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Gregg Williams
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Gregg Williams was named the Browns defensive coordinator on Jan. 7, 2017. Williams has coached in the NFL for 26 years, including three as a head coach and 15 as a defensive coordinator. His defenses have finished in the top five in total defense five times, including the top defense in the NFL in 2000. Williams also oversaw a Saints defensive unit that won Super Bowl XLIV and a Titans defense that advanced to Super Bowl XXXIV.

Williams spent the past three seasons (2014-16) as the defensive coordinator for the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. In 2016, the Rams defense finished in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense and passing defense. During his three seasons with the Rams, the team recorded 281 tackles for a loss, the second-most in the NFL during that span.

Williams also helped oversee the development of 2014 first-round pick DT Aaron Donald. Donald was voted the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and was selected to the Pro Bowl all three seasons under Williams.

Prior to his time with the Rams, Williams served as senior assistant defensive coach in Tennessee in 2013 and helped the team make significant improvements in nearly every defensive category. The Titans improved in points per game (16th from 32nd), total defense (14th from 27th), pass defense (11th from 26th) and third down defense (7th from 21st).

Williams served as defensive coordinator in New Orleans from 2009-11. He helped the Saints advance to the postseason all three years, capture division titles (2009 and 2011) and win Super Bowl XLIV. During his three seasons in New Orleans, the Saints posted a 37-11 regular season record, tied for the best in the NFL during that span. In 2010, the Saints allowed the fewest touchdown passes (13) in the league. In his first season with the Saints, he was in charge of a unit that recorded 35 defensive takeaways and returned seven for touchdowns.

He spent one season (2008) with Jacksonville as defensive coordinator/assistant head coach following four seasons (2004-07) as assistant head coach/defense with Washington. The Redskins had one of the NFL’s top defenses over that span, allowing just 19.4 points per game and ranking sixth overall in defense during the four-season stretch. In 2005, the Redskins’ defense was a key factor in the club making its first postseason appearance since 1999.

Prior to joining the Redskins, Williams spent three seasons (2001-03) as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, where the defense improved each season. The defense improved from 21st in the NFL in 2001 to 15th in 2002 to second in 2003. 

Williams joined the NFL ranks in 1990 and spent 11 seasons with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans working his way up from defensive quality control coach (1990-92) to defensive coordinator (1997-00). He also served as special teams coach (1993) and linebackers coach (1994-96). In 1999, he helped the Titans advance to Super Bowl XXXIV. In 2000, Tennessee led the NFL in total defense for the first time in franchise history and allowed 191 points, the third-fewest in league history since the adoption of a 16-game schedule in 1978. The Titans also set club records for sacks (55), fewest passing yards allowed (2,424) and fewest touchdowns allowed (17).

Prior to arriving in the NFL, Williams was a graduate assistant at the University of Houston from 1988-89. From 1984-87, Williams was the head coach at Belton (Mo.) High School after opening his coaching career at his alma mater Excelsior Springs (Mo.) High School.

Williams graduated from Truman State University, where he played quarterback and also played baseball. He later earned a master’s degree from Central Missouri.

Williams is passionate about giving back to the youth. Since 2004, Williams has helped raise almost $2 million for Excelsior Springs young people through the Gregg Williams Foundation. The money raised annually provides two scholarships for Excelsior Springs High School graduates and funds both school and local youth athletics. For more information, visit www.greggwilliamsfoundation.org.

In January of 2016, Williams was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. The induction celebrated his decorated NFL coaching career, as well his unwavering commitment to his home state of Missouri and the mentorship of young men.

Gregg Williams’ Coaching Background:

1980-83           Excelsior Springs High School (Mo.), assistant coach
1984-87           Belton High School (Mo.), head coach
1988-89           University of Houston, graduate assistant coach
1990-92           Houston Oilers, defensive quality control coach
1993                Houston Oilers, special teams coach
1994-96           Houston Oilers, linebackers coach
1997-02           Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, defensive coordinator
2001-03           Buffalo Bills, head coach
2004-07           Washington Redskins, assistant head coach/defense
2008                Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive coordinator
2009-11           New Orleans Saints, defensive coordinator
2013                Tennessee Titans, senior assistant/defense
2014-16           St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, defensive coordinator
2017-               Cleveland Browns, defensive coordinator

Gregg Williams was named the Browns defensive coordinator on Jan. 7, 2017. Williams has coached in the NFL for 26 years, including three as a head coach and 15 as a defensive coordinator. His defenses have finished in the top five in total defense five times, including the top defense in the NFL in 2000. Williams also oversaw a Saints defensive unit that won Super Bowl XLIV and a Titans defense that advanced to Super Bowl XXXIV.

Williams spent the past three seasons (2014-16) as the defensive coordinator for the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. In 2016, the Rams defense finished in the top 10 in the NFL in total defense and passing defense. During his three seasons with the Rams, the team recorded 281 tackles for a loss, the second-most in the NFL during that span.

Williams also helped oversee the development of 2014 first-round pick DT Aaron Donald. Donald was voted the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and was selected to the Pro Bowl all three seasons under Williams.

Prior to his time with the Rams, Williams served as senior assistant defensive coach in Tennessee in 2013 and helped the team make significant improvements in nearly every defensive category. The Titans improved in points per game (16th from 32nd), total defense (14th from 27th), pass defense (11th from 26th) and third down defense (7th from 21st).

Williams served as defensive coordinator in New Orleans from 2009-11. He helped the Saints advance to the postseason all three years, capture division titles (2009 and 2011) and win Super Bowl XLIV. During his three seasons in New Orleans, the Saints posted a 37-11 regular season record, tied for the best in the NFL during that span. In 2010, the Saints allowed the fewest touchdown passes (13) in the league. In his first season with the Saints, he was in charge of a unit that recorded 35 defensive takeaways and returned seven for touchdowns.

He spent one season (2008) with Jacksonville as defensive coordinator/assistant head coach following four seasons (2004-07) as assistant head coach/defense with Washington. The Redskins had one of the NFL’s top defenses over that span, allowing just 19.4 points per game and ranking sixth overall in defense during the four-season stretch. In 2005, the Redskins’ defense was a key factor in the club making its first postseason appearance since 1999.

Prior to joining the Redskins, Williams spent three seasons (2001-03) as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, where the defense improved each season. The defense improved from 21st in the NFL in 2001 to 15th in 2002 to second in 2003. 

Williams joined the NFL ranks in 1990 and spent 11 seasons with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans working his way up from defensive quality control coach (1990-92) to defensive coordinator (1997-00). He also served as special teams coach (1993) and linebackers coach (1994-96). In 1999, he helped the Titans advance to Super Bowl XXXIV. In 2000, Tennessee led the NFL in total defense for the first time in franchise history and allowed 191 points, the third-fewest in league history since the adoption of a 16-game schedule in 1978. The Titans also set club records for sacks (55), fewest passing yards allowed (2,424) and fewest touchdowns allowed (17).

Prior to arriving in the NFL, Williams was a graduate assistant at the University of Houston from 1988-89. From 1984-87, Williams was the head coach at Belton (Mo.) High School after opening his coaching career at his alma mater Excelsior Springs (Mo.) High School.

Williams graduated from Truman State University, where he played quarterback and also played baseball. He later earned a master’s degree from Central Missouri.

Williams is passionate about giving back to the youth. Since 2004, Williams has helped raise almost $2 million for Excelsior Springs young people through the Gregg Williams Foundation. The money raised annually provides two scholarships for Excelsior Springs High School graduates and funds both school and local youth athletics. For more information, visit www.greggwilliamsfoundation.org.

In January of 2016, Williams was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. The induction celebrated his decorated NFL coaching career, as well his unwavering commitment to his home state of Missouri and the mentorship of young men.

Gregg Williams’ Coaching Background:

1980-83           Excelsior Springs High School (Mo.), assistant coach
1984-87           Belton High School (Mo.), head coach
1988-89           University of Houston, graduate assistant coach
1990-92           Houston Oilers, defensive quality control coach
1993                Houston Oilers, special teams coach
1994-96           Houston Oilers, linebackers coach
1997-02           Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, defensive coordinator
2001-03           Buffalo Bills, head coach
2004-07           Washington Redskins, assistant head coach/defense
2008                Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive coordinator
2009-11           New Orleans Saints, defensive coordinator
2013                Tennessee Titans, senior assistant/defense
2014-16           St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, defensive coordinator
2017-               Cleveland Browns, defensive coordinator

 

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