The Tennessee Titans branched out in the search for their next head coach. They also met some resistance.
It was widely reported Wednesday that former Titans’ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams declined the opportunity to interview and withdrew from consideration.
“Yes, I withdrew,” Williams, currently the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, told ESPN.com. “The timing is just not right. I love the organization, I love the city of Nashville. It's just not the right timing this time.”
The team did receive permission from the Atlanta Falcons to interview offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and from the New York Giants to interview defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, according to multiple reports.
Fewell, a former assistant at Vanderbilt, has been a hot commodity this offseason. He has interviewed with three other franchises (Cleveland, Denver and Carolina) and received permission to talk to a fourth (San Francisco). All hired someone else.
Fewell’s experience as a head coach is limited to seven games as an interim replacement for Dick Jauron in 2009. The Bills went 3-4 under him.
Mularkey was 14-18 in two seasons as coach at Buffalo (2004-05). He has spent the last three years as the Falcons’ offensive coordinator.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he said he wants to be a head coach again.
Williams was the Titans’ defensive coordinator from 1997 through 2000 and one of the more popular assistants during Jeff Fisher’s recently completed tenure. He left to become head coach of the Bills, a position he held for three years. Mularkey replaced him when he was fired.
The Titans began the process by interviewing two members of the current staff, offensive line coach Mike Munchak on Monday and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger on Tuesday.