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Gregg Williams
Senior Assistant/Defense

Biography

Gregg Williams returns to the Titans organization, where he started his NFL career and coached for 11 seasons (1990-2000), including four years as the defensive coordinator. Williams has 22 years of NFL experience and has consistently led some of the top defenses in the league.

His return reunites Williams with defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. The duo has worked together for a total of nine years in three previous stops, including four years (1997-2000) in Tennessee, three years (2001-03) in Buffalo and two years (2006-07) in Washington.

Gregg Williams returns to the Titans organization, where he started his NFL career and coached for 11 seasons (1990-2000), including four years as the defensive coordinator. Williams has 22 years of NFL experience and has consistently led some of the top defenses in the league.

His return reunites Williams with defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. The duo has worked together for a total of nine years in three previous stops, including four years (1997-2000) in Tennessee, three years (2001-03) in Buffalo and two years (2006-07) in Washington.

Williams joins the Titans after spending three seasons in New Orleans and winning Super Bowl XLIV at the conclusion of the 2009 season. In that Super Bowl season, New Orleans ranked second in the NFL with 39 takeaways and in red zone defense. In 2010, the Saints fielded one of the best defenses in the NFL, as they ranked fourth in yards allowed, seventh in points allowed, fifth in third-down defense and sixth in red zone defense.

Williams spent one season as the defensive coordinator/assistant head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008, after spending four seasons (2004-07) with the Washington Redskins as Assistant Head Coach/Defense. While in Washington, he led two top 10 defenses (2007, 8th; 2004, 3rd), while only allowing only 19.4 points per game during his four-year tenure. His 2004 defense ranked second in the NFL in rushing defense, second in third down defense and fifth in fewest points allowed.

He became the head coach for the Buffalo Bills in 2001 and posted a 17-31 mark over his three-year stay. Jerry Gray was his defensive coordinator for all three years; and in their final year together (2003) in Buffalo, the Bills ranked second in yards allowed and fifth in fewest points allowed.

Williams originally gained his reputation as an innovator on defense during his first stint with the Titans/Oilers organization as defensive coordinator from 1997-2000. In his final season with Tennessee, the Titans finished first in total defense for the first and only time as an NFL club. The defense only allowed 191 points scored (11.9 per game) and recorded a franchise record 55 sacks. Over a two-year period of 1999-2000, Tennessee recorded 109 sacks and tallied 40 takeaways in 1999. During each of his four seasons as defensive coordinator for Tennessee, his units placed in the top 10 in rushing defense. Williams originally joined the Houston Oilers as a quality control coach in 1990. He stayed in that role for three seasons, before spending one season as special teams coach and three seasons as linebackers coach.

Before joining the NFL, Williams spent two seasons (1988-89) on Jack Pardee’s University of Houston staff as a graduate assistant. He entered the coaching ranks as a high school assistant coach in 1980 at Excelsior Springs in Missouri and became head coach at Belton High School in 1984.

Williams graduated from Northeast Missouri State, where he played quarterback and also played baseball. A native of Excelsior Springs, Mo., he has three children – Amy, Blake and Chase. He and his son Blake became the first father-son combination to win a Super Bowl on the same coaching staff.

Gregg Williams Coaching Ledger:
2013: Senior Assistant/Defense, Tennessee Titans
2009-11: Defensive Coordinator, New Orleans Saints
2008:
Defensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars
2004-07: Assistant Head Coach/Defense, Washington Redskins
2001-03:
Head Coach, Buffalo Bills
1997-2000:
Defensive Coordinator, Tennessee Titans/Tennessee Oilers
1994-96: Linebackers, Houston Oilers
1993: Special Teams, Houston Oilers
1990-92: Quality Control, Houston Oilers
1988-89: Graduate Assistant, University of Houston
1984-87: Head Coach, Belton (Mo.) High School
1980-83: Assistant, Excelsior Springs (Mo.) High School

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