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Rams make quick hire, bring Gregg Williams back

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That didn’t take long.

Within minutes of reports that the Rams were firing defensive coordinator Tim Walton, they have his replacement already.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Rams are expected to hire Gregg Williams as their new defensive coordinator.

Williams was going to have the job two years ago before his NFL suspension, but came back and served his penance for a year with the Titans as a consultant.

Williams’s track record as an assistant (at least as it is confined to the play on the field) is a good one, and he added some credibility and edge to the Titans last year.

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62 Responses to “Rams make quick hire, bring Gregg Williams back”
  1. middy8484 says: Jan 29, 2014 1:57 PM

    Should be a good hire. He deserves to be back with the Rams

  2. coltzfan166 says: Jan 29, 2014 1:58 PM

    WOW. I was wrong. Bounty gate 2.0 is coming to the Rams.

  3. kst2074 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:01 PM

    Rams D already played dirty, now it will be official

  4. snitor says: Jan 29, 2014 2:01 PM

    Good for the Rams. Show they are more interested in winning on the field, rather than PR.

  5. sdisme says: Jan 29, 2014 2:02 PM

    Wonder if Blake will be back?

  6. rubenxx7 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:03 PM

    THis is a good fit. He will make a difference.

  7. tvjules says: Jan 29, 2014 2:04 PM

    Jeff Fisher must now be feeling the heat. He’d see more quicker success picking up a QB in the draft, rather than hiring Gregg “kill the head” Williams.

  8. grantsbuds says: Jan 29, 2014 2:06 PM

    The quicker picker upper-G. Williams

  9. joeymichaelsstudios says: Jan 29, 2014 2:07 PM

    Awwww sheeeeeet…Its on!

  10. seatownballers says: Jan 29, 2014 2:07 PM

    Rams shock me. They constantly have early picks, in multiple rounds but continue to suck year in and year out. Seriously, finishing last in division every year. They already announced they are sticking with Bradford coming off a knee surgery. Maybe it’s time for a new front office.
    Best of luck rams fans

  11. deathmonkey41 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:08 PM

    Thank you, Jesus! Walton was so unaggressive even Gandhi thought he needed to find a pair!

  12. joeymichaelsstudios says: Jan 29, 2014 2:08 PM

    Fisher is a D guy…..He has high expectations….only this guy can fill!

  13. ariani1985 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:09 PM

    And the seaturds just wet the bed. Kill the head. …. in other nfl news, the Packers are irrelevant again.

  14. bobbob1eye says: Jan 29, 2014 2:10 PM

    More proof that nobody in the football business gave a damn about bounty gate. He’s an awesome DC and his players would step in front of a bullet for him.

  15. trollhammer20 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:12 PM

    Williams’ bountygate background not only didn’t deter Jeff Fisher from hiring him, it actually improved his chances of getting the job.

  16. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 29, 2014 2:14 PM

    No more mr nice-guy.

  17. 80sbroncofan says: Jan 29, 2014 2:14 PM

    NFC West is going to be more brutal than before.

  18. wawa33 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:16 PM

    Greg “Kill the Head” Williams thinks that his new eyeglasses and goatee make people forget bountygate.. Just another retread hiring another retread.

  19. thevikesarebest says: Jan 29, 2014 2:17 PM

    Almost as fast as the packers were eliminated from the playoffs the past 3 years.

  20. bubba9er says: Jan 29, 2014 2:18 PM

    Ramsgate…

  21. biggestsaintsfanever says: Jan 29, 2014 2:18 PM

    So the Rams didn’t believe Roger’s BS either!

  22. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 29, 2014 2:20 PM

    You have to understand, during his long career, Jeff Fisher (who’s a defensive brainiac himself) has only had two defensive coordinators he completely trusted … this man and Jim Schwartz. No question, one of the two were bound to end up in St. Louis this season.

    -Titans Fan

  23. coloneldukelacross says: Jan 29, 2014 2:20 PM

    I like it…especially since ol’ Gregg has captured that latter-day Walter White look. Tread lighty y’all!

  24. tennesseetitan78 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:22 PM

    Gregg Williams did wonders for the Titans defense last yr. Even though we got Ray Horton as DC I was still a lil disappointed to see him go. With the Rams having some really good players on defense already there, the Rams D will b nasty next yr.

  25. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 29, 2014 2:24 PM

    Okay, psycho!!!!!
    Maybe this go round will consist of players shanking the opponents for five bucks.

  26. schmitty2 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:25 PM

    Say what you want about him as a person but look at what he did with the Titan’s last year. The Ram’s are far more talented on defense then they were IMO. Now if the Ram’s can just get it together on offense this division has the potential to be a 4 horse race.

  27. docboss says: Jan 29, 2014 2:26 PM

    Good hire if he can get the vets in the locker room to follow him. If Long and Laurinairis support him it will improve the Rams immensely. Now they must get an olb and a safety.

  28. chargerdillon says: Jan 29, 2014 2:26 PM

    Well at least we know Greg is sorry and he learned his lesson.

    NOW LET’S GET THOSE BOUNTIES CRACKING

  29. unclebluck says: Jan 29, 2014 2:29 PM

    Guys on here seem to think Gregg is a great hire as a DC….don’t know about that but I do know he was an abject failure as a HC when he was here in Buffalo….nobody would play for him….good luck Rams……

  30. chawk12thman says: Jan 29, 2014 2:36 PM

    Good for them……..NFC West keeps it interesting and challenging for all……..Surprised that they made the move when the Ram’s D was solid. However, I am sure the deal was made when he was initially fired/suspended indefinitely by the NFL…………

    Welcome and lets get it on!

  31. jwcarlson says: Jan 29, 2014 2:38 PM

    I still find it absolutely fascinating that the included picture is of the same Gregg Williams that coached in NO. Dude looks like he had an entire head replacement.

  32. thegame2love says: Jan 29, 2014 2:39 PM

    Greg Williams has now been hired three times by Fisher and funny thing is that Fisher has never fired him.

  33. backdapack4evr says: Jan 29, 2014 2:42 PM

    Ramgate

  34. winninaintsinnin says: Jan 29, 2014 2:45 PM

    Can we just institute the suspension now?

  35. ramitbaby says: Jan 29, 2014 2:46 PM

    Welcome to St. Louis, Alterraun Verner!!!

  36. mgmac says: Jan 29, 2014 2:55 PM

    Dirty sob, has no respect for the game

  37. gb4mn0 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:56 PM

    This is great! Now if the Rams play the vikqueens this season he can put a bounty on the queens 1st rd QB pick.

  38. leatherhelmets says: Jan 29, 2014 2:57 PM

    That “lifetime ban” was terribly harsh.

  39. jonny42671 says: Jan 29, 2014 2:59 PM

    Doesn’t even look like the same person. I guess I would try to change my appearance after what he did. The 09 Taints should try and do the same!

  40. stlouisramfan says: Jan 29, 2014 3:06 PM

    Fantastic hire. The defense was way too passive last year!

  41. gridassassin says: Jan 29, 2014 3:09 PM

    That’s a talented defense in STL and thanks to Washington they can continue to add to it. Surprising they didn’t just make Dave McGinnis DCoordinator.

  42. annapterp says: Jan 29, 2014 3:09 PM

    Gregg Williams is a very good DC. The bounty gate BS is/was blown way out of proportion. It was what every team USED to do, extra pay for big hits and big plays. Of course, that’s all ended now….

  43. tombstone7 says: Jan 29, 2014 3:17 PM

    Is this the same Gregg Williams that ratted out and threw his defensive players in front of the bus in New Orleans?

    Is this the same Gregg Williams that cut a deal with Goodell to turn state’s evidence in return for another chance to be in the NFL?

    Is this same Gregg Williams that most NFL players see him as a “liar-liar” pants on fire?

    Guys will play for the RAMS, but not for him.

    The coaching fraternity is totally bias…they take of their own….I wouldn’t be surprised if Shanahan ends up on some team staff as a “consultant” of something. Same thing for the former Ohio Buckeyes coach that dummied up about Terrell Pryor and the tattoo scandal….This crap wouldn’t happen in the real world….where ever that is!

    Who Dat Nation hates GW….

  44. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: Jan 29, 2014 3:17 PM

    I wouldn’t expect more than 10 wins for any team in the AFCWest or NFCEast.
    Each of those teams have four meetings with the NFCWest.

  45. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Jan 29, 2014 3:31 PM

    Due to the stupidity of the R-Words, the Rams are gonna get good. Fisher is a solid coach. As a Hawks fan, these guys are gonna be solid in a couple years. Thank God the Hawks are the 4th youngest team in the NFL – NFC West = best division in football.

  46. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Jan 29, 2014 3:41 PM

    So what you’re saying is now is the right time to buy stock in Just For Men?

  47. thehighhat says: Jan 29, 2014 4:03 PM

    If their smart they’ll now use that 2nd pick on a real franchise QB. Bradford is good enough to get you to 8-8, but that ain’t gonna cut it in a division with the Niners and Hawks.

  48. WACANHFL says: Jan 29, 2014 4:08 PM

    Bounty list for 2014 season:

    ‘Kill the Head’
    1. Russel Wilson $15k
    2. Colin Kapernick $1499k
    3. Carson Palmer $10k
    4. Sam Bradford -Trip to the Super Bowl

  49. 4thqtrsaint says: Jan 29, 2014 4:10 PM

    Being banned from the league ain’t what it used to be.

  50. jgedgar70 says: Jan 29, 2014 4:17 PM

    This really stinks. I hate it when genuinely evil people keep getting break after break after break.

    Good luck, 49ers, Seahawks and Cards fans. Make sure to have the visitor’s locker room bugged so you can get him saying “kill the head” of your QB on tape.

  51. realskipbayless says: Jan 29, 2014 4:25 PM

    To the people talking about the lifetime ban. Mike Vick got one of those also and what he did is much worse and they let him back in so let it go.

  52. seahawksbmx says: Jan 29, 2014 4:30 PM

    Great. If he can turn Saints into sinners, what’s he gonna do with this inherited crew of cheapshot artists?

  53. harrisbarton says: Jan 29, 2014 4:43 PM

    A couple of points:

    – Well, Williams’ new look is definitely an improvement. Last go around he looked like he was taking estrogen so he could develop man-boobs prior to his gender reassignment surgery.

    – Williams will screw up this very good defense. They can already bring heat with four guys. Williams will, as always, go blitz-crazy. And they don’t have the DB’s to do that.

    – To all those who wrote something about Fisher being such a good coach: You must be kidding. Over a very lengthy career he’s a .500 coach. Better than many, but nothing special.

    Same old sorry-a$$ Rams.

  54. rajbais says: Jan 29, 2014 4:59 PM

    Gregg Williams, the hot seat coach’s DC.

  55. riverhorsey says: Jan 29, 2014 8:13 PM

    Rams just became a very, very tough defense and team.

  56. siggtacular says: Jan 29, 2014 8:20 PM

    Williams is a joke !

  57. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Jan 29, 2014 9:28 PM

    Even though Percy Harvin already works bankers hours, this will most definitely send him to his very, early retirement.

  58. joeywoge says: Jan 29, 2014 10:18 PM

    The Rams are in the best division in football. They need this guy! He’s really good. Oh and by the way don’t let them get Clowney with the 2nd pick!!

  59. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 29, 2014 10:38 PM

    I.wished my colts would sack up and fire the D coordinator and upgrade him

  60. hess97 says: Jan 30, 2014 3:13 AM

    The Notorious Jeff Fisher late-hit style just got even dirtier.

  61. outlawjoe66 says: Jan 30, 2014 11:27 AM

    I love this hire!!! in the NFC West the Rams need to be TOUGH.. And they WILL be

  62. djshnooks says: Jan 30, 2014 2:38 PM

    The other QBs in that division better be careful…they’re all gonna get hurt now.

    This guy does not deserve to be an NFL coach, ever again. He sucks. He’s a scumbag.

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