LA Rams hire Broncos OLB coach Brandon Staley as their new defensive coordinator
The LA Rams had four openings in their coaching staff when the sun rose on January 10, 2020. By the end of the day, that number is down to two. Apparently, when it rains, it pours in Los Angeles. Especially if you are the LA Rams and working to hire new coaches to prepare for the 2020 season.
The mystery of who will be the Rams defensive coordinator had a number of twists and cul-de-sacs. The defensive coordinator would determine if the team stayed in the 3-4 defense, or switched over to a 4-3 defense. The team would also seek input from the new defensive coordinator on a number of very talented defensive free agents scheduled to hit the open market this off-season.
The guessing game is over. The LA Rams are hiring Broncos OLB coach Brandon Staley as their next defensive coordinator.
While Staley arrives to the Rams at just 37 years-old, he whole-heartedly embraces the 3-4 defense. He followed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio from the Chicago Bears to the Denver Broncos. Denver has fielded a top-10 defense under Fangio.
Much like the newly hired offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, Staley does not possess a rigid mindset. You can expect him to change it up to create the best match-ups for his defense against his opponent. With talent like DT Aaron Donald and shutdown CB Jalen Ramsey, that can cause plenty of sleepless nights in the NFL.
The Rams openings in the coaching staff are now down to the running backs coach and the special teams coordinator. With any luck and perseverance, the team will open for business on Monday morning with a full coaching staff.