The Rams had to hire Gregg Williams as their defensive coordinator this offseason because his first stint with the team was cut short by a suspension from the league for Williams’ involvement in the Saints’ bounty scandal.
Williams was reinstated in time to serve as a defensive assistant with the Titans last season, but Rams coach Jeff Fisher still wanted to make sure with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that the league was fine with Williams taking over the defense in St. Louis. At a press conference formally introducing Williams on Thursday, Fisher said he got more than that.
“I had a conversation with the commissioner who not only endorsed Gregg, but felt that [hiring] Gregg would be a good move,” Fisher said.
Fisher said he reached out to Goodell about hiring Williams in January when he decided he was “uncomfortable” with the direction that the Rams defense was heading in under Tim Walton. It has been 14 seasons since the two men have been on the same coaching staff, but they had success together in Tennessee and Williams said it felt good to be back with people “who think and believe the same way.”
If those thoughts and beliefs translate into a similar level of play on defense, the NFC West may be even more imposing than it was in the 2013 season.