Peter King: Gregg Williams expected to join Fisher

AP

Gregg Williams will be coordinating the Saints defense on Saturday and through the rest of the postseason, but that could be it for his run in New Orleans.

Peter King of NBC and Sports Illustrated reports that Williams is “expected” to join Jeff Fisher in St. Louis next season. Williams ran the defense under Fisher with the Titans from 1997 to 2000 before leaving to become head coach of the Bills. He was a defensive assistant under Fisher and Jack Pardee with the franchise before moving up to defensive coordinator.

Williams, via James Varney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, said earlier this week that he won’t talk to Fisher, who he called his best friend in coaching, until after the Saints’ season is over. The self-proclaimed “Dr. Heat” didn’t offer anything concrete about his plans beyond the postseason, however he did pass on a chance to reunite with Fisher when he took the New Orleans job in 2009.

If Williams does head to St. Louis, it will be interesting to see if Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn joins up with his old mates from Tennessee. With changes looming on the Eagles defense, the whole band could get back together with the Rams.

55 responses to “Peter King: Gregg Williams expected to join Fisher

  1. Saints better win it all then, because they’ll be right back to 2008 if he leaves.

    All offense, no defense (and no turnovers) = 8-8 record.

  2. If the Saints dont win this year, they wont with Brees ever again. There D will dissapear if Gregg leaves.

  3. After Tebow shreds this guys D, will they still want him? I don’t think so. Take ’em down Timmy!

  4. Silly – lateral move…no shot! He’s got his best opportunity now with the Saints. I bet this never happens! Not that anyone cares…if he does – so be it! Who Dat!!

  5. It all makes so much sense

    Williams and Washburn go to St. Louis to be with Fisher.

    Spagnuolo goes to Philly to be D Coordinator, all the talk of Spags not meshing with Washburn’s wide 9 are no longer a concern. Howard Mudd retires due to the loss of Washburn. Mudd only came to Philly because of Washburn. Andy Reid gets to keep his good friend Juan Castillo and moves him back to O-line coach.

  6. I love Williams and don’t want him to leave(doubt he does)but he’s not the only good DC out there the Saints will be fine if he decides to move on. That’s what happens when your team is beast, other teams want your coaches. I’d have to ask why he would leave a winning team to go rebulid someone elses mess but that’s life in the NFL.

  7. For those singing the praises of Gregg Williams;

    Saints 2011 Defense Stats: 13th in points allowed, 24th in yards allowed, 19th is sacks and 28th in interceptions.

    Don’t get me wrong, would hate to see him leave but for a defensive “genius.” these numbers are average this season. If winning is important, he stays. If watching & calling his plays for his defense on the field for 40 minutes a game sounds enticing, St Louis is a great fit!

  8. redguy12588 says: Jan 13, 2012 5:50 PM

    Saints better win it all then, because they’ll be right back to 2008 if he leaves.

    All offense, no defense (and no turnovers) = 8-8 record.
    *************************************

    Yeah, like the Packers and Patriots this year.

    Nitwit.

  9. The NFL is all about the buddy system. Guys would rather go to far inferior teams just to coach or play with those familiar with them. Strange but true.

  10. Now I just wish somebody out there could tell me who the CHIEFS are going to sign for their OC???????

  11. [i]Why would any coach make a lateral move from the Saints to the Rams?[/i]

    Greg’s family is still in Missouri. He’s close friends with Fisher and he’ll receive the same (if not more) monetary compensation in STL. Also, if the Rams franchise turns around quickly and the defense is a big part of that, he’ll be even more attractive to owners as a potential head coach.

  12. jimmysimpson55 says: Jan 13, 2012 6:38 PM

    Another person the KC Chiefs brilliantly let go.

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    Gregg Williams has never worked for the Chiefs.

  13. If he takes the rams job this guys stock will fall. It’s easy to call defensive plays, dial up blitzes, take risks, and be “Dr heat” when you know drew brees and your offense will put up 40 points. I will be interested to see how he does when trying to win games 17-14. Suddenly getting burned on a blitz will hurt just a little more there Greg.

  14. bucsfan5000 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 6:24 PM
    Great news! We look forward to beating the Saints twice next year.

    Sincerely,
    Cam Newton, Josh Freeman and Matt Ryan
    ________
    BEST TO KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN!
    Cam you got swept by the Saints, the last game being an absolutely humiliating loss where you looked like a true rookie.

    Freeman, go back to modeling for Sears catalogs, you just loss your “youngry” head coach.

    Matty Ice, I could go off on you but that would be just wrong. I feel sorry for ya buddy, you should actually keep your head up. Sooner or later you’ll be relevant.

  15. Williams wanted to join Fish in Tennessee. Bud Adams does not allow relatives to work in organization. Gregg wanted his son with him in Nashvegas. Saints and Payton allow such a move.. I bet both Williams and Fisher kids are on staff in St.Louis.

  16. Why are so many people doubting this? While the NFL is vastly a business, these two men are best friends. Pure and simple, for all the things that this game is, it is emotional. If these guys really want to work together, then the saint’s be damned. Easy enough a monkey can get it, so should you doubters.

  17. factoryofsadness says: Jan 13, 2012 5:51 PM

    After Tebow shreds this guys D, will they still want him? I don’t think so. Take ‘em down Timmy!
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    Has Tebow shredded anyone’s defense???? No, and I doubt he ever will

    Also , for Tebow to shred his defense (at least this year) the Broncos will have to make it to the Super Bowl, which I give a 99.9% chance of NOT happening!

  18. Pure speculation. Hell, he’s got a 50% chance of being right. Besides, you know the saying, one door closes….

  19. Trust me, the best DC’s avail will be lining up to be coaching on a team that scores 35 points a game. Williams is overrated. Saints defense has been porous the last 2 years

  20. Why would anyone think this report is false? Of course it’s true. Jeff Fisher sent it out to help his good friend make more money. If the Saints want to keep him, they’ll have to pay more now to keep him from going to join Fisher. If I were Fisher, I would have sent out exactly same rumour to help my friend.

  21. thingamajig says:
    Jan 13, 2012 5:59 PM
    Why would any coach make a lateral move from the Saints to the Rams?

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    Because they won the Super Bowl in 2000, and were horrible now, like the Saints were at one time. Who says they couldn’t be good again?

  22. domehead says:
    Jan 13, 2012 8:26 PM
    Pure speculation. Hell, he’s got a 50% chance of being right. Besides, you know the saying, one door closes….
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    I say that if PK said it it’s not “pure speculation”…

  23. kirkmcguirk says:
    Jan 13, 2012 6:47 PM
    [i]Why would any coach make a lateral move from the Saints to the Rams?[/i]

    Greg’s family is still in Missouri. He’s close friends with Fisher and he’ll receive the same (if not more) monetary compensation in STL. Also, if the Rams franchise turns around quickly and the defense is a big part of that, he’ll be even more attractive to owners as a potential head coach.
    ========================
    EXACTLY!

  24. Williams has already worn out his welcome with many Saints fans. It doesn’t take a football indoctrinated genius to understand that blitzing 70% of the time is stupid strategy.

  25. The former head of the competition committee took so long to decide on a job because he was so busy contacting coaches before taking the job once he accepts the job it’s a violation of the rules. How shady and smart!

  26. bucsfan5000 says:
    Jan 13, 2012 6:24 PM
    Great news! We look forward to beating the Saints twice next year.

    Sincerely,
    Cam Newton, Josh Freeman and Matt Ryan
    ————————————————–

    Bwahahahahahaha! You might want to chill and go into hiding until your Bucs find a coach.

  27. rajbais says:
    Jan 13, 2012 11:36 PM
    Great way to kill the Saints’ chances!!!!

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    Isn’t it kind of dumb to run that rumor, while the team is still in contention for a title?…i’m sure the defensive players for New Orleans are thrilled to hear that right before a big game v. the Niners.

  28. So, Williams hasn’t said anything and refuses to discuss anything about next year, and reporters are saying he’s leaving to go to St. Louis. Total speculation made up story, based on the notion that Williams is friends with Fisher. What if I heard he’s also visited Dallas once when he was 17, so that means he’s going to the Cowboys? Or that he enjoyed a vacation once in Phoenix? In other words, are there any facts, or do we just report our speculations and musings as if they’re news?

  29. @ brenenostler says:

    Why would you want to leave the Saints for the Rams?
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    He did have front row seats to the complete beatdown the Rams laid on the Saints this year. He saw firsthand what the Rams have the potential to do.

  30. People are loyal to people… not teams. Especially in the NFL where player (and coaching?) contracts are generally not guaranteed. Most of us couldn’t coach for a living though we’d love to try – unless you’re a glutton for living year to year not knowing if you’ll stay on if the head coach/owner/GM/etc. person changes…

  31. For all those wondering “why” about this alleged move all you have to do is search this website for the word “NEPOTISM”.

    This is a chance for Fisher AND Williams to bring their son’s into the Ram’s organization and give them jobs with more responsibility than they have now and groom them to move up the NFL ranks. They TRIED to do it with the Titans and the owner shot it down. It was the partial reason both left.

  32. I’m sorry – with all due respect to gregg williams – he is one of the most over-rated coaches in the nfl. The announcers make him out to be a defensive “genious” – but the saints defense stinks – thay are a good “bully” defense – they blitz a lot and create turnovers when they are ahead by 3 or 4 td’s. But in a closer game – they are not a good defense at all – just my opinion based on watching them the last couple years

  33. Titans fan here. Worth noting that Gregg Williams chose the Saints over the Titans only because Bud Adams’ nepotism policy prevented Williams’ son from being a low-level assistant. Same policy pushed Fisher out the door last year when Bud would not allow Fisher’s son on the staff.

  34. Lame move by Peter King. I’m one of his biggest fans but Peter: you don’t have to break big stories like this anymore that you know will make it a challenge for Williams to finish out this season with his road playoff game this week. You should have let a green reporter or blogger leak that.

  35. Williams doesn’t have a contract to work for the Saints next season so that’s why he would make a lateral move to StL. So, if he wants to work, he’ll do it elsewhere….that’s why.

  36. Coach Genius was looking for a soft landing place for coach Wash, and here it is. Now he can hire Spags, place Castillo in the place he cleared out for him by firing Johnny Lynne and the family is happy and cozy once more.

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