Alan Williams resigns as the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears :”In a surprising turn of events, Alan Williams has resigned from his position as the defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears, opting to step away from his role to prioritize his health and family. This unexpected departure follows Williams’ absence during the Bears’ recent game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which ended in a 27-17 defeat, citing personal issues as the cause. “
After approximately a year and a half with the team, Williams made his resignation official with a statement released on Wednesday. In his statement, he expressed his regret, saying, “It is with great regret that I tender my resignation as the Defensive Coordinator of the Chicago Bears Football Club effective immediately.
I am taking a step back to take care of my health and my family.” Williams also conveyed his appreciation for the opportunity to work with the Bears, acknowledging the franchise’s rich history and the professionalism of the McCaskey family, who own the team.
He extended his gratitude to Coach Matt Eberflus and General Manager Ryan Poles for giving him the chance to join the Chicago Bears. Alan Williams, with over three decades of coaching experience, was appointed by the Bears in February 2022.
He had previously been part of the coaching staff of the Indianapolis Colts, contributing as a defensive backs coach during their Super Bowl XLI victory in 2007. Despite stepping away, Williams expressed his desire to return to coaching in the future, stating, “I value the NFL shield and all that it stands for.
After taking some time to address my health, I plan to come back and coach again.” Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus did not provide further details on the situation, indicating that he had no updates to share. Eberflus, who is 53 years old, assumed defensive play-calling responsibilities in Williams’ absence during the game against the Buccaneers and plans to continue in this role when the Bears face the Kansas City Chiefs on the road.
Eberflus, who previously served as the Colts’ defensive coordinator from 2018 to 2021, had Williams as the safeties coach during his tenure in Indianapolis. He expressed confidence in the Bears’ defense, citing their experience and suggesting that the absence of a defensive coordinator would not be a significant issue.
The Chicago Bears have encountered a challenging start to the season with a 0-2 record, and criticism has been directed at various aspects of the team, including quarterback Justin Fields, wide receiver Chase Claypool, and Coach Eberflus.
Fields has publicly hinted at a disconnect with the coaching staff, particularly in regard to his on-field performance.
The Bears’ recent loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers marked their 12th consecutive defeat, a streak that dates back to October 2022 and currently stands as the longest in the NFL. The team is eager to break this streak but faces a formidable task against the defending champions in their upcoming game.