Brian Kotloff
Thursday January 3rd, 2013

The St. Louis Rams have fired linebackers coach Blake Williams, son of suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Yahoo! Sports' Michael Silver is reporting. Blake has been telling other coaches that Gregg Williams will also be "gone," according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, although Gregg has yet to be reinstated.

Blake Williams, 27, served as the team's de facto defensive coordinator in his father's absence, including taking over play-calling responsibilities on game days. He previously coached under his father in Washington, Jacksonville and New Orleans.

Blake's "brusque, tactless style" played a role in his firing, according to Silver.

Gregg Williams, the central figure in the Saints' bounty program, remains under indefinite suspension. According to Silver, head coach Jeff Fisher has not yet decided on what to do after Gregg is reinstated.

Fisher and Williams have a close relationship that dates back to their days on the Houston Oilers coaching staff together in the 1990s. In Fisher's first year at the helm, the Rams improved from 2-14 last season to 7-8-1 this season. Their defense in particular made significant improvements, allowing 21.8 points per game compared to 25.4 in 2011 and recording a league-high 52.0 sacks.

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