Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Eagles give Rams a pass rush

Clyde Simmons (l), Seth Joyner at autograph event.
Jeff Fisher, Gregg Williams and now former Eagles defensive end Clyde Simmons have joined forces in St. Louis to build what could be a defense for the ages.

Simmons, who trails only the late great Reggie White in career and single-season Eagles sacks, is the Rams' assistant defensive line coach.

"Jeff remembered Clyde when they played together with the Eagles," said Jim Solano, the agent who represents Simmons. "He basically gave Clyde the opportunity to interview for the job. He went there and they were all impressed. Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator was impressed. And you know Clyde’s work ethic is unbelievable."

With the Rams almost certain to swap the second pick in the upcoming draft for a pile of draft choices, coaching will be more important than ever in St. Louis.

The anticipated trade has created a buzz.

"It reminds me of the time that Dallas traded Herschel Walker to Minnesota," Solano said. "They got a lot of guys and it instantly turned them into a playoff team. So hopefully everything will turn out well there. I think Jeff is a great coach. I think they’ve got a good quarterback. It looks like they’re going to pick up a lot of people in the draft. That will be great."


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