ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- It’s been two years since Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was supposed to be exiting New Orleans to join Jeff Fisher in St. Louis. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Edward Jones Dome.
Williams got suspended for a full year for running a bounty scandal with the Saints.
Now, after serving that suspension and then spending a year with the Titans as an assistant, the 55-year old is back where he wants to be. In the state where he grew up, with the coach he worked under for a few years in the late-1990s.
“It’s a growing process. I made a pledge to myself to be better, stronger, wiser and tougher when I came back,” Williams said.
Consider that done.
Williams has so much energy during Rams offseason practices that head coach Jeff Fisher has had to calm him down at times. But that’s just way Williams is. He wants his practices to represent organized chaos.
“Everybody can con themselves through relaxed states of mind and relaxed walk-throughs,” Williams said. “You have time to second guess things. You have time to get on the same page. But you can’t fake who you are under stress. And that’s what the games are. In the NFL you’re under stress.”
The Missouri native and Truman State alumnus feels this Rams defense can be as good as any in the NFL. They have light years to go, he says, but they’re well on their way.