Saints Hire New Defensive Coordinator

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday Jan. 15, 2009
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The NFL's Saints have brought Gregg Williams on board to fill their vacant defensive coordinator's post and revive a defense that allowed over 339 yards per game during the 2008 season.

He replaces Gary Gibbs, who was fired 10 days after New Orleans finished as the 23rd-ranked team in total defense. Jacksonville's 331 yards per game ranked 17th in the league.

Williams spent three years as a head coach in Buffalo earlier this decade. He was the defensive coordinator at Jacksonville this season, but it was a down year by his standards. Jacksonville's 331 yards per game ranked 17th in the league. The unit allowed 22.9 points per game, which was 21st in the NFL.

In five of the last nine seasons, however, Williams' defenses have ranked in the top 10 in the league, including three top threes.


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