The Titans were bad at playing defense last year, and pretty good at it this year.
Ordinarily, that might make the coach responsible for the turnaround a hot candidate for other jobs.
But Titans assistant Gregg Williams stepped carefully around questions as to whether he’d like to be a head coach again.
“I just love coaching, no matter what position,” Williams said, via The Tennesseean. “I love being a special teams coordinator. I love being a defensive coordinator. I love being a position coach. All those things.
“So I really, in all honesty, I take no time to think about those things. I really don’t. I love being a mentor and leader of young men. I love that aspect of it, and this is a good group to be around. I get as much from them as they get from me.”
What Williams got from a coach desperate to save his own skin (Mike Munchak) was a second chance, after many around the league thought he’d be radioactive after his suspension surrounding the Saints bounty controversy.
But Williams has done a good job adapting to the Titans staff (he’s not the coordinator, that’s Jerry Gray), and easing back into the working world after less than a year off.
He signed a one-year contract with the Titans this offseason, but coming off a 6-10 season which led the owner to put everyone on notice, that’s the practical length of most coaching deals there.
But by keeping a low profile and doing good work, Williams has likely given himself chances to keep finding jobs that he loves.