The Indianapolis Colts have hired Greg Williams as the team’s defensive backs coach.
Williams holds 13 years of coaching experience, including the last seven seasons in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers as the team’s assistant linebackers coach (2009-2012) and assistant secondary coach (2013-15). Last year, the Chargers defense recorded 11 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) and 62 passes defensed. The unit also allowed 22 passing touchdowns, which was tied for the seventh fewest in the NFL and the third fewest in the AFC.
Williams oversaw a secondary that ranked fourth in the NFL in pass defense in 2014. Safety Eric Weddle led the Chargers with 114 tackles (91 solo), eight passes defensed, one interception and two forced fumbles en route to his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.
In Williams’ first season working with the secondary (2013), the Chargers ranked sixth in the AFC in passing touchdowns allowed and totaled 11 interceptions and 67 passes defensed. Weddle led the defense with 115 tackles, two interceptions, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble.
As the assistant linebackers coach from 2009-2012, the Chargers defense ranked 11th in the NFL and sixth in the AFC in rushing defense over the four-year span (107.5 ypg.). The defense also totaled 152.0 sacks and 36 fumble recoveries. In 2009, San Diego posted a 13-3 record and won the AFC West Division for the fourth consecutive year. Williams had two of his linebackers post back-to-back 11.0-sack seasons, including Shaun Phillips (tied for 10th in the NFL in 2010) and Antwan Barnes (tied for 11th in the NFL in 2011).
Prior to San Diego, Williams spent the 2008 season as a secondary and defensive graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. The Panthers recorded a 9-4 record and ranked second in the Big East Conference. The team also reached the Sun Bowl. Pittsburgh’s defense allowed 193.0 passing yards per game in addition to intercepting 14 passes.
Williams spent two seasons with Arkansas Tech University (2006-07) coaching the defensive backs and serving as a recruiting coordinator. He got his start in coaching as an intern at Arizona State in 2003 before joining the College of DuPage staff for two years. After working with the wide receivers in 2004 he switched focuses and worked primarily with defensive backs in 2005.
Williams played wide receiver and defensive back at the University of North Carolina from 1994-97 under Mack Brown. He helped the Tar Heels to three bowl wins while finishing in The Associated Press Top 10 twice, including an 11-1 record during his senior year in 1997 when they finished fourth in the AP Poll.
Williams graduated with a degree in sociology, and went to training camp with the Chicago Bears and New York Giants before spending time in NFL Europe, the XFL and the Arena League.
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