Redskins 411: Williams Stays Put

Gregg Williams

Redskins 411 01.04.05--Gregg Williams was the hot name on most head coaching lists, but he'll be going nowhere this year.


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So much for the "where's Gregg going?" sweepstakes.

Redskins assistant head coach/defense Gregg Williams, perhaps the hottest candidate for an NFL head coaching job, isn't going back home to his native Missouri, or to Houston, where he began his NFL career, or to Minnesota, where he would be reunited with former Washington cornerback Fred Smoot.

Williams signed a three-year contract extension on Tuesday to remain in charge of the Redskins' defense.

"It makes me very happy and it makes my family very happy," Williams said in an exclusive interview with Redskins TV. "My family loves living here. It was a unanimous decision by the family. I'm very loyal and respectful to (Redskins owner) Dan Snyder and (coach) Joe Gibbs for giving me this opportunity. It's been a great time in Washington and hopefully I can stay an awful long time. It's nice to see the respect Dan and Joe gave me in this new contract."

Williams, who coached Buffalo to a 17-31 record in three seasons from 2001-03 before assembling top 10 defenses with Washington the last two seasons, was thrilled to get the new deal done before the Redskins play their first postseason game since 1999 on Saturday at Tampa Bay.

"We've got to be focused on Tampa Bay and I'm glad to get this thing taken care of today," Williams said. "We've got to be locked on, ready to go, cued in to win this game. We can get this completely off the table right now and get focused when the players get back in here tomorrow."

Not that Williams, 47, doesn't want to be a head coach again.

"I want to be a head coach again," he said. "I think I'll have that opportunity again. I knew I had those opportunities this off-season. But that's not the most important thing. It's what am I doing, where is it at and who's it with? I really like what I'm doing. I really like where I'm at and I really, really, really like who it's with."

Down the road, Williams is interested in succeeding Gibbs, who's 65 and has three years left on his contract.

"When that time comes, that's a bridge that we'll cross when we get there," Williams said. "But the fact that I get a chance to coach side-by-side with the only Hall of Fame coach still coaching today is a tremendous opportunity for me and I'm very happy for that."

Player Notes

--QB Mark Brunell, playing on a sprained right knee, was off-target badly last week at Philadelphia, but still finished the season with a 23-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a solid 85.9 passer rating. Brunell is expected to see more practice time this week and be healthier for Saturday's wild-card game at Tampa Bay, against whom he passed for 226 yards with two TDs and two interceptions in a 36-35 loss on Nov. 13.

--After sparkling when Brunell was hurt on Dec. 24 against the New York Giants and getting most of the practice reps last week, QB Patrick Ramsey didn't play, as usual, against the Eagles.

--RB Clinton Portis's 112 yards on 27 carries gave him nine 100-yard games and five in a row to tie Rob Goode's 54-year-old team record. With 1,516 yards, Portis shattered Stephen Davis' 4-year-old Redskins single-season rushing record and finished fourth in the NFL. Portis gained a season-high 144 yards on 23 carries the first time he faced the Bucs. Portis led the Redskins with 68 points on 11 rushing touchdowns and a two-point conversion. He also threw a TD pass.

--RB Ladell Betts carried five times for 30 yards against the Eagles and finished the year with 338 yards on 89 carries despite not starting a game and missing four games with injuries. Betts had 45 yards of offense and a 94-yard kickoff return touchdown at Tampa Bay.

--WR Santana Moss had four catches for 83 yards against the Eagles to surpass Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell's team record with 1,483 receiving yards. Moss' 84 catches in his Redskins debut have been topped only by Art Monk (1984, 1985, 1989) and Laveranues Coles (2004). Moss tied for the NFC lead in third-down catches and was second in yards.

--H-back Chris Cooley had a season-worst two catches for 8 yards against the Eagles but still led all NFC players at his position with a Redskins-record 71 catches, was tied for the lead with seven TDs and was third with 774 yards.

--TE Robert Royal didn't catch a ball against Philadelphia, finishing with 18 catches for 131 yards compared to 13 for 118 during his first two seasons combined.

--K John Hall's 25-yard field goal against the Eagles was his first in three weeks. He finished 12-for-14, missing from 45 and 52 yards, and was 27-for-27 on PATs.

--DE Phillip Daniels didn't have a sack at Philadelphia after recording five the two previous weeks. He still led the team with a career-high eight sacks. Daniels also forced the fumble that FS Sean Taylor returned 39 yards for the clinching TD with 2:16 remaining.

--MLB Lemar Marshall's interception in the fourth quarter set up Clinton Portis' 22-yard touchdown run that put Washington ahead to stay with 12:19 to play. Marshall led the Redskins with four interceptions this season in his second year as a starter, his first in the middle.

--SS Ryan Clark ended Philadelphia's last threat with an interception, just as he did in the first victory over the Eagles on Nov. 6. It was Washington's first sweep of Philadelphia since 1988. Recommended Stories

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