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Rapoport: LA Rams Defensive Coaching Staff Hoping To Remain Intact For New HC

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Rams’ defensive side of the coaching roster is trying to latch on to the next head coach.

Los Angeles Rams Def. Coord. Gregg Williams
Los Angeles Rams Def. Coord. Gregg Williams
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According to NFL Media National Insider (what a job title) Ian Rapoport, the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coaching group is sticking together in case the Rams’ next head coach elects to keep them intact:

The group is led by Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams. Williams has been the DC since the 2014 season, though he was initially hired to hold the position in 2012 before Bountygate ultimately saw him suspended for all of 2012. Williams’ NFL resume goes all the way back to the 1990 Houston Oilers season where he climbed the ladder utimately serving as former Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher’s DC in Tennessee from 1997-2000. Williams left to take over as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills for four years.

Just underneath Williams is Senior Defensive Assistant Chuck Cecil. Cecil similarly came up under Fisher with the Titans after playing his , taking the DC reins in 2009 and 2010 exiting with Fisher at season’s end.

The Rams have four position unit coaches in DL Coach Mike Waufle, LB Coach Frank Buch and Co-DB Coaches Dennard Wilson and Brandon Fisher, Jeff Fisher’s son. Waufle has an assistant in Clyde Simmons.

The group has additional support in Quality Control Assistant Jeff Imamura and former San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary in a less defined role.

There’s no doubt the group had strong ties to Fisher. From former acolytes in Gregg Williams and Chuck Cecil to his own son on staff, it was quite clearly built to support him. I’d be surprised if the group was brought back intact for 2017.