Found September 13, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Alan Williams spent 10 years with the Indianapolis Colts as a coach for one of the most stable franchises in the NFL for the past decade.As the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator, Williams returns to Indianapolis this week for Sunday's game between Minnesota and the Colts, he looks around and doesn't see the familiarity with which he was used to during his time in Indianapolis."I looked at the sheet and I counted the number of people, and I think it was somewhere between 19 and 22 guys that are still there," Williams said of the 2012 Colts. "So it's changed dramatically in the past few months." Indianapolis made sweeping changes after last year's 2-14 record.Chuck Pagano was hired away from Baltimore to be the team's head coach. And the most familiar face of all, quarterback Peyton Manning, was replaced by top overall draft pick Andrew Luck.Each of the team's coordinators are also in their first year with th...
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