July 29, 2011; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams during the first day of training camp at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans’ Gregg Williams Benefits from Year Away

The Tennessee Titans hired Gregg Williams to help out on defense after the NFL lifted his indefinite suspension. While fans have been excited about the hiring, it seems a little strange. Williams was previously coaching the New Orleans Saints’ defense.

The Saints weren’t really known for their defense. Their backfield was a turnover machine, but the Saints defense didn’t truly strike fear into the heart of anyone in the way the Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens do. You may remember them getting run over by Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 playoffs where the Seahawks surprised everyone with their win over the Saints.

But let me get to the point; Williams’ defensive philosophy had some holes in it. Sitting a year out may have helped him fill some of those holes.

Williams touched on it in his introductory press conference, but sitting out a year has allowed him to digest the offensive scheme changes happening in the NFL and to think about the changes defenses need to make to still be effective.

He’ll be working along side Jerry Gray to turn around a defense that set a new franchise record in points allowed during the 2012 season. I think they’ll make a great duo. Obviously, they’re both pretty strong headed guys, and it’ll be interesting to see how they work together with the defense. They go back a long ways and both want this defense to be more aggressive.

There’s been murmurs about how well they’ll work together due to the type of guys they are and the fact that Williams will have a seniority of sorts over Gray, but I really don’t think there will be an issue. Everybody in Tennessee is in the hot seat and in the end, they just want this team to step its game up and get into the playoffs.

There’s no room for pride on the team this season. It’s all about working together to get back to the playoffs.




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  • josh gunnels

    Title wise Gray has seniority over Williams. I think Gray will still be doing the play calling. It will be interesting to know if Gray ignores advise from Williams so that it doesn’t look like Williams is making the defense better instead of him.

    I love Williams being here, but I have a bad feeling about the potential volatility between Gray and Williams.

    • http://twitter.com/g_d_rice Gary D. Rice

      I think Gray knows that Munch will be quick to resolve conflicts between Gray and Williams. Last season the defense was awful and that was on Gray’s watch so I don’t think he has much leverage. If Gray doesn’t play nice, he’ll be demoted to D-backs coach or worse…fired! Munch is on a short leash and everyone knows it.

      • josh gunnels

        You’re probably right. I just hope Williams really can bring that “edge” back to the D. I’m not looking for top 10 here, but I’ld like to stop giving up 50+ during games!

        • Shawn Eagle

          Don’t forget that Williams and Gray have a long history together…Williams brought Gray to Buffalo and Washington with him to help run his defense….they will get along fine.

          • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

            That’s my thinking.

      • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

        Everybody’s on a short leash.

    • http://www.titansized.com/ Justin Stewart

      Munchak said Gray will be calling the plays. Sounds to me though that Williams will be choosing what book he’s calling plays from.

  • Shawn Eagle

    Williams has said that he will be bringing a bend but don’t break philosophy. If you look back…even his bad defenses in New Orleans finished in the top 10 in redzone defense and scoring defense.