Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ name likely will surface as a possible candidate for the Titans’ coaching job because of his ties to the organization according to Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. But it’s unclear whether Williams would be interested in returning to the franchise where he spent more than a decade as an assistant.
Williams worked for the Titans/Houston Oilers from 1990 to 2000, mostly under Jeff Fisher, who unexpectedly parted ways with the Titans on Thursday after 16 years on the job, citing differences with management.
Williams has long described Fisher as his closest friend in the business, so it’s unknown whether he would want to be the coach to replace him. No doubt, Williams would pick Fisher’s brain before considering any such move.
Although Williams has not been identified as an official candidate for the Titans job, he does have relationships with Titans owner Bud Adams and some of the current coaching staff and was coordinator for the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV.
But Williams, who served as head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2001-03, has repeatedly insisted that it would take a special opportunity for him to leave New Orleans for another head coaching job. And he recently pulled himself out of consideration for the Denver Broncos’ vacancy.
Williams has also stressed the importance of a stable quarterback situation. The Titans have a lot of uncertainty there after announcing they plan to release quarterback Vince Young in March.