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Gregg Williams promises “culture change” in St. Louis

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New Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams says his players should be ready to do things his way, or not at all.

There will be a culture change here,” Williams said in his introductory conference call.

Williams hastened to add that by saying that, he’s not criticizing the way former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo ran the defense. But he is saying he’ll do things differently.

“I think the world of ‘Spags,’ but don’t mistake me for that,” Williams said. “I’m not him. And there will be some differences here on some of the things that I expect.”

So how will Williams be different? He said it’s less about changing the playbook and more about changing the way players are motivated.

“I get way too much credit for the Xs and Os,” he said. “But my specialty is handling people, especially difficult people.”

And Williams says his approach to handling people includes a lot of yelling at practice, followed by a calm demeanor on game days.

“I’m going to do everything in the world to put as much external stress on the staff and the players as I can,” he said. “You’ll hear a lot of hollering and screaming, and a lot of intensity come out of me. But on game day you’ll never see that because those players and those coaches that are working in those stressful conditions, they don’t need any more external stress.”

What the Rams do need is someone to whip their defense into shape following last season’s 2-14 record. Williams is the man to do that.

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37 Responses to “Gregg Williams promises “culture change” in St. Louis”
  1. srrjr82 says: Jan 25, 2012 6:48 AM

    Waiting for the Spagnuolo press conference promising a culture change in New Orleans.

  2. lemmam says: Jan 25, 2012 6:49 AM

    williams did a great job the past two years in new orleans didn’t he?

  3. joetoronto says: Jan 25, 2012 6:49 AM

    Gregg Williams: Live by the blitz, die by the blitz.

  4. thegonz13 says: Jan 25, 2012 6:52 AM

    He’ll need some talent first.

  5. realfootballfan says: Jan 25, 2012 6:56 AM

    Did I miss something, or isn’t Jeff Fisher supposed to be blustering on about culture changes and all that jazz, not the mediocre defensive coordinator?

  6. canjura says: Jan 25, 2012 6:59 AM

    I love the hiring of Gregg Williams. Why? Because he runs his defenses like I run my defenses in Madden, BLITZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ NON STOP!

  7. blizzard01 says: Jan 25, 2012 7:02 AM

    Never thought twice about the Rams my whole life. Now I despise them. Welcome to the club of teams I hate- you’ll probably win a Super Bowl soon. That’s how it works.

  8. mrcogburn says: Jan 25, 2012 7:05 AM

    Oh please.

  9. eeeeeeetme says: Jan 25, 2012 7:08 AM

    This guy was basically why the Saints weren’t the “team of the century” this season. The offense had to literally strap that sorry excuse for a defense on their collective backs every game. Wanna know how great Drew Brees really is? That team won 14 games this season with possibly the worst defense in the history of the NFL.

  10. butteredsanta says: Jan 25, 2012 7:08 AM

    Just like his boss…..over rated. Fisher’s 6 winning seasons in 17 years sure inspires “culture change”

  11. cakemixa says: Jan 25, 2012 7:13 AM

    Will he single cover Vernon Davis?

  12. eeeeeeetme says: Jan 25, 2012 7:16 AM

    You know the sad thing about today’s NFL is that the Rams…THE RAMS are only about 3 Free agents and 3 contributing draft picks away from being next season’s 49ers. You got a core on O and D. You get the right missing pieces and they will compete.

  13. worldwidebleater says: Jan 25, 2012 7:21 AM

    Culture change? I don’t know if arrogance and failure will work.

  14. chmba says: Jan 25, 2012 7:34 AM

    Of course the culture will change. Late hits, big fines until league cracks down on Rams. Look at where Saints defense went when they got rid of 2/3 late hit crowd (exit A. Hargrove et al except for Roman Harper). Defense went in the tank.

  15. mizzouram says: Jan 25, 2012 7:44 AM

    His run defense needs a culture change.

  16. lottsmissingfinger says: Jan 25, 2012 7:49 AM

    He should be more concerned with roster change.

  17. jackntorres says: Jan 25, 2012 7:50 AM

    Dr. Heat is not Dr. Cover On The Backend. Can’t wait to see who changes who’s old defense better with spagnulo in Nola.

  18. rmc1995 says: Jan 25, 2012 7:57 AM

    The culture change is going to be British then California.

  19. citnetter says: Jan 25, 2012 8:08 AM

    Personally I think defenses that predominately bltiz are a thing of the past. Most of the highly effective and succesful defenses in today’s pass-happy NFL are ones with a strong pass rush at the DL with a good, timely LB/DB blitz package here and there. Williams will improve the Rams D, but eventually they’ll die by sword with his scheme. It has happened everywhere he goes and it happened all year with the Saints and cost them big a couple weeks ago.

  20. hendawg21 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:10 AM

    Oh come now Gregg, if not for the Saints offense bailing your defense out time and time again the Saints would’ve been the St. Louis Rams…

  21. thevalsalvamanouvre says: Jan 25, 2012 8:10 AM

    If by “culture change,” you mean having people around with unnecessary letters in their names,” then this is correct.

  22. buhbay1c says: Jan 25, 2012 8:18 AM

    Apparently the 2011 St. Louis defense didn’t take enough cheap shots for old G-dubya.

  23. emoney12 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:26 AM

    Williams is a tool. Anyone that says they are great at something, isn’t good at it at all.

  24. kwoodc says: Jan 25, 2012 8:27 AM

    When exactly did Williams receive credit for his X’s and O’s?

  25. fballguy says: Jan 25, 2012 8:30 AM

    Wait a minute…No more tee-ball standards and trips to Friendlies after losses? Who will want to play here?

  26. fballguy says: Jan 25, 2012 8:35 AM

    emoney12: Williams is a tool. Anyone that says they are great at something, isn’t good at it at all.

    Unless you’re Muhammad Ali, a Diva WR or Howard Stern. Right?

  27. ole75 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:49 AM

    Does that mean the Rams will now have the dirtiest playing defense in the NFL?

  28. umrguy42 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:39 AM

    “What the Rams do need is someone to whip their defense into shape following last season’s 2-14 record.”

    No, what the Rams need is someone (and the right players) to whip their OFFENSE into shape, so that what wasn’t a half-bad defense isn’t made to look like crap because they’re on the field all damn game and down by two scores…

  29. lolb23 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:54 AM

    williams did a great job the past two years in new orleans didn’t he?

    18 42

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    42 people don’t get sarcasm

  30. lolb23 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:58 AM

    You know the sad thing about today’s NFL is that the Rams…THE RAMS are only about 3 Free agents and 3 contributing draft picks away from being next season’s 49ers. You got a core on O and D. You get the right missing pieces and they will compete.

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    With the way the Rams draft (poorly) and the type FA’s they seem to only be able to sign (nobody good/only players tied to HC past), good luck with that. Cloudy St. Louis is hardly sunny CA.

  31. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 25, 2012 10:01 AM

    You guys crack me up with this “mediocre coach” stuff. In his first year heading up the Saints defense, Gregg Williams landed a Super Bowl ring. The next season, he put the NFL’s No. 4 ranked defense on the field. And that was years after overseeing the Tennessee Titans’ most-lauded defenses. Get a clue, people!

  32. goawayeverybody says: Jan 25, 2012 10:07 AM

    I thank Gregg Williams for bringing home the Lombardi, but often times I question his decision-making and his evaluation of personnel.

  33. dukemarc says: Jan 25, 2012 10:22 AM

    joetoronto says: Jan 25, 2012 6:49 AM

    Gregg Williams: Live by the 12 pack of Krispy Kremes, die by the 12 pack of Krispy Kremes.

    Fixed.

    And the “Culture Change” he speak of, will cause his Defensive Assistants to gain about 50 pounds before training camp breaks.

  34. hawkman84 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:23 AM

    Please…whatever.

    We’ve always had ur number, Gregg.

    Twice against ur Redskins in the playoffs.

    And of course that fateful day at Qwest when it all came crashing down.

    So, keep on “changing the culture,” Greggy bc the more things change the more things stay the same.

  35. hawkman84 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:26 AM

    Then I realized…we don’t have Matt Hasselbeck anymore.

    (…..sighhhh…..)

  36. vtopa says: Jan 25, 2012 11:37 AM

    As a Saints fan I congratulate the Rams on getting Williams. He was the key to putting us over the top for a Super Bowl and he turned the Saints defenders into a rabid pack of voracious wolves that struck fear into opposing teams. Its not the Xs and Os with him, its the swagger. A lot of fans here in NOLA are trashing the guy for that last minute of the NIners game, but they forget all the other amazing plays our defense made this year. Just watch the Titans game, the Falcons game…people dissing the man don’t see the picture.

    That said, now that he has infused our Saints players with that attitude, we more than welcome the exotic blitzes and pass rush strategy that SpagNOLA will bring to us. Hope to see you guys in the NFC Championship Game (on our way to our second Superbowl that is)

  37. johntonioholmes says: Jan 25, 2012 12:16 PM

    What, are the Rams going to get worse at tackling?

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