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Rams finalize coaching staff, don't name a defensive coordinator

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
Fisher will likely rely on McGinnis and Cecil to help him coach the Rams' defense. (Getty Images/US PRESSWIRE)

The Rams announced their coaching staff Tuesday and as it stands, the team is currently without a defensive coordinator. That's because head coach Jeff Fisher hired Gregg Williams for the job. Williams, who served in that role in New Orleans from 2009-2011, has subsequently been suspended indefinitely by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the Saints bounty scandal.

The Rams have no plans to name Williams' replacement, although that could change before the start of the 2012 season. On Tuesday's Total Access, NFL Network's Steve Wyche said that St. Louis' defense will be a "rule by conglomerate."

This is what Fisher said on March 21, the same day Williams issued an apology in light of the league's bounty investigation. CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Ron Clements wrote at the time that "Coach Jeff Fisher said it's unlikely the Rams will hire a coach to replace suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and will not name a DC. Fisher said that he will share the duties with assistant head coach Dave McGinnis and DBs coach Chuck Cecil. All three are former D-coordinators."

Fisher at the time added: "I'll remind you that the playbook that Gregg has originated in my office, so I have a pretty good feel for the defense. At this point, I don't have liberty to say who is going to make the calls and the decisions, but it'll get done and it'll get done effectively."

Wyche reiterated the Fisher/McGinnis/Cecil possibility during Tuesday's telecast.

"Cecil, remember, was Fisher's last defensive coordinator in Tennessee. And McGinnis has been a defensive coordinator for years with the Arizona Cardinals before he became their head coach. What will probably happen, is during the summer they will all put their schemes together, and when they get into the season, they will probably game plan early in the week. Someone like Cecil may coach it on the field, along with McGinnis. And once they get to the game, one of them will call the plays. That will most likely be McGinnis because of his experience and his breadth of knowledge."

When the bounty scandal first broke in late March, Fisher, who had worked with Williams on the Houston Oilers' staff, said that Williams had a “passion for (football) and a passion for hard-nosed, aggressive defense” but would never “disrespect this game to the standpoint where you try to hurt somebody on purpose.” (Recent evidence suggests otherwise.)

Fisher also said that he wasn't aware of any bounty program when Williams was the coordinator in Tennessee.

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