- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 5, 2009

Former Washington assistant head coach Gregg Williams said he doesn’t bear a grudge against Dan Snyder for firing him instead of promoting him nearly two years ago, adding that he and the Redskins owner are still “very good friends.”

Speaking at length for the first time about what transpired after Joe Gibbs’ January 2008 retirement, the unbeaten Saints’ defensive coordinator told New Orleans media Friday that he was never led to believe he would succeed the Hall of Fame coach.

“At no point in time did I think about those type of things,” Williams said. “I’ve got a strong personality, and he owns the team. It’s OK. Dan and I are still very good friends. Dan treated my family so well. He treated me well when I was there. We are still really good friends. I really enjoyed being around him.”

Williams became Jacksonville’s defensive coordinator after being dismissed by Snyder despite running a defense that ranked among the league’s top 10 during three of his four seasons with Washington.

“No, it really wasn’t,” Williams said when asked if his departure from the Redskins was a difficult period. “I wouldn’t have the chance to be here if it wasn’t that type of opportunity.”

Williams said “there is no emotion” as he prepares to face his former team for the first time, not counting a preseason game while he was with the Jaguars.

Williams added that he turned down four chances to be a head coach after the 2005 season - with Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota and St. Louis - to remain with Washington so his daughter could finish high school in Virginia’s Loudoun County. He still owns his “favorite home ever” in Leesburg so his youngest son, Chase, a linebacker who’s headed to Virginia Tech next year, could do the same.

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