(St. Louis, Mo) The St. Louis Rams finally introduced Jeff Fisher today at Rams Park, officially naming him head coach. If you were expecting any major surprises or loads of entertainment you should’ve looked somewhere else. What you saw was pure business, which is just the mentality he brings to the job. He’s a no nonsense coach who always had his teams prepared to play on Sundays.
Fisher hasn’t wasted any time assembling his coaching staff. The organization remains mum and Fisher himself wouldn’t give anything away at today’s presser, but it’s pretty clear that Gregg Williams has been brought on as the defensive coordinator. That isn’t shocker either. Williams and Fisher worked together for two seasons in Tennessee, where they had great success. Williams brings plenty of experience outside of that partnership in Tennessee, coaching defensive units in Washington, Jacksonville and most recently New Orleans. Widely regarded as the “blitz master”, Williams will bring an aggressive style to St. Louis along with a reputation for being able to stop teams on 3rd down. 9 of the 12 defenses led by Williams have finished the season in the top 15 for fewest points allowed. In 2009, his Saints defensive unit ranked 2nd in the NFL at the end of the year, leading the league with 39 turnovers on the way to a Super Bowl title. Needless to say, I like the hire. It should certainly excite Rams fans as we have seen some great development from Chris Long in terms of his pass rush ability and if healthy I think fans can expect a major improvement in the secondary as well.
Switching to the offensive side of the ball, the two leading candidates to take the offensive coordinator role are Brian Schottenheimer and Hue Jackson. Schottenheimer was the New York Jets OC in 2011 before getting the axe, while Jackson recently received his pink slip from the Oakland Raiders. It was thought that Schottenheimer had the job already but today it was announced that Hue Jackson will interview. It will be interesting to see how this develops.
So it’s clear, amateur hour is over at Rams Park as a proven coaching staff with years of experience continues to take shape. Losing will no longer be acceptable and fans will finally see some accountability on Sundays. The Rams might not be a Super Bowl contender next year, but I think it’s safe to assume there will be a big improvement from the 0-6 division record and 2-14 overall mark the team posted last season.
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