Sunday, January 15, 2006

City Council Supports ...

"New Orleans wants Williams" reports Sports Illustrated:

City council urges Saints to hire former Redskins QB

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans City Council on Monday unanimously passed a resolution calling on the Saints to hire Doug Williams as the team's new coach.

The resolution urges both Saints owner Tom Benson and general manager Mickey Loomis to give "strong consideration to naming Louisiana's own Doug Williams as the Saints head coach or as a high level administrator within the Saints organization."

"Benson never called me," Williams, a pro personnel executive for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, laughed. "Loomis never called me, either."

The resolution said that Williams, who grew up in Zachary, La., had coached both high school and college levels, including at Grambling State, and had a stellar career in the NFL, which more than qualified him for the Saints job.

Williams became the second football coach in Grambling State history, replacing Eddie Robinson in 1997. Before that, he was a head coach at Morehouse, and his overall record is 55-26.

He also worked as a scout for the Jacksonville Jaguars and coached at Zachary, Northeast High School and Navy.

Williams retired from the NFL in 1990, having won a Super Bowl as quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

"Seriously, it's very flattering," Williams said. "I don't think I can stop smiling."

The Saints did not return a phone call for comment.


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