Rams hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator

Gregg Williams is reuniting with Jeff Fisher. (AP)
Gregg Williams is reuniting with Jeff Fisher as the team's new DC. (AP)

Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, one of the main faces behind the Bountygate scandal, has been hired and given a multi-year deal by the Rams for the defensive coordinator job, league sources told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher fired Tim Walton after just one year in charge of the defense, and ESPN reported that in doing so, Fisher planned to hire Williams as the replacement.

Williams was suspended indefinitely by commissioner Roger Goodell following the Bountygate scandal of 2012, but he was reinstated last February and took an assistant coaching job with the Titans.

Fisher actually hired Williams before the suspension from the league was handed down -- and said he'd consider doing it again after Williams was told to take a breather -- but Fisher eventually hired Walton for the 2013 season after Rob Ryan flip-flopped on taking the job.

This season, the Titans finished 15th in the league in defense, but it was reported that Fisher took over much of the defensive handling in the middle of the season.

While Williams was penalized by the league, a number of his players came to his defense.

"Gregg did a great job of creating a professional approach to football. He made us accountable to each other," Saints cornerback Jabari Greer said. "He really created something that we still live off of today in our defensive room. We play with a passion and we play with an intensity that is going to be unmatched."

Former linebacker Barrett Green, who sued Williams, might not be quite as impressed with the hire.

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