Saints Hire Gregg Williams
Gregg Williams has a new defense to oversee.
The New Orleans Saints announced today that they'd hired the former Washington Redskins defensive boss as their defensive coordinator.
"A lot has gone into this decision, and we targeted Gregg as the coach we'd like to hire after our first interview because he was so impressive and prepared," Saints Coach Sean Payton said in a written statement released by the team. "As an offensive coach, I have game-planned against his defenses in the past, and I know the problems they create. He's an aggressive coach, but his units are always sound fundamentally. We have some pieces in place for him to work with, and I know he's excited to get started."
Williams replaces Gary Gibbs, who was fired by the Saints after a season in which they failed to reach the playoffs despite quarterback Drew Brees having only the second 5,000-yard passing season in NFL history.
Williams, after leaving the Redskins, spent this season with the Jacksonville Jaguars but was not retained by Coach Jack Del Rio.
"Gregg is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said in a written statement. "We were looking for a coach with experience, a proven track record of success and a clear philosophy on where the improvements needed to be made on our defense and that process."
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