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    Rams are interviewing Detroit assistant Tim Walton For DC

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    Rams are interviewing Detroit assistant Tim Walton for their defensive coordinator position.


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    Tim Walton joined the Lions as secondary coach in 2009. Before coming to Detroit, he was the defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis (2008) and had additional responsibilities coaching the safeties. Throughout his 14-year collegiate coaching career, Walton coached 13 players who were eventually drafted into the NFL, including five first round picks (Patriots S Brandon Merriweather, Seahawks CB Kelly Jennings, Giants CB Kenny Phillips, Redskins S LaRon Landry and Cardinals S Antrel Rolle) and four second round picks (S Idrees Bashir, WR/KR Devin Hester, S Michael Stone and CB Corey Webster).
    LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS: Walton coached a secondary that excelled in making big plays in 2011.

    Detroit’s secondary accounted for 16 of the team’s 21 interceptions in 2011 which was the most by a group of Lions defensive backs since 2005 (16).
    Of the unit’s 16 interceptions in 2011, three were returned for touchdowns, the most by a Lions secondary since 2001 (3).
    Lions CB Chris Houston led team with a career-high 5 interceptions for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2011 and was second with 14 pass defenses. Houston was one of only three NFL players in 2011 with 2 interception returns for touchdowns.
    As a rookie in 2009, S Louis Delmas finished second on the team with 91 tackles. His other defensive tallies included: two interceptions (130 yds), eight passes defensed, one sack and one fumble recovery. He became the only rookie in NFL history to record a safety (vs. GB 11/26), an interception return for a touchdown (Arz 12/20) and return a fumble for a touchdown (at NO 9/13) in the same season. Delmas led the defense with 84 tackles (62 solo) in 2010 despite playing most of the season with a groin injury.

    Prior to joining Memphis, Walton spent the previous four seasons (2004-07) with the Miami Hurricanes. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in February of 2007 and helped propel the defense to a national ranking of 33rd in total defense. In his first three seasons at Miami, he coached the defensive backs and the Miami secondary ranked in the top 10 nationally in pass defense in 2004 (ninth) and 2005 (first).

    In 2005, Walton's pass defense led the nation, allowing only 152.17 yards per game, and featured All-Americans safety Brandon Meriweather and cornerback Kelly Jennings as well as Freshman All-American Kenny Phillips.

    Walton was at LSU in 2003 and his defensive backs were a key factor in the Tigers earning the 2003 BCS National Championship and a Southeastern Conference title. The LSU defense ranked among the nation's top three in four-of-five major defensive statistical categories: total defense (first, 252.0 yards per game), scoring defense (first, 11.0 ppg), pass efficiency defense (second, 89.8 rating) and rushing defense (third, 67.0 yards per game). Additionally, LSU ranked 18th nationally in passing yardage defense (185.0 ypg) while leading the SEC in four of the five defensive categories, including a No. 2 ranking in the league in pass defense.

    In his first stint with Memphis (2000-01), Walton coached defensive backs. In 2000, the Tigers ranked fifth in the nation in total defense (first in rush defense), allowing only 275 yards per game and placed in the top 15 nationally in passing and scoring defense. He left Memphis to coach defensive backs at Syracuse for the 2002 season.

    Walton began his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant at Bowling Green in 1995. He was promoted to running backs coach in 1996 and then moved to coach the defensive backs in 1999.

    In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Walton has had three summer internships with NFL teams. He spent the summer of 1998 serving as a defensive intern with the Chicago Bears, the summer of 2001 as a defensive intern for the Green Bay Packers and in 2004 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under current Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.

    As a defensive back at Ohio State, Walton lettered four seasons and served as co-captain for the Big Ten champions in 1993. During his time with the Buckeyes, OSU went to four bowl games, including the Liberty Bowl in 1990. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from OSU in 1994.

    Walton and his wife, Tracy, have three children: Trei, Timia and Tyler.


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    Re: Rams are interviewing Detroit assistant Tim Walton For DC

    Here's some (what could be fun) irony for y'all.
    We need Safeties and Louis Delmas is a free agent this year.

    (For those of you who just got back from a two week stint on "Survivor", (which I'm proud to say I have never watched), he's the guy Young sucker-punched on the Lions).

    So we hire Walton, and he brings Delmas with him and....let the fun begin.
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    Re: Rams are interviewing Detroit assistant Tim Walton For DC

    Quote Originally Posted by VegasRam View Post
    Here's some (what could be fun) irony for y'all.
    We need Safeties and Louis Delmas is a free agent this year.

    (For those of you who just got back from a two week stint on "Survivor", (which I'm proud to say I have never watched), he's the guy Young sucker-punched on the Lions).

    So we hire Walton, and he brings Delmas with him and....let the fun begin.
    Survivor is the greatest television show of all time. You take that back!

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    Re: Rams are interviewing Detroit assistant Tim Walton For DC

    Lions assistant Tim Walton interviews with Rams

    By Sean Yuille on Feb 11, 5:10p +

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    For the second offseason in a row, Detroit Lions assistant Tim Walton is interviewing with the St. Louis Rams. This year, the interview is for the Rams' vacant defensive coordinator job, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas.

    Last year, Walton was interviewed by Jeff Fisher to potentially be the Rams' assistant defensive coordinator and to run their passing game defense. Ultimately, Walton opted to stay in Detroit, and the Lions rewarded him with a promotion. Almost one year ago exactly, Walton went from simply being the secondary coach to also being in charge of the Lions' third down package.

    Considering the Rams are interviewing Walton for their main defensive coordinator job this year, the Lions will have a much tougher time retaining him if he is offered the position. Walton has been viewed as a potential future defensive coordinator, and I can't imagine he will turn down the Rams if they offer the job to him.

    The Lions' secondary has definitely had its fair share of struggles, but losing Walton would be a blow to their coaching staff. He is a respected assistant, and it's important to consider that he hasn't exactly had much talent to work with in his time as secondary coach in Detroit. There's a reason why the Lions were so happy to retain him last year, and there's a reason the Rams are showing interest in him to run their defense.

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    Re: Rams are interviewing Detroit assistant Tim Walton For DC

    OK, I take it back. It's probably an ok show, but please don't defend American Idol.
    (Might be an age thing, or the fact that I've had enough reality here in 'Vegas the last 4 years).

    Anyway, back on topic, Walton might turn out to be "that guy" - God knows the Rams are due for the coaching version of Jenkins. Like his bio.

    I don't want Singletary, but cannot come up with one good reason why not, and Jauron is kinda' meh to me, but again can't really say why.

    How's that for some strong opinions.
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    Re: Rams are interviewing Detroit assistant Tim Walton For DC

    Makes sense, given that Walton has been working on Jim Schwartz's (Fisher's former DC) staff.

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    Re: Rams are interviewing Detroit assistant Tim Walton For DC

    Wait a minute......Kroenke's old lady's maiden name was Walton (of the Wal-mart Waltons).

    This guy is Tim Walton......


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    Re: Rams are interviewing Detroit assistant Tim Walton For DC

    Hub... I think you need to look up his photo. Pretty sure he's not related.

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    Re: Rams are interviewing Detroit assistant Tim Walton For DC

    AV -really love your sig - photoshopped or not - but think of a jester every time I see it.

    Thank God Rams don't have three horns.
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    Re: Rams are interviewing Detroit assistant Tim Walton For DC

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Hub... I think you need to look up his photo. Pretty sure he's not related.
    Oh yea?? Then explain THIS!

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    Rams interview Detroit assistant for coordinator's job/PD

    Rams interview Detroit assistant for coordinator's job
    • By Jim Thomas

    Rams interview Detroit assistant for coordinator's job : Sports

    Jeff Fisher’s search for a new defensive coordinator has taken yet another turn. The Rams head coach is interviewing Detroit assistant coach Tim Walton for the position.

    Walton, who was in St. Louis on Monday, has been with the Detroit Lions for four seasons. He was their defensive backs coach from 2009 through 2011, and added the title of “third-down package” to his job description in 2012, giving him a greater role in game-planning.

    Walton, 41, was interviewed last season by Fisher for what was believed to be a position as assistant defensive coordinator/passing game, but ended up staying with the Lions.

    Walton is the third known candidate to interview for the coordinator’s job since Rob Ryan dropped out of the running, joining former Cleveland defensive coordinator Dick Jauron and current Minnesota special assistant to the head coach/linebackers coach Mike Singletary.

    Detroit is Walton’s first NFL job, but the former Ohio State defensive back previously worked for 14 years in the college ranks at Bowling Green, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Memphis, and Syracuse. Over that time, he coached 13 players who were NFL draft picks, including five first-round picks, and four second-rounders.

    Walton was a college defensive coordinator for Miami in 2007 and Memphis in 2008.

    He coached with current Rams assistant secondary coach Brandon Fisher on the Detroit staff in 2011. In addition, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was a defensive coordinator for Fisher with the Tennessee Titans for eight seasons, so it's likely Fisher has good insight into Walton's capabilities.

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