The St. Louis Rams added a new defensive coach to the staff this week. Former Titans linebackers coach Frank Bush was hired by the Rams, according to Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean.
Bush was on the staff in Tennessee for the two previous seasons. His contract was not renewed by head coach Mike Munchak. Notable, Bush's time with the Titans came after Fisher's tenure there, which ended following the 2010 season. So much for the most obvious connection.
Like several other members of the Rams coaching staff, Bush has experience as a defensive coordinator. He was the DC for the Texans in 2009 and 2010, but was fired after that. Bush was the linebackers coach in Arizona from 2004 to 2006.
The Post-Dispatch reported Thursday morning that Bush was likely going to be the Rams' next linebackers coach, replacing Blake Williams who was fired earlier this month. Williams, according to that same PD piece, was passing out resumes in Mobile this week at the Senior Bowl.
Still to be decided is the team's defensive coordinator job. It still looks like Rob Ryan will be the guy, but he does not have a contract at this point, contract's being an essential part of hiring a coach. The Rams are expected to announce something one way or another in the next week.
There are still some defensive coordinator openings around the league. Ryan has not been mentioned as a candidate for any other jobs beyond the Rams position, which is notable in and of itself.
For those of you keeping score at home, the addition of Bush gives the Rams a total of four coaches with prior experience as a defensive coordinator, including Fisher, Dave McGinnis, Chuck Cecil and Bush. Rob Ryan, if hired, would be a fifth. That's a pretty well-traveld coaching staff, which could be a good thing for a young team like the Rams.