A lot of Rams fans are unsure of the hiring of Gregg Williams after he was suspended for his part in the Bounty Gate scandal that took place under his tenure in New Orleans. All Rams fans should rest assure that Gregg Williams was a great hire and the Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams are a match made in heaven.
Not only is Gregg Williams a Missouri native (born in Excelsior Springs) his first head coaching job was at Belton High School in Missouri and he played his college ball at Truman State University, a small college in Missouri. Gregg Williams got his first pro job as a linebacker coach for the Houston Oilers. In Houston he worked under the great Buddy Ryan until he was able to overtake the Defensive Coordinator position when the team moved to Tennessee. In his first year as Defensive Coordinator in Tennessee his defense lead the NFL in passing defense, total defense, was 3rd in points allowed, and had 3 defensive pro bowl selections. Not to mention this team went on to lose to the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV. Williams went on to be the Head Coach of the Bills and then the defensive coordinator for the Redskins, Jaguars, Saints, and now the Rams. He had some very good defenses in Washington and gained a lot of attention for his relationship with Sean Taylor and his 10 men on the field defensive call to honor Sean Taylor after his death. All in all, Gregg Williams sported a top 10 defense 6 out of 11 seasons he held a Defensive Coordinator position. Although Williams could not find success as a head coach, he has been one of the best coordinators in football for the past decade.
Now, the real question is how and will Gregg Williams’ style of defense fit into the Rams’ current defensive scheme? Williams runs an attacking style of the 4-3 defense, and he loves getting to the quarterback and creating havoc in the backfield. This style of defense fit perfectly with the type of defensive players St. Louis already has. With an already very strong defensive line, the Rams are able to get pressure on the quarterback with out bringing much additional pressure, but do not doubt the fact that Williams will consistently be bringing pressure from every position on the field. This style of defense creates a lot of one-on-one match ups in the secondary, which is an area the Rams will absolutely have to improve on in the offseason if they want to find success in Williams’ defense. Truman Johnson and Jenoris Jenkins will be able to hold their own in one-on-one matchups but it will be essential for the Rams to add a CB3 that’s capable of covering the slot and a safety that can cover tight ends down the field. The good news for the Rams is this is a great draft class to find players that fit their needs. With players like HaHa Clinton-Dix, Justin Gilbert, Calvin Pryor, and Pierre Desir, and others, there will be no shortage of help in the draft if that is way the Rams decide to address these areas of need.
Over all, the Gregg Williams hire was a great move and was a change that needed to be made with St. Louis having too much talent on the defensive side of the ball to not be producing better numbers. The Williams hire gets a B+ in my book, the only reason the hire is not an A is because there are questions marks in the secondary when playing in man coverage and one-on-one situations. If the Rams can solve that problem in the off-season, the Rams are going to be looking at an extremely successful defense for years to come under Gregg Williams.