The Rams are starting the process to fill out their coaching staff, and now that Jeff Fisher is here, the other pieces are starting to fall into place. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New Orleans Saints’ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is leaving The Big Easy to join Fisher in the same role with the Rams. Williams’ contract expired when his team lost to the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, so expect him to be in place here before long.
Williams and Fisher go back a long way to their days with the Tennessee Titans, so this move was not shocking at all. He helped the Saints to a Super Bowl title in his first season with the team in 2009, but his defenses haven’t been quite as good over the last few seasons. Still, I think he did a nice job with what he had down there, and I like the fit here. He and Fisher will be on the same page, and they will both have some talent to work with in St. Louis. There are holes to be filled, there’s no question about that, but some big pieces are in place to keep this group moving forward. Having a guy like James Laurinaitis running the show has to be a big draw, while talents like Chris Long and Robert Quinn on the ends are attractive as well.
Williams wasn’t the only coordinator to make news in St. Louis this weekend, as Fisher reportedly met with Brian Schottenheimer as well. I talked about Schott yesterday, but it looks like he could be on his way here as well. We are still waiting for more news on the GM front, but my guess is that Fisher would like to get some of his staff in place before really getting in on that search. I would expect all of this to come together pretty quickly over the next few weeks, so don’t be shocked when the news continues to come out.