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Giants hire CB Coach Tim Walton: 5 things you need to know

Posted Jan 15, 2015

Here are five things you need to know about the Giants new Cornerbacks Coach


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Walton most recently served as the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams in 2013. Previously, he was the defensive backs/third-down package coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009-2012. He comes from a coaching tree that includes Jeff Fisher, Jim Schwartz, Nick Saban and Mike Tomlin (summer intern).
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2. In 2011, Detroit’s secondary accounted for 16 of the team’s 21 interceptions, the most by a group of Lions defensive backs since 2005. Three were returned for touchdowns that season, the most by a Lions secondary since 2001.

3. Before going to Detroit, he was the defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis (2008) and had additional responsibilities coaching the safeties. He also rose to defensive coordinator at the University of Miami after coaching defensive backs at LSU, Syracuse, and Bowling Green. Throughout his 14-year collegiate coaching career, Walton coached 13 players who were eventually drafted into the NFL, including five first-round picks (Antrel Rolle, Brandon Meriweather, Kelly Jennings, Kenny Phillips, and LaRon Landry) and four second-round picks (Corey Webster, Idrees Bashir, Devin Hester, and  Michael Stone).

4. Walton served at LSU in 2003 when his defensive backs were key factors in winning the 2003 BCS National Championship and a Southeastern Conference title. The LSU defense ranked among the nation's top three in four major defensive statistical categories: total defense, scoring defense, pass efficiency defense, and rushing defense.

5. A native of Columbus, Ga., Walton lettered four seasons as a defensive back at Ohio State and served as co-captain for the Big Ten champions in 1993. During his time with the Buckeyes, OSU went to four bowl games, including the Liberty Bowl in 1990. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from OSU in 1994.

COACHING BACKGROUND

1995 Bowling Green Defensive Graduate Assistant
1996-98 Bowling Green Running Backs
1999 Bowling Green Defensive Backs
2000-01 Memphis Defensive Backs
2002 Syracuse Defensive Backs
2003 LSU Defensive Backs
2004-06 Miami Defensive Backs
2007 Miami Defensive Coordinator
2008 Memphis Defensive Coordinator
2009-12 Detroit Lions Defensive Backs/3rd Down Package
2013 St. Louis Rams Defensive Coordinator