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McGinnis bolts Titans for Rams

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Reports: Rams to hire Walton as defensive coordinator

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Reports: Rams to hire Walton as defensive coordinator

After hiring former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher and former Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the Rams have brought in Titans senior assistant coach Dave McGinnis as their new assistant head coach.

"I feel very fortunate that we were able to bring Dave aboard," Fisher said. "He's been in a variety of roles in this league, from position coach all the way up to head coach. His vast knowledge and experience will be valuable assets to our staff, and I'm really excited to have the opportunity to work with Dave again."

The hiring of McGinnis brings another defensive mind to the Rams, a sore need after St. Louis surrendered 25.4 points per game in 2011 and finished near the league basement in takeways with just 18. McGinnis' Arizona teams were known for their takeaways, including 39 in 1998 to help lead the Cardinals to the playoffs.

In addition to his time spent in Arizona, where he served as defensive coordinator and head coach, he also spent 10 years with the Chicago Bears as their linebackers coach, where he helped coach Mike Singletary to seven Pro Bowls, and helped the defense finish in the top six of the NFL six times.

He spent his past eight years in Tennessee, where he helped guide LBs Keith Bulluck, Stephen Tulloch and David Thornton to career heights. Seven of those eight years were spent under Fisher.

The way we see it

The hiring of McGinnis, one of the game's more personable, media-friendly figures over the years, gives the Rams three coaches with prior head-coaching experience at the pro level, including Fisher and Williams. McGinnis will provide Fisher with a valuable veteran confidant — a resource daily team observers believe former head coach Steve Spagnuolo probably would have benefited from a great deal. Between McGinnis and Rams MLB James Laurinaitis, who is like a coach on the field, look for the Rams' LB corps to be, at the very least, one of the more fundamentally sound units in the game, assuming McGinnis will have a hand in dealing with linebackers, his longtime forte.

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