Alan Williams resigns as defensive coordinator on a bizarre day at Halas Hall -- even by Bears standards

Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO — At the end of a truly bizarre day, even by Chicago Bears standards, defensive coordinator Alan Williams submitted his resignation Wednesday, a week after he went on a personal absence.

Coach Matt Eberflus repeatedly declined to offer any updates on Williams during a morning news conference, and a couple of hours later it became apparent Eberflus will be orchestrating the defense for the remainder of the season with the Bears visiting the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

In a seven-sentence statement, Williams said he’s “taking a step back to take care of my health and my family.”

Players had received no indication of what was going on dating to last week, when Williams was at Halas Hall the morning of Sept. 13 and was gone before practice. Players called the matter “unsettling” and “beyond weird” before the team’s impromptu announcement shortly after 3 p.m.

There were plenty more twists during the day.

— Offensive coordinator Luke Getsy will have to dust himself off after quarterback Justin Fields suggested coaching was behind his “robotic” play and rough start to the season. Fields’ nearly 12-minute news conference provided the kind of material that, in retrospect, makes Jay Cutler and Mike Martz appear like good buddies.


Fields’ pointed commentary was revealing of his mindset as he attempts to jump-start his career. There was another turn after practice when, in an extremely unusual move, Fields gathered reporters at his locker and said his words should not be taken out of context and he wasn’t being critical of coaching.

“I need to play better, point blank,” Fields said. “That’s what I should have said in the first place.”

You can be the judge of that.

Earlier, Fields talked about “thinking” too much on the field and said he needs to get back to “playing free and being myself.” So naturally he was asked what was causing him to overthink.


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