When the Tennessee Titans added former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to their staff, his addition was certainly not a ringing endorsement for current Titans defensive coordinator Gary Gray. Titans head coach Mike Munchak barely avoided the coaching chopping block, so the need to put a winning product on the field is paramount.
The Titan front office has done a masterful job of assembling talent on the defensive side of the ball by finding diamonds in the rough and superb player development. Despite being blessed with the pieces to construct an elite defense (Zach Brown, Akeem Ayers and Alterraun Verner), Gray has failed to maximize the talent and depth that he has at his disposal.
When Munchak cleaned house and fired a number of assistants, Gray was spared, but it appears that his days as the defensive coordinator may be numbered. If you were to compare Gray’s resume to Williams, there is no question who should calling the shots for the Titan defense. For more than a decade, Williams has been hailed as a defensive juggernaut who has constructed elite defenses in both conferences and has a Super Bowl ring to prove it.
Although Williams’ reputation was nearly ruined by his poor decisions in the Saints bounty gate scandal, his second chance with the Titans may mean that Gray has run out of chances as well as excuses. The blueprint for elite defense is constructed in the offseason. Although Gray is currently running the show, in time the true mastermind will be calling the shots.