Fisher 'excited' to have McGinnis back on his staff, this time at St. Louis

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 11:37pm
Staff reports

The St. Louis Rams formally announced that they have hired Dave McGinnis to serve as assistant head coach under Jeff Fisher, who became head coach a little more than a week ago.

McGinnis is the second member of the Rams’ new staff who worked with Fisher during his 16-plus seasons as head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Gregg Williams is St. Louis’ new defensive coordinator, one of several positions he held under Fisher.

“I feel very fortunate that we were able to bring Dave aboard,” Fisher said in a statement from the Rams. “He’s been in a variety of roles in this league, from position coach all the way up to head coach.

“His vast knowledge and experience will be valuable assets to our staff, and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with Dave again.”

McGinnis spent seven years working under Fisher with the Titans. He joined the staff as linebackers coach in 2004 after three-plus seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. He spent the next six seasons as assistant head coach/linebackers.

Last year he served as senior assistant under Mike Munchak.

His NFL coaching experience dates back to 1986, when he was named linebackers coach of the Chicago Bears, who won the Super Bowl the previous season. He was defensive coordinator at Arizona for five years before he was promoted to head coach.

Munchak added two assistants to the Titans’ staff on Monday, including Keith Millard, who was named to the newly created position of defensive assistant/pass rush specialist.

McGinnis’ role of senior assistant will not be filled.