In a move that was expected to happen once the Saints were done with the playoffs, Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is heading to St.Louis to join old pal Jeff Fisher and the Rams as their new DC.
Williams and Fisher go way back, as he worked for Fisher with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans in the 1990s and the two have remained friends since those days. When Fisher accepted the Rams head coaching job, Williams was expected to join him as his contract was expiring at the end of this season.
The Rams defense in 2011 ranked 19th in yards allowed, were 12th in scoring defense and ranked second on third downs in 2011.
Potential replacements for Williams in New Orleans include former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo and current Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. In-house candidates include assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt, who has coached in the NFL since 1979.