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Report: Williams could follow Fisher (to Rams?)

Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:16 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 12:57 pm
Could Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams join forces in 2012? (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is known for his aggressive, blitz-happy style and it's served New Orleans well in recent years (also helping: having Drew Brees on the other side of the ball dropping 400 yards a game on helpless opponents). But Williams has been an NFL coach for more than two decades, getting his start with the Houston Oilers in 1990. He coached under Buddy Ryan during that time, and became the Titans' defensive coordinator in 1997, four seasons into Jeff Fisher's tenure.

Williams and Fisher's paths have diverged in the years since; the former was the Bills' head coach from 2001-03, the Redskins defensive coordinator under Joe Gibbs (2004-07), the Jags' DC (2008), before landing in New Orleans in 2009. The latter coached the Titans through 2010, took 2011 off and now looks to be a prime candidate for either the Rams or Dolphins gig in '12.

And when Fisher returns, he could be interested in bringing Williams with him. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "many around the league" will leave New Orleans after the season and -- to borrow a phrase -- join forces with Fisher. The two helped lead the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV in January 2000, a 23-16 loss to the "Greatest Show on Turf" Rams.

Meanwhile, sources tell's Mike Freeman that it's "95 percent certain" that Fisher is headed to St. Louis. 

More corroboration:'s Jay Glazer reported during Sunday's pregame show that the Dolphins have moved on from Fisher, presumably because they think he's leaning towards taking the St. Louis gig. (Glazer tweets: "I'd be shocked if Fisher isn't Rams new coach in next 48 hours. He's at Rams complex mtg w Bradford and others.")

Then there's this: "Unless something didn't work for the Rams or for Jeff when they met Thursday, it was always planned that there would be a follow-up in St. Louis," a source very close to Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Distpatch's Jim Thomas. Like Glazer, Thomas thinks that "Fisher wouldn't be visiting Rams Park on Sunday if he wasn't seriously considering becoming the next head coach of the St. Louis Rams."

More details via Thomas:
In interviews with Miami and St. Louis, Fisher did a lot of listening. He wanted to get a sense of each owner's vision for the franchise, but also check on more mundane matters as well.

Fisher went into both meetings with a checklist of all the non-economic things important to him, seeking to get those answered to his — and the club's — satisfaction. …The idea was to avoid any remorse or misunderstanding once the parties started discussing financial terms.
As for the Dolphins, other candidates they might now be interested in include Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Packer offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, and Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. 

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Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 1:45 pm

Report: Williams could follow Fisher (to Rams?)

Williams should go, defense too predictable. We can hire Rex Ryan for defensive coordinator after he gets fired from Jets

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:25 am

Report: Williams could follow Fisher (to Rams?)

Please send somewhere! His defense is painful to watch. He wouldn't even be considered average if not for the output of the offense.

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:50 am

Report: Williams could follow Fisher (to Rams?)

I agree with you 100% Dr. G! I'm a lifelong Washington Redskins fan and watched Greg Williams up close when he joined up with Joe Gibbs 2.0 back in 2004 after Gibbs came out of retirement and I'm not all that impressed by him. I think he's highly over-rated and is nowhere close to being the genuis defensive coordinator that some make him out to be. He's quite lucky to be in New Orleans with Drew Brees and that offense to run cover for him and his defense!

He came across as very smug and arrogant in his time in D.C. and the best move Redskins owner Dan Snyder has made in his 12 year reign of error was to let Williams walk after Gibbs retired the second time.     

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:20 am

Report: Williams could follow Fisher (to Rams?)

Dr. Gumbo, I agree.  His style is average for the Saints.  What if we didn't have Drew Brees slinging the ball 400yds a game?  I'm not so sure that defense will work with an average QB.

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:40 pm

Report: Williams could follow Fisher (to Rams?)

Don't expect too much from him if he does go to the Rams.  As a Saints fan, I can tell you that G Williams is over-rated.  His defenses are very predictabe, and they never disguise the blitz.  He's better than average, but over-rated.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:21 pm

Report: Williams could follow Fisher (to Rams?)

"But Williams has been an NFL for more than two decades..."

Boy, that's a relief.

Fisher and Williams and wow, we will have an average team again!

Oh boy.

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:16 pm

Report: Williams could follow Fisher (to Rams?)

Is that Williams in that pic,or Will Farrell??

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:12 pm

Report: Williams could follow Fisher to new job

This is too good to be true. Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams , oh my god this is just great if does indeed happen.

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