Albert Breer of SI.com is reporting that all signs are pointing to Rams hiring Broncos OLBs coach Brandon Staley as their new defensive coordinator, replacing Wade Phillips.
Breer says a deal between the Rams and Staley should be official after the weekend.
Ian Rapoport confirms that the Rams are hiring Staley as their new defensive coordinator.
According to Rapoport, Staley flew out to Los Angeles on Thursday and spent the say with Rams HC Sean McVay. The two parties will need to work out the specifics of Staley’s contract, but the expectation is that he will be their new defensive coordinator.
This comes as a bit of a surprise, as many expected the Rams to hire from within and go with Joe Barry or Aubrey Pleasant. However, it appears as though McVay is looking for new ideas and Staley has some good experience working under Vic Fangio.
Staley began his coaching career at Northern Illinois in 2006 and worked for a number of schools including St. Thomas, Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, Tennessee, James Madison and John Carroll before taking his first NFL coaching job with the Bears in 2017.
Staley followed Vic Fangio to Denver after he was hired as their head coach. Stayley has coached outside linebackers for the past three years.