Rams fire defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, son
St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – The St. Louis Rams have officially fired suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and son, Blake.
The latter served as the Rams’ linebackers coach this season.
Gregg is still suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his role in the Bountygate scandal with the New Orleans Saints. He reportedly was a key part of a program that encouraged his players to injure opponents.
Head coach Jeff Fisher decided not to name a replacement defensive coordinator for the 2012 season.
He also gave many of Gregg’s responsibilities to the 27-year-old Blake, making him one of the youngest assistant coaches ever to handle play calling in the NFL.
Blake’s dismissal was due to his inability to get along with the rest of the staff, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Sources told Thomas that the younger Williams’ ego “didn’t match his résumé and his blunt approach didn’t go over well.”
This was the first year that Blake worked in the NFL without his father on the same staff.
Blake is now looking for work elsewhere, and if he finds work before his dad is reinstated, it will be his first coaching job that his father didn’t get him. He previously worked for the Redskins, Jaguars and Saints, and Gregg was the defensive coordinator at the time he was hired in all of those three stops.