In the midst of a developing situation, the Chicago Bears organization is maintaining a stance of reticence concerning the resignation of their defensive coordinator, Alan Williams. Williams, who abruptly stepped down from his role on Wednesday, attributed his departure to personal health issues and family matters, though other speculations have been circulating.
If you missed it said, “I am taking a step back to take care of my health and my family,” Williams said in a statement. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with the Chicago Bears, a storied NFL franchise with a rich history…I value the NFL shield and all that it stands for and after taking some time to address my health, I plan to come back and coach again.” As news and rumors spread and media coverage began to increase, fans were waiting to know more.
When approached for comment on Thursday, Bears special teams coach Richard Hightower opted to remain tight-lipped. “I understand why you’re asking the question, but I’m not going to comment any further on anything that has to do with that situation,” Hightower conveyed to reporters, as reported by Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune. “If you guys have any questions about Kansas City or any questions perhaps about Tampa last week that you guys want to address in the kicking game, I’m more than happy to go into that.”
Bears’ general manager, Ryan Poles, addressed rumors regarding an alleged FBI raid at Halas Hall, categorically dismissing them as “completely false.” However, Poles refrained from delving into the specifics of the situation.
A statement on behalf of Alan Williams was issued by sports attorney Andrew M. Stroth, seeking to shed light on the circumstances surrounding his resignation. Stroth elucidated, “I just want to set the record straight that Coach Williams has some health challenges and some family issues he’s dealing with, and he thought it was the right time to take a step back and deal with those issues,” as reported by Courtney Cronin of ESPN. Stroth also highlighted Williams’ deep respect for the Bears organization and his belief that it was imperative to prioritize his health and personal matters at this juncture.
In the absence of Alan Williams, head coach Matt Eberflus is anticipated to shoulder the responsibility of handling defensive playcalling for the second consecutive week when the Bears face off against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.