Gregg Williams Would Be All Wrong for the Tennessee Titans
Mike Munchak has an interesting way of putting out a dumpster fire.
He apparently wants to douse it in gasoline.
Just weeks after ending the worst defensive season in franchise history, the Titans may add Gregg Williams of Bounty scandal fame to their staff.
According to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, if Williams gets his indefinite suspension lifted by Roger Goodell, he could well join the Titans as an assistant.
The move is completely indefensible.
Setting aside Williams' obvious baggage, there's little evidence he's a quality defensive coach. While Williams got a lot of notoriety from the 2009 Saints title team, he's coached just as many terrible defenses as he has good ones.
As Tom Gower of Total Titans pointed out, there's no pattern of consistent success from Williams. While he's achieved a certain notoriety for attacking defenses, that hasn't translated into any kind of dependable production.
The only argument anyone has made in favor of Williams was the one Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com put together. His funny but slightly sad take was that Williams has the advantage of not being Jerry Gray.
While his inherent not-Grayness is indeed an asset, it's hard to see how that lack of a quality alone will do much to insulate Williams from the fire storm that awaits him when he returns to the league.
Considering that Williams was well known of for bounties dating back at least to his days with the Redskins, it's fair to ask whether he's ever had any success in the NFL that wasn't predicated on him paying his guys to injure other players.
So yes, it's reasonable to assume that Williams might add something to the mix that Gray himself does not, but all that does is highlight how ridiculous it is that Gray is still employed as defensive coordinator.
If Munchak feels he needs to bring in the disgraced shell that is Williams to punch things up for Gray, he should save himself the time and just fire Gray.
Aside from all the ways the on-field results don't justify bringing Williams on board, his actual crimes against football should be more than enough to earn him a lifetime ban from coaching. Regardless of whether the NFL prohibits him from taking a job, his acts were vile. No team should hire him.
While that may be unrealistic given the opportunistic and unscrupulous nature of NFL front offices, it's difficult to argue for character and proper behavior in the locker room when the team employs someone who tried to engineer injuries to the biggest names in the game.
Williams' brand of team-sponsored thuggery has no place in the NFL, and while he's unlikely to ever endorse payment for injuries ever again, allowing him to work for the Titans would certainly not be a heavy deterrent to others who might walk that path.
Moreover, Titans players will face increased scrutiny. Should Zach Brown lay a questionable hit on a quarterback will he get the benefit of the doubt from the officials, the league or the media? Every Titan defender will carry a bullseye for penalty flags.
No matter what angle you take on the hiring, there's simply no up side to hiring Williams.
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