Ex-Jets DC Gregg Williams Heading to XFL

Gregg Williams in 2018
Gregg Williams in 2018. Photo by Jason Pohuski/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Longtime NLF defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is making a transition to spring football. Williams will join the resurrected XFL and serve under former Virginia State head coach Reggie Barlow.

The team that will be coached by Barlow still remains unknown as XFL is yet to finalize its markets and branding. However, recent rumors indicated that Barlow would lead a team located in the Texas area, with the most likely choice being San Antonio.

Despite the unknowns, XFL has already filled out key personnel and coaching positions for all of its eight teams. Its inaugural season is scheduled to kick off in February next year.

Among the confirmed names, Williams has arguably the most impressive resume. He started his NFL coaching career in the 1990s with the Houston Oilers (Tennessee Titans) and spent a decade with the franchise before being named the head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 2001.

Williams was fired after three seasons and a 17-31 record with the Bills that included no playoff appearances. He went on to serve as a DC for a number of franchises while also serving as an interim head coach for the Cleveland Browns in 2018. He was in charge for eight games and went 5-3.

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