Williams could have landed Titans’ job instead

Once again, the timing-is-everything lesson is hammered home.

Had Gregg Williams held off on giving the New Orleans Saints an answer about whether or not he would become their defensive coordinator — and that was becoming increasingly difficult to do — he might have succeeded Jim Schwartz as the Tennessee Titans’ defensive coordinator.

But Williams accepted the Saints’ job, the team announced Thursday, leaving the Titans with a defensive coordinator vacancy after Schwartz left later in the day to take the Detroit Lions’ head-coaching job.

As it is, the Titans still are left with other good, in-house choices. The two Tennessee assistants who will merit consideration for the job are linebackers coach Dave McGinnis and defensive backs coach Chuck Cecil. Either would be a worthy successor, but the feeling is that McGinnis is the favorite.

McGinnis, 57, was the Arizona Cardinals’ head coach from 2000 to 2003 before he joined the Titans as an assistant in 2004.

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