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NFL: St. Louis Rams to Hire Gregg Williams as DC

Jan 29 2014, 11:58pm CST | by

The St. Louis Rams hired Gregg Williams as their new defensive coordinator on Jan. 29. He was originally hired by the team in 2012 but never took the sidelines as he was suspended by the NFL for his alleged involvement in the infamous "Bountygate" scandal.

The St. Louis Rams are going to Gregg Williams as their new defensive coordinator on Jan. 29. This is what Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Jan. 29, citing multiple team and...

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NFL: St. Louis Rams to Hire Gregg Williams as DC

Jan 29 2014, 11:58pm CST | by

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The St. Louis Rams hired Gregg Williams as their new defensive coordinator on Jan. 29. He was originally hired by the team in 2012 but never took the sidelines as he was suspended by the NFL for his alleged involvement in the infamous "Bountygate" scandal.

The St. Louis Rams are going to Gregg Williams as their new defensive coordinator on Jan. 29. 

This is what Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Jan. 29, citing multiple team and league sources. Williams will finally get to work for the Rams organization after he was originally hired in 2012 but was suspended by the NFL that season for his alleged involvement in the infamous "Bountygate" scandal with the New Orleans Saints. 

Thomas also adds Williams is expected to sign his contract in the next week or so: 

"On the day the Rams announced that defensive coordinator Tim Walton was not being retained, multiple sources told the Post-Dispatch that Williams is heading back to the Gateway City as the team's new coordinator. 

"The hiring of Williams -- or is it re-hiring? -- is expected to become official within a week. He was hired by Fisher two years ago this month, but then came the New Orleans 'Bountygate' scandal in March 2012 and an indefinite suspension that kept Williams out of the game for a year. 

"After his suspension, Williams spent the 2013 season as a defensive consultant in Tennessee, but he was not retained once the Titans fired Mike Munchak and replaced him with Ken Whisenhunt.

"Williams' suspension left Fisher in the lurch when it came to running the Rams' defense, and their long-term friendship appeared to be frayed. But Fisher and Williams had a couple of heart-to-heart talks over the past several weeks, and here we are."

When Williams was ineligible to work for St. Louis, his son Blake became the Rams de facto coordinator and linebackers coach. He was eventually fired after the 2012 season. 

The news of Williams' impending hiring also coincides with the firing of Rams defensive coordinator Tim Walton on Jan. 29. The team's official website issued a press release about the dismissal: 

"The St. Louis Rams have relieved Tim Walton from his defensive coordinator position, the team announced today. 

"'I would like to thank Tim for his hard work and contributions to our defense,' said Rams head coach Jeff Fisher. 'I wish him well in the future.'

"Walton served as defensive coordinator of the Rams for the 2013 season, coming from the Detroit Lions where he spent four years as secondary coach."

Chris Mortensen and Nick Wagoner of ESPN describes Walton's one-year tenure with the Rams as "tumultuous." His defense struggled in losses to the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. 

Rumors have it that Fisher had a bigger hand in calling the defense as the 2013 NFL season wore on, per Mortensen and Wagoner, who chime in on Walton's firing:

"By the end of the season, the Rams ranked 15th in yards allowed per game and 13th in points allowed. Walton often drew criticism for lack of aggression in coverage, a criticism buoyed by the Rams allowing a 68.1 percent completion rate, tied for worst in the league."  

Wagoner then stresses in a separate article that Williams' hiring "makes sense" in spite of the scandal in New Orleans: 

"From a pure football perspective, the move makes sense. Williams and Fisher built the attacking, aggressive defensive scheme favored by both coaches and will continue to deploy in St. Louis.

"Williams' involvement in the bounty scandal is sure to bring questions, but there's no denying his positive impact on Tennessee's defense in 2013. The Titans finished 14th in total yards allowed and 16th in scoring defense with Williams helping out after finishing 27th in total yards and last in scoring defense in 2012."

The Rams went 7-9 (.438) in 2013 to finish in fourth and last place in the NFC West division. 

 

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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