INDIANAPOLIS • Tim Walton has been a defensive coordinator for about a week, but Detroit coach Jim Schwartz thinks it’s only a matter of time before Walton becomes an NFL head coach.
“In a couple years, he’s gonna be standing up on this podium also,” Schwartz said Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Tim’s sharp, and charismatic. He’s been a little bit of an under-the-radar type of guy, but not for long.”
Walton worked four years on Schwartz’s Lions staff as defensive backs coach, getting the added title of third-down passing game coach last season. A year ago, Schwartz said the Lions hired Marcus Robertson as assistant secondary coach with the idea that they wouldn’t be able to keep Walton for long.
“We sort of created a spot for (Robertson) because I wanted to be prepared in case Tim got an opportunity like this,” Schwartz said.
Since Walton was under contract with Detroit, the Lions could’ve blocked Jeff Fisher’s attempt to hire him as coordinator. But Walton left for St. Louis with Schwartz’s blessing.
“We’ve all been (at a time) where advancement is important to our careers,” Schwartz said. “To give him the opportunity to do that is something he deserved. He’s a smart guy. He’ll be missed.”