2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Williams keeping low profile coaching Titans' D

By TERESA M. WALKER - AP Sports Writer
    2013-08-22 18:21

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gregg Williams is still preaching aggressive, physical defensive play now that he's back in the NFL.

After being suspended for nearly a year for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, the Titans senior assistant coach for defense insists he only worries about doing the right thing, not monitoring the language he uses. That said, he is keeping a low profile in his new job, but otherwise his approach apparently hasn't changed.

Tennessee tackle Jurrell Casey finds the coach just as wild and crazy as he had heard.

Cornerback Jason McCourty said Gregg Williams has been stressing the Titans need to set the tone on defense.

And Williams said it's been fun seeing the players wanting to be aggressive.

``I've never, ever coached a player that didn't want to be as aggressive as possible,'' Williams said. ``I've always said, `Don't use me as an excuse for being not aggressive.' Because I'm an aggressive coach, and I want aggressive players and all the coaches here do that.''

Williams talked to reporters for the first time Wednesday since training camp started July 25 and only the second time since he was introduced with other new assistant coaches in February after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lifted his suspension. Other Titans' assistants are available on request, but Williams said he wants the story to be about the players themselves and not him.

``The fun part of it is I get to be in the mix with them,'' Williams said.

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma still believes his former defensive coordinator got a bum rap that cost him the 2012 season. But the linebacker said he never expected Williams to change too much because the coach's philosophy works.

``He's an aggressive coach,'' Vilma said recently. ``He's very in your face, very brash and he got players to play. He was very good at pushing that button to get you to play, so I expect him to do the same thing in Tennessee. I think what he's going to have to do, clearly, is tone down the language, tone down the phrases, all the cursing and stuff like that, but I expect him to be very aggressive.''

Williams has been quieter on the field the past month than during his tenure as the Titans' defensive coordinator between 1997 and 2000. Oh, he still yells at players who don't move as fast as he wants, and his language still can be pretty colorful. The Titans have worked hard at pushing the pace in practices, trying to make it easier on players in games.

So if that means yelling at a player, Williams does just that because he said he won't compromise on effort and toughness.

``There is no excuse for a loaf in this league,'' Williams said. ``There's no excuse for somebody not appearing tough in our league. That is what this game is about, and players don't want to play with someone next to them that don't get that, and coaches don't want to coach them. That is one of the things that really bothers me, if a guy is not 100 percent all the time when he has a chance to play this game, and a lack of toughness.''

The Titans like what they've gotten from Williams. They're busy trying to improve and bury the memories of last season when they allowed a franchise-worst 471 points.

``He does it for the best interests of the guys,'' Casey said of Williams. ``He doesn't want you out there lackadaisical, things like that. So he keeps us hyped and keeps us going. He's got the motivation with the energy to go out and practice hard.''

The Titans want more turnovers, plays and big hits that get fans on their feet screaming.

``We get the crowd involved, it's only going to help us as a team for that type of motivation and when the opposing team is on offense as loud as the crowd is, that's going to help us,'' McCourty said. ``So one thing we're focusing on is trying to set the tone.''

Williams made sure to credit Munchak and Gray for the message he's helping communicate. He's here on a one-year contract trying to prove his worth again and is on the sideline in games relaying calls from Gray in the coaches' booth. Asked about putting his personality onto this team, Williams said he's not looking at that.

``I'm just happy I have a chance to help in any way they need for me to help,'' Williams said.

Notes: LB Colin McCarthy returned to practice Thursday for the first time in three weeks after being limited by a sore right hamstring. A defensive captain last year, he was limited to individual drills, but Munchak said they hope McCarthy can play in the preseason finale at Minnesota on Aug. 29. ``We just need to get him healthy,'' Munchak said. ``He needs to go on the field and prove to himself he can make it through a game and not have something else happen.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

AP Sports Writer Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report.

---

Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Connor BarthAug 26 08:53p

Free-agent PK Connor Barth (Broncos) agreed to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, Aug. 26, on a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Brandon McManusAug 26 10:33a

Denver Broncos PK Brandon McManus won the kicking job as PK Connor Barth was released Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Connor BarthAug 26 10:33a

Denver Broncos PK Brandon McManus won the kicking job as PK Connor Barth was released Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Evan RoysterAug 26 10:13a

Atlanta Falcons RB Evan Royster (undisclosed) was waived/injured Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Rex GrossmanAug 26 09:23a

Free-agent QB Rex Grossman (Redskins) was signed by the Atlanta Falcons to a one-year, $1 million deal Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Taylor MaysAug 26 12:43a

The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent SS Taylor Mays (Bengals) Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Orlando ScandrickAug 26 12:43a

Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee Tuesday, Aug. 25. An MRI confirmed the injury.

Michael VickAug 25 07:42p

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Michael Vick (Jets) signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, Aug. 25. Financial terms were not disclosed. QB Bruce Gradkowski (finger) [ More ]

Evan MathisAug 25 06:13p

Free-agent OG Evan Mathis (Eagles) agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Jameis WinstonAug 25 04:33p

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie QB Jameis Winston (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle Monday, Aug. 24, against the Cincinnati Bengals. Head coach Lovie Smith still expects [ More ]

Josh JohnsonAug 25 02:53p

Cincinnati Bengals QB Josh Johnson was released Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Victor CruzAug 25 02:42p

Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) doesn't know when he'll be able to return to practice as he continues to deal with inflammation in [ More ]

Zach MettenbergerAug 25 01:23p

Tennessee Titans backup QB Zach Mettenberger has performed at a high level in training camp and the preseason, and head coach Ken Whisenhunt laughed off a suggestion that the [ More ]

Bruce GradkowskiAug 25 12:53p

Pittsburgh Steelers backup QB Bruce Gradkowski (finger) suffered a dislocated finger on his left hand during the team's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers last weekend, according to [ More ]

Andre WilliamsAug 25 12:22p

New York Giants RB Andre Williams could overtake RB Rashad Jennings as the lead back sometime this season, maybe even to open the season. Williams has worked on his [ More ]

Mike EvansAug 25 09:13a

Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) isn't believed to have a serious hamstring injury. 'I talked to him and he didn't feel like it [ More ]

Jameis WinstonAug 24 11:32p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed eight of his 13 pass attempts for 90 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 24, against [ More ]

Doug MartinAug 24 11:32p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin rushed six times for 59 yards in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 24, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mike EvansAug 24 09:12p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) left the preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Aug. 24, due to a strained hamstring.

Todd GurleyAug 24 06:52p

St. Louis Rams RB Todd Gurley (knee) will still sit out the entire preseason even though he has been cleared to practice, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.

Jordy NelsonAug 24 06:32p

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but the MRI revealed all of his other knee ligaments are fine.

Montee BallAug 24 05:22p

Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball has already lost the backup running back role to RB Ronnie Hillman. RB Juwan Thompson may also surpass Ball in the near future, according to Mike Klis of 9news.com.

Jordy NelsonAug 24 05:22p

Green Bay Packers WR Jordy Nelson (knee) is officially out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Jason McCourtyAug 24 04:42p

Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans CB Jason McCourty (groin) is expected to miss a few games after undergoing groin surgery Monday, Aug. 24, according to sources.

Ronnie HillmanAug 24 04:32p

Denver Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman has worked his way the second running back position behind RB C.J. Anderson. Hillman said head coach Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme has helped his [ More ]

Joique BellAug 24 04:02p

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford said the Lions will still take a committee approach at running back even when Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') returns.

Joique BellAug 24 03:02p

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') is expected to return this season as a bellcow running back, according to head coach Jim Caldwell. Bell has been nursing injuries [ More ]

Maurkice PounceyAug 24 01:52p

Pittsburgh Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) will undergo surgery on his fractured ankle Monday, Aug. 24, or Tuesday, Aug. 25. There is no timetable for his return, but it [ More ]

Jeremiah RatliffAug 24 01:42p

Chicago Bears DT Jeremiah Ratliff has been suspended three games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Jason Pierre-PaulAug 24 01:42p

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) plans to report to the team before the start of the regular season but his status for Week 1 is uncertain, according [ More ]

Reggie WayneAug 24 01:22p

Free-agent WR Reggie Wayne (Colts) agreed to a one-year deal with the New England Patriots Monday, Aug. 24, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Michael PrestonAug 24 10:22a

Miami Dolphins WR Michael Preston posted on Twitter that he was released Sunday, Aug. 23.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group