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Rams not tipping hand on D-coordinator game plan

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By Dan Arkush

The Rams hardly have been up front on the details of their defensive coordinator-by-committee game plan in the absence of Gregg Williams, who has been suspended indefinitely because of his “Bountygate” involvement.

“It’s been a well-kept secret, which I think (head coach Jeff) Fisher is doing on purpose,” one team insider said. “One reason is that, in Fisher’s mind, he fully expects to have Williams back next season.”

But perhaps an even bigger reason is the growing evidence that Williams’ son, Blake, the team’s LB coach, could be positioned to become the defense’s play-calling point man. Blake Williams has been off limits as far as repeated interview requests are concerned — a decision most close observers suspect is designed to lessen the pressure on him in an obviously sensitive situation. Assistant head coach Dave McGinnis, who also will have his share of input, has emerged as the defensive spokesman in weekly interviews with the media.

“But there’s no doubt he’s going to have a lot of input,” the insider said of Blake Williams. “He may know the X’s and O’s better than anybody else currently on the staff, and that’s saying something.”

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