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.