for the second straight season.
Schwartz has ties to Fisher being his defensive coordinator with the Titans from 2002 to 2008. One of the only downsides if Schwartz were to come to St. Louis, is the uncertainty of how long he would be there. Schwartz turned the Lions franchise around after they went 0-16, and he would certainly be considered for head coaching jobs every year.
Jeff Fisher is one of those coaches that likes to keep his own guys, which is exactly the reasoning for the Gregg Williams disaster last season and the Rob Ryan disaster this season. If Jim Schwartz cannot find another head coaching job, St. Louis would make perfect sense.
Obviously this is all speculation. Schwartz still has his job in Detroit, and Tim Walton is still the defensive coordinator of the Rams. However, both are on the “hot seat” and this move would make complete sense.