Suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams met with the Tennessee Titans and is close to becoming the Titans’ assistant head coach, ESPN.com reported Saturday.
Before the former Saints assistant and the Titans finalize a contract, however, he must be reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell – a move that could come as early as this week, the website said.
If Williams is reinstated, the ESPN report said league sources see no obstacles on the contractual front. The two sides are familiar with each other, with Williams having worked in Tennessee from 1993-2000.
Williams met with Titans officials, including coach Mike Munchak, according to the report.
Former Titans and St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher has endorsed Williams as well, ESPN reported.
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 season and he was not retained.
DOOLEY JOINS COWBOYS
Former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is headed to the Dallas Cowboys as wide receivers coach.
The Cowboys reported the move on their website. Dooley will replace Jimmy Robinson, who could stay with Dallas in another capacity.
Dooley was fired at Tennessee in November after posting the longest run of consecutive losing seasons at the school in over a century. He was 15-21 in three seasons including 4-19 in the Southeastern Conference and 0-15 against Top 25 teams.
Dallas coach Jason Garrett and Dooley were on the same staff with the Miami Dolphins in 2005-06. Garrett was offensive coordinator, and Dooley coached tight ends. Those are Dooley’s only two years of pro experience.