Alan Williams Resigns as Bears’ Defensive Coordinator, Citing Health and Family Reasons
In a stunning turn of events, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams has resigned from his position, effective immediately. Williams, who was hired by the Bears in January 2022, cited personal health and family reasons for his decision.
“I am taking a step back to take care of my health and my family,” Williams said in a statement released by the team. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with the Chicago Bears, a storied NFL franchise with a rich history. I also want to thank Coach Matt Eberflus and General Manager Ryan Poles for giving me the opportunity to come to Chicago.”
Williams’ resignation comes just two days before the Bears‘ season opener against the Green Bay Packers. He had been expected to play a key role in the team’s turnaround, as he is a highly respected defensive coach with over 20 years of experience in the NFL.
The Bears have not yet announced who will replace Williams as defensive coordinator. However, Eberflus is expected to call the defensive plays in the team’s season opener.
Williams’ resignation is a major blow to the Bears, who are entering their first season under Eberflus and Poles. The team is in the midst of a rebuild, and Williams was expected to be a key part of that process.
However, Williams’ health and family must come first. The Bears wish him all the best in his recovery, and they look forward to his return to the NFL in the future.
Williams’ resignation is also notable because it comes at a time when the Bears are facing a number of other challenges. The team has one of the youngest rosters in the NFL, and they are playing in a very competitive division.
Additionally, the Bears are coming off a three-win season in 2022. There is a lot of pressure on Eberflus and Poles to turn the team around quickly, and Williams’ resignation makes that task even more difficult.
Despite the challenges, the Bears are still hopeful that they can be competitive in 2023. They have a number of talented players on their roster, and Eberflus is a respected coach. However, Williams’ resignation is a major setback, and it will be interesting to see how the Bears respond.