Titans' D eager to absorb Williams' knowledge
As the Tennessee Titans kicked off their offseason program, senior assistant coach/defense Gregg Williams spoke to the unit during a meeting and some players left the meeting excited to be working under him.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Since he was introduced as the Tennessee Titans' senior assistant coach/defense, Gregg Williams has kept a very low profile.
Monday, as the team kicked off its offseason program, Williams spoke to the defense during a meeting, a talk that amounted to an introduction, according to cornerback Jason McCourty, who met Williams for the first time.
"His résumé speaks for itself. I think as a defense we're excited to learn from him," McCourty said. "I think the combination of him and Coach [Jerry] Gray, with their mindsets and as much knowledge as they know about defense, it should definitely give us an edge."
Defensive end Kamerion Wimbley said Williams "brought a great energy that's going to be good for us."
Williams did not address his role in the alleged pay-for-injury bounty program in New Orleans that resulted in his being suspended for the 2012 season, the players said.
While there was a great deal of speculation about how trustworthy players on a new team would find Williams after he reportedly shared details about players' involvement in what went on with the Saints with commissioner Roger Goodell, both Titans defenders who spoke Monday said they had "no concerns" about Williams.
According to Wimbley, Williams' focus was on what he'll do for the Titans going forward.
"I think Coach Williams will bring about some change that's definitely needed here to get us going in the right direction," Wimbley said. " ... I think there might be a little difference in style. I can tell right now he's expecting a lot, which is great, because I think we expect a lot of ourselves as well."
Williams said when he was introduced in February that players trust and respect coaches who can make them better and that he would be able to help them in that way.
The 2012 Titans gave up a league-high and franchise record for points. Their free-agency haul included safety Bernard Pollard, who brings a lot of swagger, defensive tackle Sammie Hill and safety George Wilson.
"We're putting in a different mindset when it comes to defense, trying to be aggressive and understanding all that we've got to do in order to win games and get to the playoffs," McCourty said. "We're going out this year to prove people wrong."
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