(670 The Score) In emphatic fashion as rampant speculation swirled, former Bears defensive coordinator Alan Williams’ personal attorney stressed that Williams resigned Wednesday afternoon for his stated reason of focusing on his family and health.
Andrew M. Stroth emphasized those points during a short interview on the Parkins & Spiegel Show, where he explained that he’s now involved in the matter because of the “untrue” rumors.
“There’s absolutely no criminal activity,” Stroth said. “There’s no criminal allegations. There’s been no raid on Halas Hall. None of that is true – unequivocally, (those rumors are) untrue … There’s no legal actions being taken against coach Williams.
“Coach Williams has a health challenge and he has some personal family matters, and he has decided with his family that he’s going to step away … With much respect to the Chicago Bears, he decided to take a step back.”
The Bears announced the 53-year-old Williams’ departure Wednesday afternoon in a one-line press release that read simply, “Alan Williams submitted his resignation as the team’s defensive coordinator this afternoon.” Asked why the statement from the Bears was so brief and included no sympathetic tone or thanks if Williams is facing a health matter, Stroth maintained the team is being respectful of the situation.
“I can tell, having worked with and knowing the Bears organization for a long time and the executives that are currently leading the organization, from Kevin Warren to Ryan Poles to their general counsel, the organization cares about coach Williams,” Stroth said. “They respect his privacy. They respect his family. Coach Williams resigned earlier today, and he’s grateful to the Bears.”
Williams left the Bears last week due to personal reasons, the team said, and he missed Chicago’s 27-17 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday. At his media session Wednesday late morning before Williams had resigned, head coach Matt Eberflus refused to answer any questions about Williams, including whether he was still employed by the organization. Eberflus also declined to answer whether he had spoken with Williams since his departure.
Williams had been the Bears’ defensive coordinator since 2022, when he joined Eberflus in Chicago. Eberflus and Williams had worked together in Indianapolis from 2018-’21 prior to that. He has worked for six different teams since he entered the NFL coaching ranks in 2001.
Williams will coach again, Stroth said.
“Alan Williams will be coaching,” Stroth said. “He just needed to take time off.”