Gregg Williams could be on Titans' radar

January, 28, 2011
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With Jeff Fisher out as coach of the Tennessee Titans, Gregg Williams’ name is being tossed around as a possible replacement.

There’s some logic in that because the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator has deep ties to that franchise. Williams was an assistant there starting in 1990 when it was still the Houston Oilers, until 2000. He left to become the head coach in Buffalo and remains a popular figure in Tennessee.

That’s given rise to speculation that Williams could be a candidate. But there are no indications so far that the Titans have requested permission to interview Williams, who still has a year remaining on his contract with the Saints.

The Denver Broncos requested and received permission to talk to Williams during their coaching search this month. But Williams decided to pull his name out of consideration.

Williams has talked in the past about how he’s happy in New Orleans and would only take a head coaching job in what he views as a perfect situation. Despite his ties to the Titans, they might not fit his profile. Williams might not want to replace Fisher, his longtime friend. The Titans also have a policy of not hiring more than one person from a family.

Williams had a chance to go back to Tennessee as defensive coordinator two years ago, but he didn't, in part because he wasn’t allowed to bring along his son, Blake, as an assistant coach. Blake Williams joined his father in New Orleans and remains part of the Saints’ staff.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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