Bernard Pollard dissects defense

Updated: December 29, 2013, 5:45 PM ET
By Paul Kuharsky |

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and top defensive assistant Gregg Williams both have expiring contracts, but strong safety Bernard Pollard, who also will be a free agent, said only one of the two should return.

"Coach Williams was asked to come into a situation and be a voice, but at the same time it's not his ship to run; it's Coach Gray's ship," Pollard said after the Titans' 16-10 victory against the Texans on Sunday. "Coach Williams did a great job as far as making sure he could say some things but not step on toes at the same time.

"... I respect both guys. We don't know what's going to take place with anything. ... To be perfectly honest with you, Coach Williams, he's a D-coordinator. He's a lion. He is an alpha male. Guys like that, they want to be in their position. He knows and understands the situation that he came out of. He had to take a seat, he's humbled himself, he's learned, he's taught when he had a chance to.

"But he is a guy who wants to run his own defense. You've seen it before, he can run his own team. I don't see that continuing to happen, because you have to look at the things that go on. Coach Gray is the same way; he takes pride in what he is doing. They're both great guys, great coaches, they both will have a job."

Pollard laughed when asked which coach he'd vote for, saying it's not his decision to make.

It's unclear which direction coach Mike Munchak would go with a defensive coordinator. Munchak's fate must be determined first, and indications are it will be a deliberate process.

Munchak is expected to hold a typical season wrap-up news conference on Monday.

Munchak will meet with team president and CEO Tommy Smith this week, and indications are Smith will make a decision on Munchak's future by the end of the week.

Pollard said he talked with Smith before the game. He said Smith did most of the talking and was "encouraging."

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter


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