Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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NEW ORLEANS - Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has reportedly agreed to the same position with the St. Louis Rams, where he'll join friend Jeff Fisher, the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora reported Monday afternoon.
Seemingly confirming the report, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma tweeted at 3:38 p.m., "Gregg williams is a great coach, I wish him luck in st Louis."
Williams previously worked with Fisher in Tennessee, where the two combined to take the Titans to the Super Bowl that concluded the 1999 season.
He came to New Orleans prior to 2009 when the Saints and coach Sean Payton were looking for a spark, someone to take a unit used to getting beat and turning into an aggressive, attacking, ball-hawking group.
And in 2009, he did just that. The Saints defense had 39 takeaways, including 26 interceptions, on their way to a plus-11 turnover differential.
The Saints won the Super Bowl that season, but failed to live up to expectations on defense since.
In 2010, Williams' defense finished with just 25 takeaways and just 16 this season, the second-lowest in the NFL.
Blame fell on Williams' unit in the past two postseason losses against Seattle and San Francisco.
Against the 49ers, the Saints needed only one stop on the final two drives to earn a berth in the NFC championship game. However, San Francisco went on drives of 80 and 85 yards, scoring touchdowns both times to beat New Orleans 36-32.