Packers Lose Coordinator Candidate to Saints
By By Dan O'Donnell
Gregg Williams, considered one of Green Bay's top candidates to replace Bob Sanders as defensive coordinator, has accepted the defensive coordinator position with the New Orleans Saints.
Williams, the former head coach of the Buffalo Bills and Jaguars, Redskins, and Titans defensive coordinator, signed with the Saints Thursday. Terms of the deal were not initially disclosed.
"A lot has gone into this decision, and we targeted Gregg as the coach we'd like to hire after our first interview because he was so impressive and prepared," Saints Coach Sean Payton said in a statement. "He's an aggressive coach, but his units are always sound fundamentally."
Williams had interviewed with the Packers last week. He is the second candidate to spurn the Packers after former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan accepted the defensive coordinator position in Denver.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy's leading candidate is now likely Jim Haslett, who has interviewed to be the head coach of the St. Louis Rams.