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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Gregg Williams gives Rams new edge

By Mike Sando

"Fiery" and "abrasive" are among the adjectives Gregg Williams has attracted during more than two decades as an NFL coach.

Throw in "combative" as well.

Williams' addition to the St. Louis Rams as defensive coordinator further enlivens a division brimming with, shall we say, compelling personalities. I only wish Williams and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh were the ones bound by tradition to shake hands following Rams-49ers games.

The Rams made available Williams on a media conference call Tuesday, right after a session with new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The contrast between the two men jumped out. Williams was much less bashful about promoting his own achievements and standing within the league. That will rub some the wrong way, but everywhere Williams has gone, players have raved about what he brings to a defense.

Among the comments from Williams I found notable:
That Williams' bold approach appeals to players could have implications within the division. More on that in a bit.