Thursday, 03 February 2011 20:51

New Orleans Saints Gregg Williams Staying Once Again

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Ed Staton--Louisiana SportsSaints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is not in the mix for the Tennessee Titans head coaching job despite the reports on Wednesday that he was.

He was scheduled to be interviewed on Thursday, but withdrew his name from consideration. The same thing happened earlier at Denver.

Williams, who previously had been a head coach at Buffalo, has talked frequently about his loyalty to the Saints and said he'd only consider a top job in an ideal situation. Williams was a defensive coordinator at Tennessee and knows the organization well.

But the real reason behind Williams’s on-interest might be reluctance to take the place of former coach Jeff Fisher. Williams repeatedly has referred to Fisher as his best friend in coaching.

Williams had said repeatedly that he has great job with the Saints. "I have a great job right now that I love," said Williams.

Another reason Williams might have not have been interested is because he  likely would want to bring his son, Blake, with him as a coaching assistant. But the Titans have not been accommodating to such requests.

When Williams was being considered as a defensive coordinator candidate with the Titans in 2009, he was told that he would not be able to bring his son with him, which is one of the reasons he chose to join the Saints. His son is an assistant coach with the Saints.

If Williams leaves, the Saints would be in a bind because their secondary coach Dennis Allen left and became defensive coordinator of the Broncos. Allen would have been the top candidate to succeed Williams.


Former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Browns, picks Green Bay to win the Super Bowl because " the Packers' quarterback  Aaron Rodgers went to Cal Berkley, and Berkley is the center of the universe." Fujita, as you already knew, went to Cal. A Super Bowl win on Sunday for Rodgers would give him the same number of wins his predecessor, Brett Favre, had.,,Sean Payton will be behind the ESPN microphone on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Super Bowl Sports-Center Special. On Friday, he'll take part in a round-table discussion among ESPN analysts who have won Super Bowls. On Sunday at 1:30 p.m. he'll be part of ESPN's four-hour pregame show and will work with the "Monday Night Football" team of Mike Trico, Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden...

A pocketful of wry from reader Steve of Pascagoula:"A man had 50-yard line tickets for the Super Bowl. As he sits down, a man comes down and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him.

"'No,' he says. 'The seat is empty'

"'This is incredible,' said the man. 'Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Super Bowl, the biggest sports event in the world, and not use it?'

"He says, 'Well, actually, the seat belongs to me. I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away This is the first Super Bowl we haven't been to together since we got married in 1967.'

"' I'm sorry to hear that,' said the man. 'That's terrible. But couldn't you find someone else -- a friend, relative or even a neighbor to take the seat?'

"The man shakes his head. "No, they're all at the funeral."

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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