Gregg Williams Reinstated by the NFL, Will Coach for Titans in 2013-14

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 7, 2013

Longtime defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was reinstated by the NFL on Thursday—and it didn't take long for him to find work.

According to Tennessee Titans beat writer Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean, Williams will join head coach Mike Munchak's staff as a senior assistant for the defense:

Gregg Williams has been reinstated by the #NFL, and has been hired by the #Titans as Senior Assistant/Defense.

— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) February 7, 2013

Williams was the unsettling, defining voice behind the New Orleans Saints' Bountygate scandal that ultimately resulted in him losing his job as the St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator in 2012, as he faced an indefinite suspension (h/t ESPN).

The move to Tennessee for Williams is interesting for a number of reasons.

The Titans happen to be the team that gave Williams his first defensive coordinator job from 1997 to 2000. That was preceded by a stretch that featured Williams as a defensive assistant with the formerly dubbed Houston Oilers—his first NFL job.

That connection paid dividends when former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher took over the Rams job last offseason, but obviously backfired post-Bountygate. Now it seems to be serving Williams' interests once again.

Talk about a coaching carousel.

In addition to coordinating a championship-winning defense in New Orleans, the 54-year-old Williams served the same role for the Washington Redskins from 2004 to 2007 and with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008. He also had a brief stint as the Buffalo Bills' head coach in the early 2000s.

Although this isn't the type of gig Williams is accustomed to, it is an opportunity for him to coach again.

Tennessee gave up the most points per game this past season (29.4), and it remains to be seen how Williams' knowledge and influence over the scheme will impact the Titans in 2013.