The Rams introduced Gregg Williams as their new defensive coordinator on Thursday. Williams missed the 2012 season while serving a one year suspension for his role in the “Bountygate” scandal in New Orleans. As Saints defensive coordinator, Williams offered payoffs to players to injure opponents. A number of those players are still active in the NFL West – Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree of San Francisco and Marshawn Lynch of Seattle.
Jeff Fisher hired Williams to be the Rams defensive coordinator when Fisher first came to St. Louis, then fired him when news of Bountygate broke. Williams has had success in the league building top five defenses, and Fisher couldn’t resist rehiring him now.
Fisher said, “We spent several days together discussing the past, putting the past behind us, discussing the present and then the future and the direction of where we wanted to go with our defense. I also had a conversation with the Commissioner (Roger Goodell), who not only endorsed Gregg but also felt that Gregg would be a good move for this organization. Gregg and I came to terms with a lot of things”,
Williams didn’t talk at all about Bountygate, nor was he asked about it by the media.
Williams was a Rams season ticket holder last year, and watched each game as his son Blake served as a Rams defensive assistant. Blake was let go by Fisher after the season. Still, Gregg Williams wanted to be part of the Rams coaching staff.
“I kind of put four ‘Ws’ of life on what I wanted to do with the rest of my career and where I wanted to work” said Williams. “What am I doing?’; ‘Where is it at?’; ‘Who is it with?’; and ‘The ability to win.’ I like who it’s with here.”
Williams has a reputation for building tough, ‘never back down’ defenses. He presented his no nonsense demeanor to the media on Thursday. When asked what changes he’ll likely make with the Rams defense, he said “If I told you, everybody else would know, and I’m not looking to tell everybody else.”
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