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    Rams ask permission to interview Lovie's DC

    Rams | Martz dismissed; candidates starting to be lined up
    Mon, 2 Jan 2006 07:28:21 -0800

    Jay Glazer, of, reports St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz was told Monday morning Jan. 2, that the team has fired him. The team has also asked permission to interview Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera for the head job. In addition to Rivera, the team is expected to make a strong run at Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

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    Re: Rams ask permission to interview Lovie's DC

    Is Ron Rivera just implementing Lovie's Defense?

    I think of Lovie as the success behind Chicago's D.


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    I will keep everyone posted on what happens here in Chicago. Rivera would be an excellent choice. And with the Bears on a bye week, look for something to happen in the next few days......

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    Re: Rams ask permission to interview Lovie's DC

    Rivera has a nice background, having coached under Lovie and in the Eagles system, and having played under Buddy Ryan. Here's his bio from the Bears' website:

    Ron Rivera
    Defensive Coordinator

    Former Bears linebacker Ron Rivera is in his second season as Chicago's defensive coordinator, guiding a unit that led the NFC with a team-record six defensive touchdowns in his first campaign. Rivera was named to his current position on January 23, 2004, after spending five seasons as linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles (1999-2003). Rivera, who played nine seasons for the Bears (1984-92), was a member of Chicago's Super Bowl championship team in 1985 and began his coaching career as a defensive quality control assistant with the team in 1997.

    In his first season as an NFL defensive coordinator, Rivera oversaw the highest scoring defense in team history and presided over an increase of nine takeaways from the previous year. The Bears thrived in third-down situations as well as inside its own 20-yard line during Rivera's first season at the helm. Chicago's defense led the NFL in third-down efficiency (30.5%) and led the NFC (fourth NFL) in red zone defense (42.6%). Most importantly, Rivera's young defense demonstrated in-game improvement from the first half to the second half throughout the 2004 campaign, holding six opponents to three points or less in the second half while limiting five opponents to less than 100 yards of total offense after half-time.

    While in Philadelphia, the Eagles advanced to the NFC Championship game each of his final three seasons and during that stretch ranked near the top of the League in fewest points allowed (15.3 ppg), third down efficiency (32.4%), sacks (189), opponent quarterback rating (73.2) and takeaways (128). In 2001, the Eagles defense allowed fewer than 21 points in each of their 16 games for just the fourth time in League history and, during Rivera's first year on the job (1999), Philadelphia led the NFL with 46 takeaways including a team record five interceptions returned for touchdowns. Rivera helped develop LB Jeremiah Trotter into a two-time Pro Bowl performer with the Eagles. During Rivera's five years overseeing the Eagles linebackers, he worked with the top tacklers on the team as each of the three starters consistently ranked in the top five on the team in tackles and as a group averaged 387 tackles per season (129 tackles per starting linebacker).

    Rivera, a second-round draft choice by the Bears in 1984, played in 149 games with 62 starts (including 12 postseason contests with six starts), posting 392 tackles (190 solo), nine interceptions, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 15 passes defended and seven quarterback sacks during his nine-year career.

    Following his NFL playing career and prior to joining the coaching ranks in 1997, Rivera spent four years (1993-96) as an analyst covering the Bears and college football for SportsChannel, Chicago on television and on WSCR and WGN radio. He joined the Bears as the team's first defensive quality control coach (1997-98).

    A consensus All-America selection as a linebacker at California, Rivera finished his collegiate career as the school's all-time sacks leader with 22 and first in career tackles with 336. Rivera still holds the Cal record for most tackles-for-a-loss in a season with 26.5 in 1983.
    Rivera was born in Fort Ord, CA. With his father being an officer in the Army, Rivera lived in Germany, Panama, Washington and Maryland prior to moving to central California, where he attended Seaside High School. He and his wife, Stephanie, have one son, Christopher (19), and one daughter Courtney (12). Stephanie, a former basketball player at California, has served as an assistant women's basketball coach at Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL), the ABL's Chicago Condors (1997-98) and the WNBA's Washington Mystics (2000). Ron Rivera - Defensive
    Born: 1962, Fort Ord, Calif.

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    Re: Rams ask permission to interview Lovie's DC

    Quote Originally Posted by Chi-Town Ram
    I will keep everyone posted on what happens here in Chicago. Rivera would be an excellent choice. And with the Bears on a bye week, look for something to happen in the next few days......
    Nothing will happen with Rivera in the next few days, all the Rams can do is interview him. They can't hire him and announce it until the Bears are out of the playoffs.


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