Gregg Williams admits that he is enjoying his reinstatement to coaching that there probably wasn't a better landing spot in the NFL for him than to come back to the Tennessee Titans.
Gregg Williams with former Titans offensive coordinator Les Steckel
Williams, who joined the Titans after being suspended for the 2012 season due to the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, has had a distinct influence on a Titans defense that is much improved after yielding a franchise-record 471 points a year ago.
Williams, of course, deflects that credit to defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and the Titans players, but his influence is still hard to deny.
But he said his role is enjoyable and made easier by the fact that he, Gray and head coach Mike Munchak are all on the same page.
“It's good. I love being around here. I love living in the city of Nashville. Five of these guys I coached,” Williams said. “I was real young when I had a chance coach them and they were still playing and I wasn't good enough o play anymore, so I had to go into coaching. That part of it is really fun, and from a philosophical standpoint, there's not a huge sell.
“Every single day coaches have to come in, you've got to sell the game plan to your staff, then go sell the game plan to your own team and go out there and sell it to the public. There's not a big sell here, because we all believe the same and came from the same tree. That's really relaxing and very comforting. It's been a lot of fun, it really has.”
Williams, who signed a one-year contract in February, got his first NFL coaching gig with the franchise, when it was still located in Houston. He slowly worked his way up the ranks and became the team's defensive coordinator in 1997. He held that position until being named the Buffalo Bills head coach in 2001.
But after a year out of football, Williams is happy to be back, serving in the role of senior defensive assistant with his role primarily being assisting Gray in running the defense. If he has aspirations of being a head coach or even a defensive coordinator again, he is keeping that on the back burner for now. His focus is helping the Titans continue to improve.
“Those kinds of things, I just love coaching, no matter what position. I loved being a special teams coordinator, I loved being a defensive coordinator. I loved being a position coach,” Williams said. “I really, in all honesty, I take no time to think about those things. I love being a mentor and leader of young men. I love that aspect of it, and this is really a good group of young men to be around. And I get as much from them as they do from me.”
Defensive tackle Sammie Hill worked in the individual period on Thursday, but is still not likely to play when the Titans visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Defensive end Derrick Morgan was also limited to individual work on Thursday as well.
Others who did not practice included cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (hamstring), linebacker Patrick Bailey (hamstring), linebacker Zaviar Gooden (hamstring), running back Shonn Greene (knee), tackle David Stewart (calf) and quarterback Jake Locker (hip).
Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh was limited on Thursday as he makes his way back from a concussion.