Rams Hire Bush to Coach Linebackers

Posted Jan 29, 2013

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For a coaching staff that already boasts plenty of talent and experience, the Rams and coach Jeff Fisher somehow found a way to add even more of those two ingredients to their coaching recipe Tuesday when they announced the addition of Frank Bush as linebackers coach.

Bush comes to the Rams from Tennessee, where he spent the past two seasons holding the same position. He replaces Blake Williams, who the Rams acknowledged did not have his contract renewed earlier this month.

Bush is entering his 23rd season coaching in the NFL.

“I’m extremely excited to add Frank to our staff,” Fisher said. “Frank brings a wealth of experience and has a long history of success. Players respect him and our linebackers are going to enjoy playing for him.”

Bush brings a wealth of knowledge and experience accumulated over more than a quarter century in the league. As part of that experience, Bush is the fourth defensive coach on the staff to have experience as a coordinator.

Before going to the Titans, Bush spent four years in Houston, two of which he spent as the defensive coordinator. In his time in the league, Bush has been a player, a scout and a position coach in addition to his coordinator experience.

Along the way, Bush also had stops in Arizona (three years as linebackers coach with one as assistant head coach), Denver (nine seasons, five as linebackers coach, one as secondary coach and three as special teams coach, winning two Super Bowls along the way) and Houston (linebackers coach from 1992-94).

It was in that time in Houston where Bush first met Fisher as the pair spent the 1993 and 1994 seasons on the staff together.

Bush also had accomplished playing career. After a three-year career as a starter at North Carolina State, the Oilers selected Bush with a fifth-round pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. He landed on the all rookie team his first season but a medical exam three games into his second season revealed that he has a narrow spinal canal that would make continuing his career too dangerous.

Bush took a job in the Oilers scouting department in 1987 and has been in the league in some capacity since.