New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is leaving the team to accept the same position with the St. Louis Rams, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports.
Williams worked with and for Fisher with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans in the 1990s and the two have remained close friends. 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 is anchored by defensive end Chris Long and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, and has some solid building blocks in 2011 first-round pass-rushing defensive end Robert Quinn and safety Darian Stewart. Despite injuries decimating the receiving corps, and more struggles at both outside linebacker spots, the Rams defense 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 Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. In-house candidates include assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt, who has coached in the NFL since 1979.