Alan Williams Steps Down as Chicago Bears Defensive Coordinator After Leave of Absence
The Chicago Bears announced on Wednesday that defensive coordinator Alan Williams has resigned from his position.
Williams said in a brief statement that he would be "taking a step back to take care of my health and family" after missing time from the squad due to a personal issue.
The Bears refuted reports that they were raided by federal agents at Halas Hall in relation to Alan Williams. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, neither the league nor Charles Tillman, a former defensive back for the Bears who is now an FBI agent, are involved.
Williams's lawyer refuted the rumours as well, stating that Williams is juggling family and health concerns.
Williams, 53, was in his second season as the defensive coordinator for the Bears. For almost twenty years, he served as the defensive assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, and Detroit Lions.
Williams was not in the squad for last week's 27-17 defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a personal problem, according to head coach Matt Eberflus. For that game, Eberflus assumed the role as the team's defensive coordinator.
Sunday's game between the Bears and the Chiefs is scheduled. In Williams' absence, Eberflus confirmed earlier on Wednesday that he intended to keep calling the defence.