Its been a busy summer, but a great summer for Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. His career will come around full circle Friday with the Rams first preseason game against the New Orleans Saints and his first game as Rams’ defensive coordinator. It was with the Saints that Williams ended up getting in trouble and serving a one year suspension for what was known as Bounty Gate.
After one season with the Tennessee Titans as a senior assistant on defense, Williams is back in St. Louis with Jeff Fisher handling the job he was originally hired for prior to the suspension.
Once OTAs ended in June and the players left for the summer, Williams stayed behind at Rams Park watching every practice and every drill from every defensive player to get a better feeling for the unit he would be coaching. Then he took a week off to go back to his hometown of Excelsior Springs, Missouri to do some fundraising…something he’s been doing for the last decade, raising over $1 million.
Yesterday, Williams talked about what being home means to him.
Williams presided over five separate top five total defenses during his coaching career: Tennessee Titans (No. 1 in total defense in 2000), Buffalo Bills (No. 3 in 2001 and No. 2 in 2003), Washington Redskins (No. 3 in 2005), and the New Orleans Saints (No. 4 in 2010). As a defensive coordinator or head coach (15 seasons), Williams has coached seven top-ten overall defenses.