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Tim Walton
Secondary/Cornerbacks

Biography

Tim Walton is in his third season as the Giants’ secondary/cornerbacks coach, his eighth season in the NFL, and his 22nd year in coaching. He joined the organization on Jan. 15, 2015.

In 2016, the Giants received important contributions from several of Walton’s cornerbacks, including Janoris Jenkins, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and rookie Eli Apple. Jenkins and DRC were selected second-team All-Pros.

Tim Walton is in his third season as the Giants’ secondary/cornerbacks coach, his eighth season in the NFL, and his 22nd year in coaching. He joined the organization on Jan. 15, 2015.

In 2016, the Giants received important contributions from several of Walton’s cornerbacks, including Janoris Jenkins, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and rookie Eli Apple. Jenkins and DRC were selected second-team All-Pros.

Jenkins started all 15 regular-season games in which he played and finished the season with 49 tackles (44 solo), three interceptions, a sack, 18 passes defensed, and a forced fumble. He routinely covered the opposition’s best receiver and twice held Dez Bryant, Dallas’ star receiver, to a single catch.

Rodgers-Cromartie led the Giants and was tied for second in the NFL with six interceptions, and twice had two interceptions in a game (at Los Angeles and at Washington). He was the first Giants player with six interceptions in a season since safety Antrel Rolle in 2013.

Apple, the Giants’ first-round draft choice in 2016, played in 14 games with 11 starts and had 49 tackles (41 solo), 7 passes defensed, an interception, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

In 2015, Rodgers-Cromartie had one of the finest seasons of his career. DRC played in the Pro Bowl after starting 15 games at left cornerback and contributed 58 tackles (52 solo). Rodgers-Cromartie also had a team-high 13 passes defensed, and tied Trumaine McBride for the team lead with three interceptions. He was the first Giants cornerback to play in the Pro Bowl since Mark Haynes made the last of his three consecutive trips in 1984.

DRC scored on a 57-yard fumble return on opening night in Dallas, and on a 58-yard interception return vs. the Cowboys on Oct. 25. He was the first Giants player with two defensive touchdowns in the same season since linebacker Kawika Mitchell in 2007 (also one interception and one fumble return), and the first defensive back to accomplish the feat since Percy Ellsworth in 1998.

Walton was the St. Louis Ram’s defensive coordinator in 2013. That season, the Rams finished third in the NFL with 53 sacks. They were 15th in the NFL in total defense, allowing 345.0 yards per game. St. Louis was ninth in rushing yards allowed per game (102.9) and third in opposing yards per carry (3.7). That Rams defense was 13th in the NFL in scoring defense, giving up 22.8 points a game.

Prior to joining the Rams, Walton spent four years as the Detroit Lions’ secondary coach. In 2012, he added the title of third down package coach. Walton helped Detroit finish 10th in the NFL that season in third down defense as the Lions allowed opponents to convert just 36.5 percent of their third down attempts. The 2011 Lions led the NFL with seven defensive touchdowns.

Before his time in Detroit, Walton spent 14 seasons at the collegiate level, where he coached 13 players who were eventually drafted into the NFL, including five first-round selections.

Walton’s college tenure included two stints as a defensive coordinator. He held the position at Memphis in 2008 and at Miami (Fla.) in 2007. In total, he spent four seasons with the Hurricanes.

Walton was promoted from secondary coach to defensive coordinator in 2007 and helped propel the defense to a national ranking of 33rd in total defense. In his first three seasons at Miami, he coached the defensive backs and the Miami secondary ranked in the top 10 nationally in pass defense in 2004 (9th when he coached former Giants safety Antrel Rolle) and 2005 (first).

In 2005, Walton’s pass defense led the nation, allowing only 152.2 yards per game, and featured All-Americans safety Brandon Meriweather and cornerback Kelly Jennings, as well as freshman All-American Kenny Phillips, who was the Giants’ first-round draft choice in 2008.

Walton was at LSU in 2003 and his defensive backs, including former Giants corner Corey Webster, were instrumental in the Tigers winning the 2003 BCS National Championship and a Southeastern Conference title.

In his first stint with the University of Memphis (2000-01), Walton coached the team’s defensive backs. In 2000, the Tigers ranked fifth in the nation in total defense (first in rush defense), allowing only 275 yards per game and placed in the top 15 nationally in passing and scoring defense. He left Memphis to coach defensive backs at Syracuse for the 2002 season.

Walton began his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant at Bowling Green in 1995. He was promoted to running backs coach in 1996 and then moved to coach the defensive backs in 1999.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Walton has had three summer internships with NFL teams. He spent the summer of 1998 serving as a defensive intern with the Chicago Bears, the summer of 2001 as a defensive intern for the Green Bay Packers, and 2004 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under current Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.

As a defensive back at Ohio State University, Walton lettered four seasons 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.

Walton and his wife, Tracy, have three children, Trei, Timia and Tyler.

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