It appears the Detroit Lions have yet another vacancy to fill on their coaching staff, because secondary coach Tim Walton is reportedly set to join the St. Louis Rams. It was reported earlier in the week that Walton was interviewing for the Rams' defensive coordinator job, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Rams have decided to hire Walton.
This is the second year in a row that Jeff Fisher has expressed interest in adding Walton to his coaching staff. Last year, Walton was interviewed by the Rams for an assistant defensive coordinator position, but he opted to stay with the Lions. As a result, he got a promotion with the Lions adding third-down package to his list of responsibilities.
With the Lions losing Walton to the Rams this time around, they need to find a new secondary coach. My early guess is that they will promote Marcus Robertson who joined the coaching staff as the assistant secondary coach last year. Before coming to Detroit, he was the Tennessee Titans' secondary coach from 2009-11 and assistant secondary coach from 2007-08.
This is really a tough loss for the Lions. The results may not reflect the notion that Walton is an excellent coach, but he is very highly thought of in the NFL, as evidenced by the Rams making him their new defensive coordinator. It would have been nice to see Walton get more talent to work with in the secondary in Detroit, but now it appears he is off to St. Louis.