St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – The St. Louis Rams have fired defensive coordinator Tim Walton and are planning to replace him with Gregg Williams.
According to sources, the Rams are expected to hire Williams to fill the position left by Walton, who was fired after only one season.
“I would like to thank Tim for his hard work and contributions to our defense,” coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement. “I wish him well in the future.”
Walton’s stint as defensive coordinator went off to a rocky start, with losses to Atlanta, Dallas and San Francisco. Rumors persisted later in the year that Fisher had taken on a larger role in calling the defense.
By the end of the season, the Rams ranked 15th in yards allowed per game and 13th in points allowed. Walton often drew criticism for lack of aggression in coverage, a criticism buoyed by the Rams allowing a 68.1 percent completion rate, tied for worst in the league.
Walton replaced Williams, who never actually made it to St. Louis to coach before being suspended for his role in the bounty scandal in New Orleans.
Williams’ son, Blake, was the de facto coordinator in 2012 before he was relieved of his duties following the season. The Rams all but signed Rob Ryan to the job last year before he had a last-minute change of heart.
Former Detroit coach Jim Schwartz seemed a logical possible replacement given his ties to Fisher, but he took the defensive coordinator job in Buffalo.