Williams Off Vikings' List

Gregg Williams joins a growing list of potential Vikings leadership candidates that are quickly being gobbled up as teams scramble at the first shots of the annual coaching carousel.

Gregg Williams was one of the hot rumored names as a potential replacement for Mike Tice as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Instead, Williams will stay put.

VU has been told that Williams has signed a new three-year contract with the Redskins to keep him as their defensive coordinator with Joe Gibbs.

Several Vikings like Antoine Winfield, Fred Smoot, Pat Williams, Sam Cowart and Keith Newman had experience with Williams and some expressed support for him as the new coach.

"Gregg is a valuable and important member of our organization,' said Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs on the team's web site. "This is a first step in recognizing his contributions and maintaining consistency among our coaches."

Williams joined the Redskins as their defensive coordinator in 2004 and has had a top defense through the use of an aggressive blitzing scheme. Washington's defense finished ninth in the league in 2005 and third in 2004. His defense with the Bills ranked second in 2003.

The Gregg Williams news comes on the heels of the Eagles promoting Tom Heckert to general manager -- expanding his power base while giving him a bump in pay. The Vikings were interested in Heckert as a potential director of player personnel that would oversee the college and pro scouting departments and work alongside salary cap expert Rob Brzezinski.

Denver's director of pro personnel, Rick Smith, could be the next man on the Vikings' list of candidates to become their director of player personnel, which would oversee the pro and college scouting departments and work alongside salary cap expert Rob Brzezinski.

Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress and Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell interviewed for the head coaching position today in Minnesota. Cottrell is scheduled to head to San Diego Wednesday to interview for a potential position with the Chargers.

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