Mike Munchak: 'He's going to be a huge asset for us'
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday February 12, 2013
Posted by: Chris Vannini on February 12, 2013
After a year off due to suspension, Gregg Williams is back coaching in the NFL.
The former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator was hired as a senior assistant defensive coach by the Tennessee Titans and reinstated by the NFL recently.
While on WGFX in Nashville, new Titans head coach Mike Munchak explained the process of deciding to meet with Williams and talking it over with defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.
"Once I met with Gregg and I felt good about it after spending time with him, it made sense to continue on. I sat with Jerry and he was all in right from the beginning," Munchak said. "I thought maybe he wouldn't be - I wasn't sure. I wanted to get his reaction: Am I looking at this right? Is this the right thing to do for the organization? For the defense? And I felt it was; he felt it was.
"He had ideas immediately on how he'd use Gregg and how they could work together. And they have a great relationship. They've been together a long time. Gregg's been a big part of Jerry's success he's had as a coach. So I think, for me, that made it a possibility."
Williams was the defensive coordinator for the Titans from 1997-2000, so he has a prior relationship with the organization.
As for how Williams will be used in this new role, Munchak said it will be everything.
"I think Gregg's going to be involved in everything we do," Munchak said. "I think it's going to be a group effort. I think you're going to see his influence in a lot of areas. He's already sitting in meeting, he's speaking up in them already. Once he gets a feel for our personnel and the playbook and what our thinking is, this is the time you want to have opinions because you're tweaking things, I think having another set of eyes that has a lot of experience is going to be very helpful to our team.
"So I think you'll see him involved in a lot of ways, with Jerry, with game-planning. Certainly he'll take a certain aspect of the game plan - whether it be third down or red zone or something - where he'll be in charge of a few things. And like I said, he'll sit in meeting rooms and help other areas. So I'm excited.
"There's a lot he can do. He's obviously a great resource for that area, and we think once we get rolling he's excited to work, and I think he's going to be a huge asset for us."
You can listen to Munchak's interview by clicking here.
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