COACHES
Steven Williams Jr.
Defensive Quality Control

Biography

Williams joined the Lions coaching staff in 2015 after spending the previous three years at Penn State, where he worked with several areas of the Nittany Lions football program. He currently serves as the Lions’ defensive quality control coach and works primarily with the team’s defensive backs. In 2012, he arrived on the State College campus and served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and offensive/defensive graduate assistant (2012-14).

Williams joined the Lions coaching staff in 2015 after spending the previous three years at Penn State, where he worked with several areas of the Nittany Lions football program. He currently serves as the Lions’ defensive quality control coach and works primarily with the team’s defensive backs. In 2012, he arrived on the State College campus and served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and offensive/defensive graduate assistant (2012-14).

LIONS COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

2017: The 2017 Lions defense displayed a consistent ability to generate turnovers as Detroit concluded the season ranking third in the NFL in total takeaways (32) and fourth in points scored off turnovers (99). The Lions also ranked fourth in interceptions (19) and tied for second in opponent fumble recoveries (13).

  • Pro Bowl CB Darius Slay led the defense by capping off his 2017 season with eight interceptions, which tied Titans S Kevin Byard for the NFL lead last season. Slay also finished with a career- and League-high 26 pass defenses on the year en route to his first-career Associated Press First Team All-Pro selection.
  • DB Quandre Diggs made the switch to safety in Week 13 following an injury to S Tavon Wilson. Diggs displayed his natural versatility by finishing the final five games at safety and recording three interceptions, 22 tackles, five pass defenses and one sack.
  • S Glover Quin started in all 16 games for the fifth-consecutive season, extending his consecutive starts streak to 132 games. Entering 2018, he trails only Ravens CB Brandon Carr (160) for the most consecutive starts in the NFL among active DBs.

2016: The Lions defensive backs featured a combination of familiar faces and new talent in 2016, with combined production coming from both the safety and corner positions.

  • In 2016, the Lions were one of only two teams (Tampa Bay) in the NFL with three safeties who recorded two or more interceptions and one of five teams who featured four safeties with at least one interception. Detroit’s seven interceptions by safeties in 2016 marked the third time since 2000 that Lions safeties have registered seven or more interceptions in a season.
  • Slay’s two interceptions in 2016 led directly to Lions victories. He tied for an NFL-high two interceptions inside the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, picking off passes against Philadelphia (10/9) to seal the win and against Minnesota (11/6) to set up the game-winning field goal.
  • CB Adairius Barnes earned a spot on Detroit’s 53-man active roster as an undrafted rookie free agent under Williams’ guidance following a strong training camp and saw action in seven games (one start). He totaled four tackles (three solo) and three special teams tackles as a rookie.

2015: Slay (13) and CB Nevin Lawson (7) combined for 20 pass defenses in 2015, while Slay added two interceptions (second on the team).

  • Diggs emerged as the Lions’ go-to option at the nickel, as he finished his first NFL season with 35 total tackles (28 solo), six pass defenses, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He recorded a pass defense in three of the final five games of the season.

In 2011, Williams began his college coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina working with the Gamecocks strength and conditioning program, as well as the team’s defensive backs and special teams.

Prior to his stint at South Carolina, Williams spent three years (2008-2010) as a teacher and assistant football coach at Karen Wagner High School in San Antonio, Texas.

Williams graduated from Harvard University in 2008 and was a standout on the gridiron for the Crimson. During his college career, he set the school’s career record for interceptions (16) and tied Harvard’s record for interceptions in a single-season (8). While at Harvard he earned first-team AFCA All-America honors and first-team All ECAC, in addition to earning unanimous all-conference honors as a senior. Following graduation, Williams participated in the 2008 Detroit Lions Rookie Mini-Camp as a tryout invitee.

 

WILLIAMS’ COACHING BACKGROUND

Detroit Lions..................................................................................... 2015-

      Defensive Quality Control.............................................................. 2015-

Penn State..................................................................................... 2012-14

      Defensive Graduate Assistant...................................................... 2014

      Offensive Graduate Assistant.................................................. 2012-13

      Assistant Strength and Conditioning......................................... 2012

South Carolina................................................................................... 2011

      Graduate Assistant.......................................................................... 2011

Karen Wagner (Texas) High School...................................... 2008-10

      Assistant Coach......................................................................... 2008-10

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