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NFL coaching rumors: Lovie Smith for the Rams defensive coordinator?

The Rams need a defensive coordinator, so why not hire the best name available?


Today is Black Monday, a day where non-playoff teams lose head coaches and their staff. Many people lost their jobs today, so it's not a great day, but it could be one for the St. Louis Rams.

If you do recall, the Rams don't have a defensive coordinator currently. There is a chance that Jeff Fisher could bring his friend Greg Williams back, but no one knows if he will be reinstated next year.

Luckily for Fisher, Lovie Smith is now available; canned after the Bears started 7-1, and ended the season 10-6. I don't know how good Smith was received in Saint Louis when he was a coach (I was 12 at the time), but he could be a good fit for this coaching staff.

The main reason the Rams should consider Smith, is the fact he was on the staff that helped create the Tampa 2 defense the Rams run. If the Rams are going to continue running this defense, what better teacher for James Laurinaitis, Janoris Jenkins, Chris Long, and Michael Brockers?

This season the Bears defense was ranked number 5, ranked 8th in pass and run defense. Smith defense also had the most takeaways this season, with 24 interceptions (the Rams had 17), and the Bears had 20 fumbles, compared to the Rams four.

From Brian Billick, who wrote this as part of his observations of week 13 and 14

"The Chicago Bears got another turnover on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. When Brian Urlacher punched the ball away from running back Marshawn Lynch and Kelvin Hayden recovered, it marked the 300th turnover by this defense under Lovie Smith. This somewhat generic Cover-2 defense is unbelievably opportunistic; the Bears really live the big-play mentality and are OK giving up a couple of extra yards per play while the first guy there tries to strip the ball. Charles Tillman also forced a fumble later in that game, but Seattle managed to recover the ball."

Should the Rams hire Smith? Leave a comment and tell us why, or why not