St. Louis Rams alter, add to coaching staff

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- After an offseason that saw the first major shift to the coaching staff on the offensive side of the ball with the departure of coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher made a few other alterations to his ever-growing staff as well.

Most notably, Chuck Cecil has moved from secondary coach to senior defensive assistant. Cecil spent the previous three seasons as the team's secondary coach but will take on a more expansive role with the defense with his new title.

In accordance with that, Dennard Wilson has been promoted from defensive quality control coach to defensive backs. He joins Brandon Fisher in that shared responsibility. In Friday's first training camp practice, Wilson spent most of the individual drills working with cornerbacks while Fisher tutored the safeties. That's presumably how the duties will be divided moving forward.

Jeff Imamura was hired earlier as a replacement for Wilson with the title of defensive quality control coach.

Those aren't the only coaching staff moves the Rams made in the offseason. In replacing Schottenheimer, coach Jeff Fisher promoted Frank Cignetti Jr. from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator with Chris Weinke coming on in Cignetti's former role. Rob Boras was promoted to assistant head coach/offense and Jeff Garcia joined as an offensive assistant who is working mostly with wide receivers.

But there was also one more move made, as Fisher brought on Barrett Trotter as an offensive assistant. Trotter had spent the past two seasons working in football operations and as a scouting assistant. The former Auburn quarterback will help Weinke with the signal-callers.