Colts secondary coach Alan Williams oversaw a defensive backs group in 2009 that ranked 14th in total pass defense, though Indianapolis’ 6.2 average yards-per-pass allowed ranked No. 3 overall and is more indicative of the unit’s potency.
And this was despite injuries to All-Pro safety Bob Sanders, key nickel back Marlin Jackson, and starting left corner Kelvin Hayden.
Williams appears ready for a step up, and expressed interest in the Bears’ defensive coordinator vacancy at Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day.
“If they call and if that happens, when that time comes, it’ll be neat to explore the opportunity,” Williams said. “My time will come.”
Williams has been Indianapolis’ secondary coach for eight seasons. He helped develop Hayden from a little-used special teamer into a Super Bowl hero and the Colts’ top cornerback. Colts free safety Antoine Bethea, a 2006 sixth-round pick out of Howard, has emerged as a Pro Bowler under Williams’ watch.
Bears coach Lovie Smith indicated Monday that he may lean toward an in-house candidate to call plays on defense. If not, Williams would appear plenty qualified.