Suspended former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has already met with the Tennessee Titans and is on the verge of...
Suspended former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has already met with the Tennessee Titans and is on the verge of becoming the Titans’ assistant head coach, league sources told ESPN.com.
Before Williams can finalize a contract with the Titans, however, he must first be reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — a move that could come as early as this week, according to the report on ESPN.com.
Should Williams be reinstated, no obstacles are expected on the contractual front, according to sources. The two sides are familiar with each other, with Williams having worked in Tennessee from 1997 to 2000.
Williams already has met with Titans officials, including coach Mike Munchak, who is said to be in favor of Williams’ addition to the coaching staff.
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Additionally, former Titans and St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher has endorsed Williams to his former employer. Fisher hired Williams to lead St. Louis’ defense this season, but Williams’ suspension for his role in the Saints’ bounty scandal lasted the entirety of the 2012-13 season. Williams was not retained by the Rams at season’s end.
Neither Williams nor his representatives could be reached for comment.
HONOLULU — Adrian Peterson signed and tossed miniature footballs into the Aloha Stadium stands, then chatted up Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson and Marcus Allen. Arian Foster played Peyton Manning’s bodyguard for stadium cameras and told fans he recently walked on hot lava.
The Pro Bowl players practiced a little, too, on a sunny Saturday in Honolulu, one day before an all-star game that will likely be used to determine its own future.
But the game’s main purpose is fun, said several players, including Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
“I feel like there’s no responsibility, it’s just all about fun,” Charles said. “You work hard during the year — it’s not like a competitive game.”
Competition — or at least the appearance of it — is exactly what the NFL is looking for from its stars Sunday as it uses the game as a measurement of whether it’s worth putting on in future years. Goodell has said the game will stop if play doesn’t improve, drawing mixed reactions from top players.
Chicago cornerback Charles Tillman said he doesn’t want this year’s Pro Bowl players to be known as the group who led to the game’s cancellation, taking away an honor and privilege from future players.
“I don’t want this to happen on my watch,” he said.
The AFC is a slight favorite over the NFC. Las Vegas bookmakers expect 81 ½ points to be scored.