Gregg Williams staying aggressive
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans senior assistant coach for defense Gregg Williams has kept a low profile through training camp, but in his first talk with the media during camp, he reflected on his new opportunity and the style of coaching he's putting to use.
Williams was suspended from coaching the Rams for the entire 2012 season for what the NFL said was his participation in a pay-for-injury program while he was defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.
Now he's working closely with Titans coordinator Jerry Gray, who worked under Williams before with the Titans, Bills and Redskins.
"It's been fun to see the players wanting to be aggressive," Williams said. "I've never, ever coached a player that didn't want to be as aggressive as possible. I've always said, 'Don't use me as an excuse for not being aggressive.' Because I'm an aggressive coach, and I want aggressive players."
The evidence against him in the league's case for suspension included audio of his talking of killing the head and taking out an ACL. But he said he's not monitoring himself on the field or in meetings in regard to the terms he uses or the things he says.
"These guys enjoy the aspect of being coached and being coached hard, and they understand how much I care about them," Williams said. "I treat them like my own children. I treat my children tough too, and them back to me. We have a lot of great fellowship outside of just the field ranks too. All great players want to be taught, motivated and inspired. All of them.
"I don't worry about [word choice or language]. I worry about doing the right things at all times. I really do."
That doesn't mean he's toned down a loud, in-your-face style, which was regularly on display during training camp practices. On Monday, he hollered at the defense that "a slow, right decision is still wrong."
Players have routinely said they are enjoying playing for him and like the Gray-Williams combination. Williams' loud, sometime insulting style hasn't been badly received.
"We as coaches have to affect change," Williams said. "And if the same mistake is over and over and over and over again, sometimes you have to shock them. Sometimes you have to shock their consciousness and shock their attention.
"They want to be good. They want to correct the problem too. We have to affect change. Sometimes you have to be more vocal, but it's the technique or the act, not the person. It has nothing to do with the person."
Paul Kuharsky covers the AFC South for ESPN.com.
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