Watch CBS News

Bears deny rumors of FBI raid at Halas Hall

Alan Williams steps down as Bears defensive coordinator, citing personal reasons
Alan Williams steps down as Bears defensive coordinator, citing personal reasons 01:24

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) -- The Chicago Bears took the unusual step Wednesday of denying rumors of an FBI raid at Halas Hall, as defensive coordinator Alan Williams resigned on Wednesday.

Rumors swirled on social media on Wednesday afternoon that Halas Hall had been raided in connection to Williams, but the team denied that law enforcement had been at the team's practice facility.

An attorney for Williams also denied the rumors, saying there was no raid at the coach's home or at Halas Hall, and stressing that Williams' resignation was strictly for health and family issues.

CBS 2's Irika Sargent asked Williams' attorney, Andrew M. Stroth, if there had been any contact between Williams and law enforcement.

"There has been zero contact with law enforcement. There was unequivocally not a raid on Halas Hall that was reported. There is no criminal accusations, or claims, or activity," Stroth said. "The rumors are completely untrue."

Williams submitted his resignation as the Bears' defensive coordinator Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately.

"I am taking a step back to take care of my health and my family. I appreciate the opportunity to work with the Chicago Bears, a storied NFL franchise with a rich history. The McCaskey family is first-class and second to none. I would also like to thank Coach Matt Eberflus and General Manager Ryan Poles for giving me the opportunity to come to Chicago. I would also like to thank President Kevin Warren, the coaches and players of which I value the relationships and camaraderie," Williams said in a statement. "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." 

Williams, in his second season as Chicago's defensive coordinator, missed his weekly press conference last week, as well as last week's game at Tampa Bay after working the opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Head coach Matt Eberflus, a former defensive coordinator with Indianapolis, called plays against the Buccaneers and plans to do so "at this time" when the Bears (0-2) visit Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Before Williams' resignation was announced, Eberflus said the Bears can get by without a defensive coordinator and doesn't see it becoming problematic because of the experience of his staff.

"I think with the experience that we have on defense, I don't think that's an issue," he said.

The Bears have lost 12 straight games dating back to last season, since a 33-14 win over the Patriots on Oct. 24, 2022. During that time, the team has given up an average of 33 points per game under Williams.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.