The Los Angeles Rams have promoted linebackers coach and pass rush coordinator Chris Shula to the role of defensive coordinator.
Shula, who is the grandson of legendary former Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula, has performed a number of roles with the team since he first joined Sean McVay’s staff in 2017.
He initially joined the team as an assistant linebackers coach, having earned his first NFL experience with the San Diego Chargers between 2015 and 2017.
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The Rams were on the lookout for a new defensive coordinator after Raheem Morris took the head coaching role with the Atlanta Falcons last week.
Morris is one of several members of McVay’s staff to leave Los Angeles this offseason, alongside quarterbacks coach Zac Robinson, assistant head coach Jimmy Lake, defensive line coach Eric Henderson and assistant special teams coordinator Jeremy Springer.
The Rams finished the regular season with a 10-7 record by winning seven of their final eight games, with Morris’ defense allowing 20 points or fewer in six of their last nine.
However, they fell at the first hurdle in the playoffs, going down in the wild-card round to the Detroit Lions and their former quarterback Jared Goff, who threw for 277 yards and a touchdown in a nail-biting 24-23 win for his team.
We have promoted Chris Shula to be our new Defensive Coordinator. pic.twitter.com/vn3lG8PIqy
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) February 2, 2024