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Rams’ new defensive coordinator previews 2020 season

Brandon Staley, Rams

The Los Angeles Rams officially announced their new coordinators on Wednesday and each of them spoke to the media. During the press conference, Brandon Staley—Los Angeles’ new defensive coordinator—previewed the 2020 season.

“Structurally, our systems — from a personnel standpoint — there will be a lot of carryover,” Staley said, via ESPN.com. “I think that’s going to be a comforting thing for our players is they’re going to be performing a lot of the same jobs, a lot of the same roles . . . maybe schematically, situationally, technically, there may be some nuances, but it will be different.”

Prior to joining the Rams coaching staff, Staley spent the past three seasons as an outside linebackers coach under Vic Fangio with the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. While working for Fangio, he got the chance to work with the likes of Khalil Mack, Von Miller, and Bradley Chubb.

Of course, Staley replaces Wade Phillips, who was the defensive coordinator for the Rams since 2017. At the end of the 2019 season, Los Angeles chose not to renew Phillips’ contract.

Despite the change of face at coordinator, the Rams will continue to operate out of a 3-4 scheme. The first-year defensive coordinator believes that maintaining the same scheme will help with continuity on the defense.

This season, the Rams failed to reach the postseason for the first time in the Sean McVay era. Following a disappointing finish to the season, Los Angeles felt a need to change the coaching staff for 2020.

When free agency begins, the Rams are in jeopardy of losing Dante Fowler, Cory Littleton, and Michael Brockers. Provided that, Staley could be inheriting a defense that looks a bit different when the 2020 season kicks off.