Williams Withdraws From Denver Search
Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams withdrew his name from the Denver Broncos head coaching search this morning. The Broncos planned to interview the Saints defensive guru this week, but Williams spurned Denver's request, deciding he was happy and content in New Orleans. Jeff Duncan of the Times Picayune has more.
Williams told those close to him that he couldn't stand in front of his players with a clear conscious and talk to them about unfinished goals and trying to win a Super Bowl in 2012 knowing he was scheduled to interview for another job later in the week. He said he was very happy in New Orleans and excited about the future with the current staff and roster.
He addressed the defensive players at a team meeting and conducted exit interviews on Tuesday morning, three days after the Saints were eliminated from the playoffs by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC wild-card round.
He was expected to notify the Broncos of his decision on Tuesday afternoon. An official announcement is expected later today.
Former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen, who played for Williams during his stint as defensive coordinator in Washington, posted his reaction to the news on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
"Hence there is a reason why so many defensive players want to play for Williams -- He isn't fake and treats his players like pros," said Bowen, an NFL analyst for NationalFootballPost.com.
This is great news for the Saints. I know the Wild Card loss to the Seahawks is still fresh in the minds of Saints fans, but let's not forget the remarkable job Williams did this season with New Orleans defense. The Saitn D finished ranked 4th in the league this season, one year after winning a Super Bowl, and one could argue that Williams is the biggest reason why the defense has turned around the last two years.