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Saints name Williams D-coordinator

Updated: January 15, 2009, 4:27 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints hired Gregg Williams to fill their vacant defensive coordinator's post, hoping he'll shape up a unit that allowed 339.5 yards per game.

Coach Sean Payton announced the hiring Thursday, a little more than a week after the Saints fired former defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs.

New Orleans ranked 23rd in the NFL in total defense during the 2008 regular season, Gibbs' third season with the Saints.

Williams, who spent three seasons as a head coach ...

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