February 2, 2011

Gregg Williams will not interview in Tennessee

In a matter of hours, online reports indicated first that Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams would interview with the Titans for their newly-vacated head coaching job.

Then, reports surfaced that Williams had changed his mind.

It is a compressed time frame but similar time line to Williams' no-go interview with the Broncos.

Williams will now not interview with the Titans, a reversal of a decision first reported only hours before.

The Titans will reportedly still interview Falcons OC Mike Mularkey and Giants DC Perry Fewell.

Williams earned his stripes as a defensive coordinator for the Titans, excelling and earning his first head coaching attention that lead to the top job in Buffalo in 2001.

Prior to being the defensive coordinator with the Titans, Williams was with the Oilers organization and owner Bud Adams, Jr. for a total of 11 through its transition to Tennessee. Williams held a number of assistant jobs starting in 1990 before his promotion to defensive coordinator in 1997.

After Williams turned down John Elway and the Broncos, he was quoted by the Times-Picayune: "I can't stand in front of the defensive team in a team meeting... and say the things we need to do to win another Super Bowl and then get on a plane tomorrow afternoon to interview at Denver. I would not have a clear conscience."

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