It looks like the Saints have dodged a rather big bullet as defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has chosen not to interview with the Denver Broncos for their vacant head coach position.
Two weeks ago it was announced by that Denver has installed former quarterback John Elway as their executive vice president of football operations. He was immediately charged with finding a new head coach.
He announced via twitter some days later a list of canidates he would likely pursue to interview and Williams was at the top of the list.
The Saints however had more important things to focus on at the time as the team was preparing to face the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round of the playoffs. Denver could not interfere with Williams under league rules, but the Saints shockingly lost.
A fax came through Monday morning officially from Elway and the Broncos requesting permission to interview with Gregg, which was granted by head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis.
Williams was set to interview tomorrow and by all indications was heavily favored by the organization to take over for Josh McDaniels, who was fired after another disasterous season.
Williams has made no secret about his respect for the New Orleans Saints and was adamant about his happiness in his current position calling the Saints “One of the few true functional organizations in the NFL”.
After talking with his family overnight the decision was made to removed his name as a candidate and remain with the Saints in his current role for the foreseeable future.
He is sure to garner more attention from other NFL franchises in coming years and with continued success considering that in only two seasons he completely turned around one of the worst defenses in the league into a top five unit last season.
Denver is having little success in finding a new head coach as Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey also declined to interview with the ailing franchise and instead interviewed with the Browns for their head coaching vacancy.