On Wednesday, the St. Louis Rams announced that they were going to fire defensive coordinator Tim Walton and will be hiring former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator. If you recall, Gregg Williams was the main figure in the Saints “Bounty-gate” scandal that lead him to be suspended for the 2012 NFL season.
This move was made by Jeff Fisher who wanted to bring in Williams for the 2o12 season but because of the scandal. But does this make sense for the St Louis Rams?
When he was with the Saints, his defenses were never going to stop teams from gaining yards but they would always hit the opponents hard and create turnovers. Maybe it was because he was giving players extra money on the side but regardless it motivated the players to perform. He is a players coach which is what you want from a coordinator. Jeff Fisher can play the bad guy and the coordinators can reassure the malcontents that they should listen to him and do the best they can on the field.
Jeff Fisher likes Williams but this hire has to work. Gregg Williams is taken over the most talented side of the ball for the Rams. There is not much change that needs to be made on the defensive side of the ball. Now that doesn’t guarantee success but the training wheels are off for Gregg Williams. He will be expected to produce immediately.
So does this move make sense? It can. Everyone wants to feel comfortable around the people they work with and Jeff Fisher feels comfortable around Gregg Williams. That chemistry can resonate through the team and create confidence. It can’t hurt, I hope.
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