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Rams’ Defensive Coaching Shuffle: Chris Shula Promoted, Giff Smith Joins as Assistant

The Los Angeles Rams have recently elevated Chris Shula to the position of defensive coordinator, and they’ve also enlisted the services of experienced coach Giff Smith as one of his assistant coaches.

Head coach Sean McVay has a history of incorporating seasoned defensive minds into his coaching staff, notably bringing in Wade Phillips in the past. After a brief tenure by Brandon Staley, McVay has now turned to a younger mind, promoting linebacker coach Chris Shula to the role of defensive coordinator following Raheem Morris’ departure to lead the Atlanta Falcons.

In their latest coaching move, the Rams have hired Giff Smith to serve as the defensive line coach and run-game coordinator, according to reports. Smith, who recently served as the interim head coach for the Los Angeles Chargers after Staley, replaces Eric Henderson, who left to become the co-defensive coordinator for the USC Trojans.

Despite the Chargers not securing a victory during Smith’s interim coaching period, losing three close games, the Rams have expressed confidence in his abilities. Smith’s coaching journey began as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1991, and he has since gained extensive experience in the defensive realm, progressing through various coaching roles at different schools. In 2010, he entered the NFL as the defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills, eventually moving on to the Tennessee Titans before joining the Chargers.

Although the Rams faced challenges defending against the run during Smith’s tenure, spanning three decades, he is highly regarded in coaching circles. His connection with McVay, forged through their shared association with Staley, adds another layer to his appointment, and the Rams are optimistic about the contributions he will bring to their defensive line.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
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