It looks as if the New Orleans Saints will be in the market for a new defensive coordinator when their season comes to an end as Sports Illustrated’s Peter King expects Gregg Williams to follow Jeff Fisher to the St. Louis Rams.
Fisher has been out of coaching for over a year, and once he decided to put himself back on the market he immediaitely became the NFL’s hottest and most pursued head coach.
The St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins both pulled out all the stops to obtain his services.
His decision came today, he will take the helm for the Rams, a decision that took him over a week to come to terms with as he mulled over who was the best suitor.
Fisher will immediately begin rebuilding his coaching staff — and while he has likely identified most of his personnel — it seemed likely from the absolute begginning that Gregg Williams was always a primary target.
Williams and Fisher coached together in Tennessee for many years, and they are extremly close friends away from the NFL to boot.
Thus rumors immediately began to swirl of a potential reunion — whether in Miami or St. Louis — and it seemed like only a matter of time until Williams departed New Orleans.
Gregg Williams has not confirmed the report or it’s credibility, but that likley won’t happen until the Saints end their current post season run as they have currenty advanced to the Divisional round and a showdown against the 49ers.
Williams was hired by the Saints in 2009 after they fired then defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs after three seasons of terrible defense.
He dramatically improved the Saints defense that season, helping them achieve their first ever Super Bowl championship.
In 2010 he guided the defense to a top ten ranking, and while there was drop off in 2011, he has still installed a sense of swagger and confidence while helping the Saints achieve a third consecutive post season appearence.
The Saints will likely have options, and one could be the former head coach of the Rams, Steve Spagnuolo. Also the Saints are said to be interested in former Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio.