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Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:50 pm
Reunited and it feels so good. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Sunday night we passed along a report that the Rams were offering Brian Schottenheimer their offensive coordinator position and also mentioned the likelihood of Gregg Williams leaving the Saints to join Jeff Fisher in St. Louis. Though there's been no confirmation of the former news, the latter appears to have happened, as Williams reportedly will join Fisher with the Rams.

Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reports that Williams, who's contract was up in New Orleans, is leaving the Saints to complete the Titans reunion.

Williams worked with Fisher in Tennessee from 1997 through 2000 before leaving to take the Bills head-coaching gig. In his final season with the Titans, his defense was the top-ranked unit in the NFL. After leaving Buffalo, Williams worked with the Redskins and Jaguars before helping lead the Saints to a takeaway-fueled championship defense and a Super Bowl victory.

His last two years haven't been as impressive, however, and he was potentially headed to an awkward contract situation until Fisher took the job in St. Louis.

Williams will take on a pretty big task, as the Rams were 26th in the NFL in points allowed and 22nd in yards allowed. The Rams also ranked 23rd in interceptions but were decent at sacking opponents.

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Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 6:04 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Somehow, I get the feeling I was right all along, and this, yet again, is a step in the wrong direction for my Rams.
I wouldn't put too much stock in it brother.  The Rams defense, under Fisher, will be top notch in the NFL in due time.  Jeff is the guy who will bring the defensive philosophy to the table.  Count on it.  What is great about Gregg Williams coming to the Rams is we get a guy that has been there and done that for some time.  When last coupled with Fisher, he and Jeff recorded an outstanding defense, one that allowed just 191 points in a Season in 1990, later Willimas would have the Skins ranked 3rd in defense in 2004 & 9th in 2005.

There's more recent accolades with the Saints, like the record 35 takeaways in 2009 and holding Indy to just 17 pts in the Superbowl with the defense scoring as many TD's as Peyton Manning.

We have us a good on and if the Saints fans don't want him, that's on them.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:09 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

There was no way the Saints were bringing Williams back. The Alex Smith 35 yard touchdown run around the left end that required only one block against a Saints defensive alignment that blitzed FOUR players who were all line up OUTSIDE the opposite end (and as a result none of the blitzing players were within 15 yards of Smith) was the most embarrassing defensive blunder of the NFL playoffs, up to this point. The timing of Fisher taking the Rams job worked out perfectly for Williams in that it gave him the ideal chance to grab another DC position with a coach he already has a successful history with, while saving the Saints the headache of having to make a public announcement of his firing,

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:52 pm
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Since: Jul 14, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:16 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

puertoenrico, your interpretation of my comment was about as accurate as Jamarcus Russell in a sandstorm.  My post was maybe 5% about ME and 95% about the mixed message I'm hearing from Saints fans, in general. The "many others" I eluded to were not ESPN analysts, writers, or so-called "experts", but rather, other posters on this message board like you and I. I'm no genius. I can't even claim to have invented the hubcap in this instance. Lol. 

My confusion lies in many Saints fans lambasting me if I, or some other posters here on the CBS message boards, DARED question the New Orleans defense and whether or not they were capable of getting the job done. Yet, now that Gregg Williams guy is leaving, all of a sudden "changes needed to be made" and everyone is glad to see him go.

You could probably go back through the last few weeks of NFL threads to see what I'm talking about. I don't think anyone ever said they're "great", but certainly stable... and easily enough to beat the 49ers. I'm trying to form my own opinion on whether this is a good move for the Rams, or not. What I'm confused about is... which Saints fans am I getting the straight dope from? The "Pre-San Francisco" fans... or the "post-San Francisco" fans?

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:36 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Thanks for helping bring a Super Bowl victory to New Orleans, Gregg. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:23 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Rams fans better hope that their personnel fits Gregg Williams' scheme, because he will not adjust the scheme to fit the personell.  Call me crazy or overly-optimistic, call me a homer, but I think the Saints actually have some really good talent on defense (not including Scott "who was that that just ran by me" Shanle).  I think with a defensive coordinator, who is not so stubborn, predictable, and unadaptable (Steve Spagnuolo please!), the Saints could be absolutely dominant next season.  Look for the Saints in the Superdome Super Bowl!

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 1:10 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams


Could you sound more full of yourself: "I get the feeling I was right all alnog."  and "I or many others."  Are you talking about every ESPN analyst and every sports writer in the country, or did you just come up with that on your own?  The "beast mode" run by Marshawn Lynch was just played over for kicks and giggles not to lament the poor rush defense of the Saints?  Stop acting like you invented the wheel.

The defense has not been even close to what it was in 2009.  Like others are mentioning on here, it has become predictable.  Blitzing more than any other team has produced 3rd to last in turnovers and a middle of the pack number of sacks.  Meanwhile the pass defense was 29th in the league.  This following a year where the Saints produced the fewest turnovers in the league.

I am relieved that the Saints did not have to deal with an awkward offseason negotiating with GW.  Thank you Rams for taking him off our hands.

But hey, Jeff Fisher is a defensive mind as well, so maybe him and Gregg Williams together can produce good results. 

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:44 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Seam Payton admitted he let Greg Williams have too much authority on decision making when it came to players and schemes. Greg Williams was too arrogant to listen to anyone anyway. As a Saints fan I truly believe they will be better off without GW.

Since: Jul 14, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:09 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Okay... I'm confused. For the past 18 weeks, if I (or many others) mentioned that the Saints' offense was their weakness and would be their ultimate undoing, I'd instantly get blasted by page after page of Saints fans telling me how uninformed I am, and just how good the Saints defense actually is. A few weeks ago, when the rumor was floated that Williams may join Jeff Fisher in St. Louis, I thought, well, this might be a good thing. Maybe I was wrong about Williams and the Saints' D.

Flash forward 1 week and now, it seems, it's just the opposite. According to Saints fans, now Gregg Williams is an idiot incapable of putting together a simple gameplan. His once "genius" and "exotic" schemes and blitz packages are now... predictable. 

So, now I'm conflicted. I thought that getting Williams might be a pretty good idea. But, which Gregg Williams are we getting in St. Louis? The guy Saints fans have vehemently defended up until the NFC Divisional Championship? Or the guy they now want to run out of town on a rail?

Somehow, I get the feeling I was right all along, and this, yet again, is a step in the wrong direction for my Rams.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:02 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Left end Cameron Jordan, first rounder.  Next, Aubrayo Franklin, nine year vet at tackle.  Sedrick Ellis, tackle, first rounder.  Will Smith, another first rounder.  There's the line. Next, left linebacker Jo=Lunn Dunbar, middle of the road, with four years experience, undrafted.  Jonathan Vilma, first rounder, very active, middle linebacker.  Right linebacker Scott Shanle, seventh round 2003.  Left corner Jabari Greer, undrafted eight year veteran.  Free Safety Malcolm Jenkins first rounder.  Strong Safety Roman Harper second rounder.  Right Corner Tracey Porter also second rounder.

     Now, that's a bit of experience and quite a few high draft picks, not even mentioning Patrick Robinson, corner, who is also a first rounder, and third round pick Johnny Patrick, who are two recent 2010 and 2011 draft picks.  So where's the mediocrity or the aging, maybe at linebacker but that's it,  This is a good defense, just needs the right coordinator. 

     Dude, obviously, you don't know football very well, either.   

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