ST. LOUIS - Gregg Williams has been named defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.
Williams led seven top-ten overall defenses as a defensive coordinator or head coach during 15 seasons, along with five separate top-five total defenses during his coaching career.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher worked with Williams for six seasons while with the Titans/Oilers, four of which were as defensive coordinator.
"As I've stated before, I believe Gregg is an outstanding football coach and is capable of taking our defense to the next level," Fisher said.
Williams served as a senior assistant/defense while with the Tennessee Titans in 2013. The Titans ranked 16th in points per game allowed after finishing last in 2012. They were 14th in total defense last year, an improvement from the previous year when they ranked 27th, 11th in pass defense after a 2012 finish of 26th and finished 7th in the league in third down defense after ranking 21st the year before.
"I am excited about coaching this defense. I would like to thank Jeff Fisher and the Rams organization for this opportunity," Williams said. "I am looking forward to getting to work and helping our defense becoming the best in football."
From 2009-2011 Williams was the defensive coordinator for New Orleans and was with Jacksonville, also as defensive coordinator, during the 2008 season where the team held 10 opponents to 20 points or less.
Williams was suspended in March 2012 for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, and reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell in February 2013.
From 2004-2007, he was with the Washington Redskins as an assistant head coach/defense.
Williams was head coach of the Buffalo Bills for three seasons before joining the Redskins. The Bills ranked second in the league during the 2003 season, an improvement from ranking 15th in 2002 and 21st in 2001.
Williams' got his reputation as a defensive coach while serving 11 seasons (1990-2000) with the Houston/Tennessee franchises, serving his last four years with the club as coordinator. While Williams was originally hired as a defensive quality control coach, he was promoted in 1993 to special teams and then took over as a linebacker coach from 1994-1996, then promoted again to defensive coordinator in 1997.
The Tennessee Titans led in total defense in 2000, the first time since joining the NFL, allowing 191 points which was, at the time, the third fewest in the league since start of the 16 game schedule in 1978. The Titians set multiple club records with fewest passing yards (2,424), fewest touchdowns allowed (17) and 55 sacks. This completed a two-year period where the Titians posted 109 sacks, an NFL high.
Williams was a graduate assistant at the University of Huston from 1988-1989 under previous NFL head coach Jack Pardee. Williams was head coach at Belton, Missouri High School from 1984-1987 after starting his coaching career at Excelsior Springs High School in Missouri.