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Gregg Williams agrees to join Rams staff

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Gregg Williams was a big part of the Saints’ only world championship, but his time in New Orleans is up.

Williams has agreed to become the Rams defensive coordinator, according to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. WWL in New Orleans also has the news.

The move was able to be made so quickly because Williams’ contract was up in New Orleans. Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Williams are known to be best friends in the coaching business. The timing worked out well because the Saints may have been ready for a change anyhow.

Williams’ defense played great for 14 possessions on Saturday against San Francisco, but fell apart late against the 49ers. The reality is that his defenses got worse during his tenure in New Orleans.

The Saints have struggled to created turnovers or get pressure on the passer the last two years. New Orleans is reportedly interested in Steve Spagnuolo and Mike Nolan to replace Williams.

Saints fans probably aren’t thrilled with Williams at the moment, but change seems to be for the best in this case.

You’ll always have Ft. Lauderdale.

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64 Responses to “Gregg Williams agrees to join Rams staff”
  1. stengy says: Jan 16, 2012 4:26 PM

    Good riddance.

  2. wawa33 says: Jan 16, 2012 4:26 PM

    Spags to Saints.

  3. mrplow3 says: Jan 16, 2012 4:28 PM

    The Schott signing sucked…..badly.

    This one however is pretty good so I guess it balances it out a bit.

    I’ll put the Rams at 8-8 this year as long as Schottenheimer doesn’t regress Bradford too much.

  4. stengy says: Jan 16, 2012 4:28 PM

    Definition:
    A welcome relief from someone or something undesirable or unwanted.

  5. redguy12588 says: Jan 16, 2012 4:28 PM

    Unless they get Spagnuolo, it’s back to mediocrity for the Saints.

  6. dolphinsfan69 says: Jan 16, 2012 4:29 PM

    Congrats Rams fan on this hire! He was the only reason why I wanted Miami to get Jeff Fisher!! Would of liked Gregg Williams in Miami.. He’s a very good coach.. Will help your D…

  7. roamingabriel says: Jan 16, 2012 4:30 PM

    YES!

    This is step #3 for us to get back to the playoffs next year!

    Fisher, Schottenheimer, Williams…

  8. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 16, 2012 4:30 PM

    Like I said the other day when Peter King floated the story- if Peter King says it’s going to happen, believe it!!

  9. objectivenflfan says: Jan 16, 2012 4:32 PM

    Looks like St. Louis has a pretty solid staff – best of luck to the Rams, now they need to get that QB some weapons.

  10. yettyskills says: Jan 16, 2012 4:32 PM

    Gregg Williams D’s always start off well, then fall off after year 3.

    So I expect the Rams D to do well next year.

  11. earthtopft says: Jan 16, 2012 4:34 PM

    You can never have too many dumb, fat, bikers with their heads screwed firmly into 1980.

  12. xpensivewinos says: Jan 16, 2012 4:35 PM

    Not that I needed any more reasons to feel good about Fisher saying no to the Dolphins, but Schottenheimer and Williams are now the icing and cherry on top of the cake. Whew, talk about dodging some bullets……Yikes!

    Be careful what you wish for……

  13. realitypolice says: Jan 16, 2012 4:35 PM

    Boy, the Saints sure are good at taking advantage of stupid people.

    First, they turned Reggie Bush into Darren Sproles and netted draft picks in the transaction and now they are going to turn Gregg Williams into Steve Spagnuolo.

    Not too shabby.

  14. nineroutsider says: Jan 16, 2012 4:35 PM

    Are they planning to employ a Saints type offense to protect his D? Even that is no guarantee!

    Saints fans should be happy, especially if they replace him with Spags. Rams fans have to be optimistic, but nothing more.

  15. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 16, 2012 4:39 PM

    Um, didn’t Williams’ squad give up a lot of points, including season ending points, to the 26th ranked offense last week? And you people are thrilled?

  16. cheapseater says: Jan 16, 2012 4:41 PM

    mrplow3 says:

    I’ll put the Rams at 8-8 this year

    ______________________________

    Sounds about right for a Fisher team.

  17. schmitty2 says: Jan 16, 2012 4:41 PM

    Good pick up for the Rams. If their D can stay healthy (and thats a big if) then I think they are more talented then the Saints D thus Williams will have better results. Playing in the NFC west doesn’t hurt either

  18. billybatty says: Jan 16, 2012 4:42 PM

    At least he’ll have a whole off season to figure out how to stop a division foe in the last 5 minutes of a game.

  19. nowillrepeat says: Jan 16, 2012 4:43 PM

    I appreciate Greg for helping us bring home the lombardi.

    But something was missing from our D the last two years.

    We had a swagger in ’09 that was lost.

    Missed tackles and no qb pressure or take a ways really hurt the team in the playoffs and a change needed to be made.

    Spags and Peyton worked together in NY and would be a natural fit.

    Make it happen Loomis!

  20. nola5712 says: Jan 16, 2012 4:46 PM

    Wahooooo!!! GTFO!! Darren sharper MADE you and youve been exposed for 2 years now!! Bring on Nolan or Spags!!

  21. thetooloftools says: Jan 16, 2012 4:46 PM

    I know one thing… the Rams just got tougher.

  22. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jan 16, 2012 4:46 PM

    i don’t think the saints are really losing much or that the rams are gaining much…williams is just a guy. anyone who thinks the saints will struggle without that guy probably doesn’t watch the saints much. i see them at least twice a year and they’re not losing anything special. their offense IS their defense; they just didn’t get many turnovers this year and they aren’t really tough or loaded to begin with.

  23. dvdman123 says: Jan 16, 2012 4:46 PM

    I can’t say it’s a bad day for the Saints. His contract was up and I honestly don’t think the Saints were going to offer him a new one.

  24. diehardsaintsfan says: Jan 16, 2012 4:47 PM

    Where we’re going……we dont need….defense!

    On a real note, thanks GW for helping us win a Super Bowl…Now lets get a DC that can get us a defense that can compliment that juggernaut of an offense…..Super Bowl – Nola 2013 – Who Dat!

  25. ramsfaninstl says: Jan 16, 2012 4:49 PM

    Very Happy! Saints are has beens anyway….

  26. mmskin says: Jan 16, 2012 4:49 PM

    la confirma has never broke his own story this guy is a joke he steals from the good reporters

  27. tonydungyisracist says: Jan 16, 2012 4:50 PM

    Why dont you just blitz on outta here.

    You hardheaded MF, would it have killed you to just play some coverage and make Alex Smith throw through some tight windows on the last drive???

  28. cmsaint9 says: Jan 16, 2012 4:51 PM

    Peace Gregg. You successfully blitzed the Saints out of the playoffs. And in less than 48 hours you blitz to St Louis. Seems like you knew the plan all along.

  29. realitypolice says: Jan 16, 2012 4:51 PM

    Good lord, doesn’t anyone consider facts when forming their opinions?

    All of these posts saying what a great hire this is.

    New Orleans had the 24th ranked defense this year!

    The year they won the Super Bowl they were ranked 25th!

    What are you people basing your opinions on?!?!?

  30. satanicxhellxcreature says: Jan 16, 2012 4:52 PM

    So, does this automatically make the Rams the dirtiest defense (tied with the Lions), or do the Saints make sure they retain that moniker?

  31. MossMoon2Packers says: Jan 16, 2012 4:54 PM

    Man, Saints fans are among the worst out there. Two years ago, Williams was their resident genius. This year, they consider him a bum.

  32. dvdman123 says: Jan 16, 2012 4:56 PM

    Even during their Super Bowl season the Saints gave up a ton of yards and big plays. Their achilles heal has always been their defense under Peyton. What saved them was the same thing that has made the Niners so successful this season…………turnovers.

  33. goawayeverybody says: Jan 16, 2012 4:59 PM

    Goodbye Gregg Williams, thanks for your service in New Orleans. You led our team to a championship in 2009 and I’m grateful. However, your defensive schemes were horrible on Saturday when it counted most so I can’t say that I’m sad. It is definitely time for a change in NOLA.

    Steve Spagnuolo, welcome to the Bayou!

  34. goldrush4949 says: Jan 16, 2012 5:02 PM

    Now Vernon Davis gets to go against a Gregg Williams defense two times a season!

  35. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 16, 2012 5:15 PM

    In 2009, Gregg Williams was the genius of defense. In 2010, Dom Capers was the genius of defense. Now they’re both idiots all of a sudden. Saints and Packers are on their way down.

  36. really2011 says: Jan 16, 2012 5:15 PM

    Good pick up for the Rams. If their D can stay healthy (and thats a big if) then I think they are more talented then the Saints D thus Williams will have better results. Playing in the NFC west doesn’t hurt either

    Not really… Ok so your DEs maybe better but our secondary, interior D line, and middle Lb is better. The problem is lack of discipline which is all coaching.

  37. wwwmattcom says: Jan 16, 2012 5:16 PM

    This is a bigger signing that Fisher IMO. What has Fisher even done to deserve so much attention {be the highest profile coach w/o a job}. Too bad the Rams are a little behind the 9ers already.

  38. tdk24 says: Jan 16, 2012 5:24 PM

    The Rams better find a way to get Sharper on that team, Williams is helpless without him.

  39. skito13 says: Jan 16, 2012 5:31 PM

    Iam glad to see that no one will miss Mr. Williams in Nola. We welcome Coach Fisher and his new staff to St. Louis. You might want to get a backup quarter back..unfortunately Brees will not last forever.

  40. schmitty2 says: Jan 16, 2012 5:42 PM

    really2011 says:
    Jan 16, 2012 5:15 PM
    Good pick up for the Rams. If their D can stay healthy (and thats a big if) then I think they are more talented then the Saints D thus Williams will have better results. Playing in the NFC west doesn’t hurt either

    Not really… Ok so your DEs maybe better but our secondary, interior D line, and middle Lb is better. The problem is lack of discipline which is all coaching.

    Speaking of “Not really”..Vilma is NOT a better MLB then James Laurinaitis-Vilma had 54 tackles and 1 forced fumble over 11 games. James had 142 tackles 3 sacks and 2 ints over 16.
    The interior line is basically a wash. I would take a healthy Bartell and Fletcher over Saints Cb’s any day. The only clear better position Saints have is at safety. As far as discipline..if your referring to cheap shots like tackling a receiver halfway in the endzone AFTER he has caught the ball (see game at Carolina),,is that Gregg Williams fault??

  41. thebion says: Jan 16, 2012 5:44 PM

    Yeah time has shown how critical Sharper was in the Superbowl winning season. Dude was a bonafide playmaker on the defence, a difference maker by himself. Those are extremely hard to come by and even more difficult to replace.

    Rams have some nice pieces on D (Long, Laurinaitis, Quinn) but they arguably have more holes as well. I guess if they can pull off what Houston did this year and really invest in some new players on that side of the ball they might get some joy though.

  42. rosloe62 says: Jan 16, 2012 5:48 PM

    Good hire. The Rams D when healthy is better than the Saints. Why all the Williams bashing? I guess Green Bay should get rid of all their coaches too for getting lit up by the Giants, who by the way, NY fans wanted Coughlin fired. Where was the Rams D under Spags? Sometimes change creates new opportunity for success. Ask Bellichick after he left Cleveland!

  43. xxwhodatxx says: Jan 16, 2012 5:54 PM

    I’m thankful for 2009 but I think that was a product of more plays being made on defense than anything. We need a Thinking DC not one whose answer to everything is blitzing which I think directly contributed to the loss this wknd. I know this team will draw interest from good DC’s they will be in it next yr.

  44. cags777 says: Jan 16, 2012 6:04 PM

    Judging his defense in the Saints over the last three years, I expect Rams players to blitz and even play dirty against opponents next season. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the Rams sign Cortland Finnegan to a two or three-year contract in order to enhance that.

  45. mwcarolina says: Jan 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    if i were a Saints fan, i want Spags.

  46. really2011 says: Jan 16, 2012 6:55 PM

    Speaking of “Not really”..Vilma is NOT a better MLB then James Laurinaitis-Vilma had 54 tackles and 1 forced fumble over 11 games. James had 142 tackles 3 sacks and 2 ints over 16. The interior line is basically a wash. I would take a healthy Bartell and Fletcher over Saints Cb’s any day. The only clear better position Saints have is at safety. As far as discipline..if your referring to cheap shots like tackling a receiver halfway in the endzone AFTER he has caught the ball (see game at Carolina),,is that Gregg Williams fault??

    so Schmitty, yes laurinitis had a better year than vilma who was dogged by a knee all year. not that I expect much from you after the rest of your comment but Biomass is widely respected as one of the most intelligent lbs in the league. see his chess match with ANd like peyton. this is very important when your DC is a stubborn blitzer, see any opponents comments. in terms of secondary. ill take all 3 corners on the Saints roster first. Lastly, hitting late absolutely GW, its his culture. come back next year and well see how u feel. better yet come back the year after

  47. geauxmez says: Jan 16, 2012 7:18 PM

    oh boy.

    Bittersweet indeed. I absolutely love exotic blitz packages, but our D needs a little thing called BALANCE. Next season is going to be a very interesting year of football.

  48. stampnhawk says: Jan 16, 2012 8:38 PM

    Welcome to the NFC West Williams…the same division where you’ve choked away your team’s playoff hopes the last two seasons by giving up close to 80 points in those two playoff losses.

    Who’s kidding who though….cooridinators know the game. He’s going from the hotseat on a very good team, leaving a lot of questions behind and unanswered, and got out of town quickly. The name itself allows him to go a team desperate for one, and to a team where they can’t possibly do much worse than they have last year.

    The team will be better, he’ll get some credit for the improvement (slight or otherwise) and then he’ll have built his reputation and coaching stock back up sufficiently to get a higher profile DC or even head coaching job in the next 2-3 years.

  49. hitit49 says: Jan 16, 2012 8:41 PM

    The guy that gave himself the nickname Dr. Heat for his blitzing. Worked out nice on Saturday leaving Vernon Davis in single coverage all day. That was the best offensive performance by the 49ers all year. Oh yea and the way he showed all his blitz packages to the 49ers in the pre season was special welcome to the NFC west Dr. Heat

  50. rushbacker says: Jan 16, 2012 9:36 PM

    If New Orleans signs Spagnulo, look the F out.

  51. chris7676 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:38 PM

    “The Saints have struggled to created turnovers…”
    Almost every article I read on PFT (and ESPN) has some type of error. The kind that would be easily corrected if someone would simply READ the article before posting it. What is happening to us?

  52. stlram says: Jan 16, 2012 9:47 PM

    I find it kind d of sad to sit here and read all the saints fans blasting off at Williams like he is the reason that the saints lost. Every other comment is about how his blitzing killed the saints chance. yet not a single one of them want to mention the real reason why they lost (5 TURNOVERS) heaven forbid that their precious offense coughed up the ball like a cat struggling to get rid of a hair ball. at least recognize where you actually lost the game.

  53. rolldat09 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:48 PM

    This guy didn’t have one prevent scheme. Dr. Heat, be gone.

  54. deathmonkey41 says: Jan 16, 2012 9:53 PM

    Wow- Steve Spagnuolo has parlayed a good game played by a talented defense in the Superbowl into a lifetime of people thinking he’s a defensive genius. In St. Louis, he built defenses that could best be described as terrible to mediocre. But you all go on thinking this guy is the second coming of Buddy Ryan. You’re going to be so disappointed.

  55. dawhorsefeathers says: Jan 16, 2012 10:03 PM

    More like Dr. Teat. Gynocomastia is hard to hide in that Reebok sideline gear.

  56. dmp5687 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:15 PM

    As a Saints fan I appreciate Williams’ service to the team, but I have to agree with several posters who pointed out that in 2009 Sharper was the key. In the past two years we got burned numerous times by those blitzes.

  57. fumblenuts says: Jan 16, 2012 10:19 PM

    His defense won’t be able to stop the BEAST on the Hawks.

  58. pacificnw7722 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:23 PM

    Someone needs to buy Vernon Davis a box of Kleenex for next year, because going against the Rams he’ll need them.

  59. schmitty2 says: Jan 16, 2012 10:28 PM

    really2011 says:
    Jan 16, 2012 6:55 PM
    Speaking of “Not really”..Vilma is NOT a better MLB then James Laurinaitis-Vilma had 54 tackles and 1 forced fumble over 11 games. James had 142 tackles 3 sacks and 2 ints over 16. The interior line is basically a wash. I would take a healthy Bartell and Fletcher over Saints Cb’s any day. The only clear better position Saints have is at safety. As far as discipline..if your referring to cheap shots like tackling a receiver halfway in the endzone AFTER he has caught the ball (see game at Carolina),,is that Gregg Williams fault??

    so Schmitty, yes laurinitis had a better year than vilma who was dogged by a knee all year. not that I expect much from you after the rest of your comment but Biomass is widely respected as one of the most intelligent lbs in the league. see his chess match with ANd like peyton. this is very important when your DC is a stubborn blitzer, see any opponents comments. in terms of secondary. ill take all 3 corners on the Saints roster first. Lastly, hitting late absolutely GW, its his culture. come back next year and well see how u feel. better yet come back the year after

    So basically your bitter your team lost to the 9er’s and you were probably heaping praise on Williams during the Super Bowl year

  60. dspohn55 says: Jan 17, 2012 1:02 AM

    Us Niner fans are thrilled by this news!

  61. mnvikes7897 says: Jan 17, 2012 3:28 AM

    He’s a dirty coach. I would rather see him tarred and feathered. Hello dirty ass rams.

  62. lookatthefarside says: Jan 17, 2012 4:08 AM

    Hope Bradford can get some real help…

  63. clintonportisheadd says: Jan 17, 2012 1:39 PM

    Expect William’s son as well as Fisher’s son to both be on the Rams staff next year.

    They tried to pull it off when both were with the Titans but the owner would not allow it.

    Kroneke is a firm believer in nepotism—just ask his kids.

  64. maturedwoman says: Jan 20, 2012 4:41 AM

    Superbowl here we come

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