Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Could Detroit Lions Head Coach, Jim Schwartz, End Up In St. Louis?

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.

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  • ricdram

    Walton needs to go regardless of who takes his
    place. Perhaps Mike Singletary(who interviewed)
    can be an option. I beleive Shotty will get one
    more shot. The change has to be made.

    • Blaine Grisak

      I agree with you on everything you just said. Walton just hasn’t been the answer. Singletary is an interesting choice, if the Rams do hire him let’s hope he can keep his pants on while giving a pep talk ;). And I agree with what you said on Schotty, he has one more year to prove himself with this talent on the offense, and then it is time for him to go

      • ricdram

        Notice Justin Veltung(#19)was brought up
        from the PS for KR’s ? Ive always liked that
        dude he is fast. I think he might shine vs
        the Bucs next Sun. Clemons has been ok
        but I think we should draft a stud QB as
        insurance for Sam. Its gonna be a good
        2014 draft as the Skins are sinking. Lets
        hope ” Snisher ” can manipulate our pics
        into GOLD.

        • Blaine Grisak

          Ya I like Veltung back there a lot more than Austin Pettis when Tavon is hurt. Clemens I think has done a great job for just stepping in. This team would obviously be better with Bradford, but Clemens has done a fine job. Drafting a QB in the later rounds could be in this teams future. Seeing the skins sink has been one of the great things of this NFL season. Rams will end up with some golden picks for sure.

  • Gary Stewart

    my only question is this have the defensive decisions really been waltons i was under the impression walton was pressured into employing the soft defense in an effort to keep from having the” kids ” get burned deep and hurting their confidence if that is the fact then i believe fish lets loose the reins and lets waltons “kids” play defense the way they want to close and tight just wondering??

    • Blaine Grisak

      I guess I haven’t heard that. I know they did that a little last year then tightened up a little more as the season went on.

      • Gary Stewart

        fisher does tend to back/protect his players and coaches but if i remember correctly in week 3-5 fisher i believe actually said something like that or was cited for a statement similar to that maybe you can ask around??