When the Tennessee Titans brought in Gregg Williams to assist with their defense, they hoped Williams could help turn around a unit that gave up a franchise-worst 471 points last year.
Williams, via TitanInsider.com, said he wants the players to buy into the intensity that the Titans coaching staff is putting forth in hoping that will translate on the field.
“It's been fun to see some of them come in here and match the intensity of the coaches, wanting to be aggressive. I've never coached a player that didn't want to be as aggressive as possible,” Williams said. “I've always said don't use me as an excuse for not being aggressive, because I'm an aggressive coach, I want aggressive players, and all the coaches here do that. So that's been fun to watch them do that.”
Williams, coming back from a one-year suspension, said the rallying cry of the defense will be to use that aggressiveness to force turnovers, something that has been a trademark of Williams' defenses in the past.
“As you've seen in practice, that's been a big emphasis in practice of what we've tried to do and how we've created so many turnovers in practice,” Williams said. “It was nice to see a step from game one to game two. In game two, we got a couple, and we missed out on a couple of other ones. I hope we do a better job of doing that. Anytime you can create a short field for the offense, give our offense an extra possession, it also takes points off the board potentially against us and is a big part of what we want to do here.”
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Terry McCormic covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com