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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: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:12 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

If this is correct, maybe it's for the best. They gave up 41 points to Seattle last year in the playoffs and 36 to San Fran on Saturday, two offenses that will never be compared to Tom Brady.

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:09 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

I thank him for his 2009 work and I hope that he enjoys his ring.  The scheme had become stale and the fundamentals of tackling had slipped.  Very few turnovers in 2011.  The Saints need to upgrade the defense, as it was a B- at best while the offense was an A.  Don't waste Drew Brees' prime!

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:06 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Pretty much. Also needs to learn that you dont blitz and play loose coverage. The whole point of a blitz is to force quick throws. Well, if you play loose you are handing them easy quick throws. I think Williams has his moments still but he just brain farts too much

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:01 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

@ Brand Master're still bitter from that lost your team suffer against San Francisco earlier in the season.  Honestly, it wouldn't matter what type of defense New Orleans was playing in that final drive.  Alex Smith was poised to take in for the win.  And he did so by connecting with Vernon Davis.  Every football analyst agrees that Alex Smith is responsible for winning the game.  Greg Williams could've put any type of defenisve game plan and Alex Smith would've responded with a TD.  Smith was determined to give the 49ers a victory and he did!  Niners for the win baby! 

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:59 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Don't let the door hit you on the way out.  His scheme was way too predictable, and the defense did a terrible job disguising their blitzes.  Williams refused to focus on the basics (tackling) and would only focus on stripping the ball.  The results: very few turnovers and very few solid tacklers.  He only wanted to play his system, regardless of what the strengths of the players were.  Bring on Spagnuolo, and the Saints will be in the Superdome Super Bowl next year!

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:52 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Even with all the Rams injuries in the defensive backfield they ranked 7th overall in passing defense, it was their rush defense that ranked last that killed them.  I really hope Fisher, Williams, and Schottenheimer can fix this team and take advantage of what will definitely be a softer schedule than what the Rams had to deal with the first 8 games of the season.  Fisher needs to start by not fking up the draft and take advantage of how valuable the 2nd overall and first overall pick in the second round can be for the Rams.  If they don't come away from the draft with Blackmon and some extra draft picks, in my opinion it will be a failed draft. 

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:43 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

All the Saints needed to do is play them straight worts a FG but a straight up D Smith does not get them a TD in 1:37.....rediculous.If i was on the Saints I`m looking for Williams after the game asking him "WHY" !!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:39 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Williams single handedly blew saturday`s game......his defensive set for the last 1.37 was rediculous and throughout te game in Blitzing siruations played it safe. There is no way SF and Alex Smith go coast to coast in 1:37......rediculous and possibly good riddins for the Saints.......would not surprize me if they go hard after Spagnola  the only legitimate DC still out there.........Horrible loss and terrible ending for the Saints who should be in the NFC Championship game......

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:37 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Well, this was an open secret, at best.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:30 pm

Report: Gregg Williams leaves Saints for Rams

Angelo. you are the first person I've ever heard of that advocated or defended a "Prevent Defense". There is nothing I have ever seen fail more often !

For as much hate as it gets, it has it's place. It would have helped prevent the big play, which twice killed the Saints on that drive. If it could have forced the need for two or three extra plays for the Niner's offense, the Saints would have won, or at worst gone into overtime. That was a time to play it safe, and he was reckless and thoughtless.

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