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Williams apologizes for Saints' bounty scandal

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm •  Published: February 7, 2013

Munchak said hiring Williams on a one-year contract was "the right thing to do."

"What better place for him to come back to for a second opportunity after making some mistakes and to recharge his career going forward," Munchak said.

"He knows we're going to do things the right way. He knows how we do things. I think he knows changes have to be done maybe in some of the ways he's done things in the past. I think we're on the same page. I think we're excited about the opportunity."

Still, this is the NFL, and Williams said an aggressive approach on defense is what people get when he gets a chance to help.

"It's been my thought process as a player, as a coach, in all the years I've been doing this is that I'd rather be aggressive than passive," Williams said. "And sometimes the fastest approach to getting a job done is being more aggressive, and that can be a style of defense, scheme of defense, attitude of defense. ... I feel like that will always be a huge tenet of the National Football League."

How well this move works for both the Titans and Williams remains to be seen.

The Titans missed the playoffs in Munchak's first season on a tiebreaker in 2011 before slumping to a 6-10 record in 2012. Fans have not been happy that Munchak has kept Jerry Gray as coordinator after a season when Tennessee also gave up at least 30 points in seven different games and ranked 27th in yards allowed.

Munchak previously made only one move on his defensive staff, firing linebackers coach Frank Bush and moving Chet Parlavecchio from assisting with special teams to linebackers coach.

"The bottom line guys is winning next year," Munchak said. "We know that."

Williams and Gray have worked together for years first in Tennessee, then Williams took Gray with him to Buffalo when hired as the Bills head coach in 2001 after four seasons as Tennessee's defensive coordinator under then-coach Jeff Fisher. They worked together in Washington between 2004-07 before Williams went to Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008 and then the Saints.

Gray said he told Munchak to bring Williams on in when asked for his opinion of a man who's like a brother. When pressed on who will make the defensive calls in games this season, Gray pointed questions to Munchak who said Gray is the coordinator making the calls "right now."

Notes: The Titans face a deadline Friday where they could release Chris Johnson and avoid guaranteeing $9 million of the $10 million salary due in 2013. Munchak said they will be honoring both Johnson's contract and that of safety Michael Griffin, who is due $6.2 million this season.