January 27, 2011

Williams could be candidate for newly-opened Titans HC job

In a surprise move, the Tennessee Titans and long-time head coach Jeff Fisher decided to split, a week after the last NFL head coach vacancy from the 2010 season had been filled.

Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who already turned down interest from the Denver Broncos for their head coaching job, may be contacted by the Titans.

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."

Current Titans offensive line coach Mike Munchak has also been linked to the job in early speculation, as has former Browns and Jets coach Eric Mangini.

With a career record of 147-126, Fisher was third among active coaches in wins, behind only Bill Belichek and Mike Shanahan.  He was named interim coach and eventually head coach in 1994 after the mid-season firing of Jack Pardee.

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