Last month it looked like the Detroit Lions coaching staff was set for the 2013 season. Now they find themselves needing a defensive backs coach.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news that the St. Louis Rams will make Tim Walton their new defensive coordinator. Walton was previously the defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis before joining the Lions staff.
Walton has been part of the Lions coaching staff since 2009. His defensive backs group has always been short on talent but Walton has been able to get the most out of them. The 2012 group was much the same way yet the failures of the pass rush are much more to blame than the play of the secondary when considering the performance of the defense as a whole. The Rams obviously saw something they liked and now Walton will have the Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins at his disposal.
The staff bio on DetroitLions.com also lists Walton as responsible for the team’s third down packages. The Lions finished last season in the top ten in third down percentage defense.