Coaches

Greg Williams
Defensive Backs Coach
College:
North Carolina
Hometown:
Bolingbrook, IL
Experience:
9

Greg Williams enters his second season with the Colts as the team’s defensive backs coach. He holds 14 years of coaching experience, including eight seasons in the NFL.

 

Last season, Williams guided a unit that forced seven interceptions and totaled 49 passes defensed. Cornerback Darius Butler paced the team with three interceptions. Safety Mike Adams finished second on the team with 80 tackles (65 solo), while adding two interceptions, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Second-year safety Clayton Geathers started all nine games he played in and finished fourth on the team with 60 tackles (54 solo). Cornerback Vontae Davis registered double-digit passes defensed (10) for the fourth consecutive season, which is tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL. Williams directed cornerback Rashaan Melvin to his most productive season as a pro. Melvin, who was signed by the Colts as a free agent four days before the 2016 regular season opener, played in 15 games (nine starts) for Indianapolis and collected 60 tackles (52 solo), seven passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Williams also worked with rookie second-round pick safety T.J. Green, who saw action in 15 games (four starts) and tallied 46 tackles (33 solo) and three passes defensed.

 

Prior to Indianapolis, Williams spent seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers as the team’s assistant linebackers coach (2009-2012) and assistant secondary coach (2013-15). In 2015, 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.

 

Coaching Career

2003                Arizona State University         Intern

2004-2005       College of DuPage                  Assistant Coach

2006-2007       Arkansas Tech University      Defensive Backs/Recruiting Coordinator

2008                University of Pittsburgh          Secondary/Defensive Graduate Assistant

2009-2012       San Diego Chargers               Assistant Linebackers

2013-2015       San Diego Chargers               Assistant Secondary

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts                    Defensive Backs

Greg Williams enters his second season with the Colts as the team’s defensive backs coach. He holds 14 years of coaching experience, including eight seasons in the NFL.

 

Last season, Williams guided a unit that forced seven interceptions and totaled 49 passes defensed. Cornerback Darius Butler paced the team with three interceptions. Safety Mike Adams finished second on the team with 80 tackles (65 solo), while adding two interceptions, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Second-year safety Clayton Geathers started all nine games he played in and finished fourth on the team with 60 tackles (54 solo). Cornerback Vontae Davis registered double-digit passes defensed (10) for the fourth consecutive season, which is tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the NFL. Williams directed cornerback Rashaan Melvin to his most productive season as a pro. Melvin, who was signed by the Colts as a free agent four days before the 2016 regular season opener, played in 15 games (nine starts) for Indianapolis and collected 60 tackles (52 solo), seven passes defensed and two forced fumbles. Williams also worked with rookie second-round pick safety T.J. Green, who saw action in 15 games (four starts) and tallied 46 tackles (33 solo) and three passes defensed.

 

Prior to Indianapolis, Williams spent seven seasons with the San Diego Chargers as the team’s assistant linebackers coach (2009-2012) and assistant secondary coach (2013-15). In 2015, 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.

 

Coaching Career

2003                Arizona State University         Intern

2004-2005       College of DuPage                  Assistant Coach

2006-2007       Arkansas Tech University      Defensive Backs/Recruiting Coordinator

2008                University of Pittsburgh          Secondary/Defensive Graduate Assistant

2009-2012       San Diego Chargers               Assistant Linebackers

2013-2015       San Diego Chargers               Assistant Secondary

2016-2017       Indianapolis Colts                    Defensive Backs