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    Rams Name Gregg Williams Defensive Coordinatorthe team announced today.

    Longtime NFL coach Gregg Williams has been hired as the Rams’ defensive coordinator, the team announced today.

    “I am excited about coaching this defense,” said Williams. “I would like to thank Jeff Fisher and the Rams organization for this opportunity and I am looking forward to getting to work and helping our defense become one of the best in football.”

    Williams presided over five separate top-five total defenses during his coaching career, and as a defensive coordinator or head coach (15 seasons), Williams has led seven top-ten overall defenses.

    Williams and head coach Jeff Fisher have previous experience working together as Williams was on Fisher’s staff for six seasons with the Titans/Oilers, including four as defensive coordinator.

    “As I’ve stated before, I believe Gregg is an outstanding football coach and is capable of taking our defense to the next level,” Fisher said.

    Williams spent the 2013 season with the Tennessee Titans, where he served as a senior assistant/defense. With Williams’ influence, the Titans made great strides defensively last season. Tennessee ranked 16th in points per game allowed after finishing last in the NFL in 2012. The Titans improved to 14th in total defense last season after ranking 27th the previous year, were 11th in pass defense after a 26th-place finish in 2012, and Tennessee was 7th in the league in third down defense after ranking 21st a year earlier.

    Williams, a Missouri native who played quarterback at Northeast Missouri State, was the defensive coordinator in New Orleans from 2009-11, following a one-year stint in Jacksonville as defensive coordinator, where in 2008 the Jaguars held 10 opponents to 20 points or less. Williams spent the previous four seasons (2004-07) as assistant head coach/defense with the Washington Redskins.

    Prior to joining the Redskins, Williams spent three seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, where the defense improved each season. In 2003, the Bills ranked second in the league, jumping from 15th in 2002 and 21st in 2001.

    Williams’ reputation as a defensive coach was forged in his years with the Houston/Tennessee franchise, where he served for 11 seasons (1990-2000), including as coordinator over his last four years with the club. Initially hired as a defensive quality control coach, he was promoted to special teams coach in 1993 and took over as linebackers coach from 1994-96. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1997.

    In 2000, the Titans led the NFL in total defense for the first time since joining the NFL and allowed 191 points, which was at the time the third-fewest in league record books since the adoption of a 16-game schedule in 1978. Tennessee also set club records with 55 sacks, fewest passing yards allowed (2,424) and fewest touchdowns allowed (17). It completed a two-year stretch where the Titans posted an NFL-high 109 sacks.

    Prior to arriving in the NFL, Williams was a graduate assistant at the University of Houston from 1988-89 under former NFL head coach Jack Pardee. From 1984-87, Williams was the head coach at Belton, Mo., High School after opening his coaching career at Excelsior Springs (Mo.) High School.

    Williams played both football and baseball at Northeast Missouri State and later earned a master’s degree from Central Missouri.
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    Re: Rams Name Gregg Williams Defensive Coordinatorthe team announced today.

    GW now officially in. Let's get this defense going strong!

    Thanks Rambos.

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    Re: Rams Name Gregg Williams Defensive Coordinatorthe team announced today.

    Okay, this is what I was waiting for. An official announcement instead of rumors.

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    Re: Rams Name Gregg Williams Defensive Coordinatorthe team announced today.

    Optimistic, but I still think he's overrated. (Outside of all the "bounty" mess)

    He'll have them ready from Game 1, though, unlike Walton.

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    Re: Rams Name Gregg Williams Defensive Coordinatorthe team announced today.

    I don't think anyone saw this one coming..I mean, talk about an out-of-hire.

    But seriously, I don't know why they waited this long to announce it. Everyone already knew

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    Re: Rams Name Gregg Williams Defensive Coordinatorthe team announced today.

    Quote Originally Posted by AtlantaRamFan View Post
    I don't think anyone saw this one coming..I mean, talk about an out-of-hire.

    But seriously, I don't know why they waited this long to announce it. Everyone already knew
    They wanted make he knew his way back from McDonald's first.
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    Re: Rams Name Gregg Williams Defensive Coordinatorthe team announced today.

    Quote Originally Posted by AtlantaRamFan View Post
    I don't think anyone saw this one coming..I mean, talk about an out-of-hire.

    But seriously, I don't know why they waited this long to announce it. Everyone already knew
    You don't announce things until the papers are signed. I bet that was it. While everyone "knew", there were negotiations going on and you can't say it's a done deal until it is a done deal. After all, it could fall apart at any moment.

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    Re: Rams Name Gregg Williams Defensive Coordinatorthe team announced today.

    Quote Originally Posted by supachump View Post
    You don't announce things until the papers are signed. I bet that was it. While everyone "knew", there were negotiations going on and you can't say it's a done deal until it is a done deal. After all, it could fall apart at any moment.
    That's just silly. Why I've never heard of such a thing happening to a Defensive Coordinator in St. Louis.

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    Re: Rams Name Gregg Williams Defensive Coordinatorthe team announced today.

    Fisher wanted to hire Williams for D
    Updated: February 13, 2014, 2:33 PM ET
    By Nick Wagoner | ESPN.com


    EARTH CITY, Mo. -- From the moment he accepted the job as the St. Louis Rams head coach in 2012, Jeff Fisher wanted Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator.

    A series of stops and starts prevented that from happening until Thursday afternoon when the Rams formally announced Williams as coordinator exactly two weeks after Fisher made the decision to fire Tim Walton.

    According to Fisher, the surprise move was a simple matter of putting the coach he wanted all along in place.

    "Gregg was my first choice and Tim was my second," Fisher said. "And I had a chance to go get my first choice. That was it. It had nothing to do with Tim. When you sit in my seat at the end of the hall, often times there are some very difficult decisions that need to be made and that was one of the more difficult decisions that I've made."

    A reunion between Fisher and Williams took 14 years with plenty of bumps and bruises along the way.

    Williams, a senior defensive assistant with the Titans this past season, was introduced as the Rams' new defensive coordinator on Thursday.

    It was an alliance that nearly came to fruition in 2012 when Fisher took over and hired Williams to run the defense. That was quickly aborted when the NFL suspended Williams for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

    Even after that, Williams maintained hope that he could one day take the job he briefly had in 2012.

    "I've always thought that this was a possibility," Williams said. "I've always thought that this was a great place to be."

    The long road to Thursday's news conference was marked by a changing relationship between close friends Fisher and Williams. Before it was even possible, Fisher first had to make the decision to part ways with Walton.

    As is his custom, Fisher and his staff took some time away from Rams Park immediately after the season ended. When Fisher returned in mid-January, he sat down to evaluate the season, going back through the games in hopes of making a decision void of emotion.

    "I gave a lot of thought to the future and direction of our defense and I have to say I was a little bit uncomfortable," Fisher said.

    Fisher promptly reached out to Williams, knowing full well that some fences would need mending before he could bring Williams aboard. During the two years apart, Fisher and Williams rarely spoke and Fisher had fired Williams' son, Blake, after the 2012 season.

    "We spent several days together, discussing the past, putting the past behind us, discussing the present and the future and direction of where we wanted to go with our defense," Fisher said. "Gregg and I came to terms with a lot of things."

    Those conversations set in motion a chain of events which led to Williams' eventual return. In making his decision, Fisher also reached out to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Fisher informed Goodell that he was thinking of bringing Williams back.

    "I just felt Roger and I have a relationship with respect to this and I wanted to inform him of the direction I was thinking about going," Fisher said. "At that point, he was very excited and he endorsed it."

    Williams declined to offer further detail on the conversations between he and Fisher, stating plainly that those talks were between the two of them.

    In 2012, Williams spent his suspension year as a Rams season ticket holder, watching every game in the stands and rooting for his son and the team.

    Along the way, Williams said he was able to see the game from a different angle and get a better grasp on how other teams around the league were evolving outside the microscope of a one-week game planning session.

    In 2013, Williams returned to Tennessee as a senior defensive assistant. He helped the Titans finish 14th in total yards allowed and 16th in scoring defense after finishing 27th in total yards and last in scoring defense sans Williams in 2012.

    The Rams defense, meanwhile, failed to live up to lofty expectations and finished in the middle of the pack again. By the end of the season, the Rams ranked 15th in yards allowed per game and 13th in points allowed.

    Although those numbers weren't awful, they also fell short of what was taking place with the other three NFC West division defenses.

    As word trickled out that the Rams were bringing Williams back, Fisher said his phone began to light up with players excited about working with him. Fisher made his way down to the weight room to tell middle linebacker James Laurinaitis.

    Unfazed by any lingering bounty scandal fallout, Laurinaitis joined his teammates and Fisher in welcoming Williams back.

    "I think that's a thing of the past," Laurinaitis said. "I think Gregg has learned from it and changed. Everyone I have heard from that has played for him absolutely loves the guy. He's one of those coaches where you are going to buy into his program and he's going to have your back."

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    Re: Rams Name Gregg Williams Defensive Coordinatorthe team announced today.

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    That's just silly. Why I've never heard of such a thing happening to a Defensive Coordinator in St. Louis.

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    I was going to put that in my message, but I couldn't remember which coordinator that happened with. Thanks.

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