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Redskins New Head Coach Bracket: (4) Gregg Williams vs. (13) Pat Narduzzi

First round of the Washington Redskins Next Head Coach Tournament

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(4) Gregg Williams
Current Position: Senior Assistant Defensive Coach for the Tennessee Titans
Specialty: Defense

  • Williams was an Assistant Coach at the University of Houston under former Redskins Head Coach, Jack Pardee in 1988
  • In 1990, Williams was the Special Teams Coach for the Houston Oilers under Defensive Coordinator Buddy Ryan. In 1994, he moved up to Linebackers Coach until 1996.
  • In 1997, Gregg was promoted to Defensive Coordinator and the Oilers became the Tennessee Titans. As the Defensive Coordinator, the Titans lead the league in total defense and only gave up 191 points which was the 3rd fewest in NFL history since it adopted the current 16-game season format in 1978. The defense helped lead the Titans to Super Bowl XXIV
  • In 2001, Williams was hired as the Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills. After three years and a 17-31 record, his contract was not renewed
  • After his release from Buffalo, Williams was on the top of many team's list for Defensive Coordinator. He signed with the Washington Redskins because Joe Gibbs gave him complete autonomy over defensive players and defensive coaching staff. Gibbs added Assistant Head Coach to his title
  • With Williams aggressive scheme, the Redskins ranked 3rd in the NFL in 2004 and 9th in the NFL in 2005
  • In 2006, Greg Williams signed a 3-year extension with the Redskins; making him the highest paid Assistant Coach in the league
  • Williams called a defensive play with only 10 men on the field in honor of Sean Taylor. He was close to Taylor and was deeply affected by the tragedy
  • After Joe Gibbs retired, Williams seemed to be the front runner for the Redskins Head Coaching job. He interviewed with Dan Snyder 4 times. On January 26 2008, Williams was fired and the job eventually went to "Mr. Maroon and Black" Jim Zorn
  • Spent one year (2008) as the Defensive Coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • In 2009, Gregg Williams was hired as the Defensive Coordinator of the New Orleans Saints. Sean Payton raved about Gregg's preparation for the interview and even took a pay cut of $250,000 to make sure the signing happened
  • Williams produced immediate results with the Saints. His aggressive style recorded 35 takeaways (which was 2nd in the league) and played a huge role in their Super Bowl run and victory
  • In 2012, Gregg Williams was introduced as the new Defensive Coordinator for the St. Louis Rams under Jeff Fisher (who he worked for before in Tennessee). He never worked a day as a Ram though because a little over a month after his hire, he was suspended indefinitely because of his involvement in "Bounty-Gate"
  • Williams was reinstated to the NFL on February 7, 2013 and he was hired by the Tennessee Titans as a Senior Assistant Defensive Coach

(13) Pat Narduzzi
Current Position: Defensive Coordinator at Michigan State University
Specialty: Defense

  • Began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for Miami (OH) University from 1990-1991. In 1992, he became the Wide Receivers Coach
  • From 1993-1997, Narduzzi worked as the Linebackers Coach for the University of Rhode Island. In 1998, Narduzzi was promoted to Defensive Coordinator
  • From 2000-2002, Pat served as the Linebackers Coach at Northern Illinois University
  • In 2003, he was hired as the Defensive Coordinator at Miami (OH) University
  • He was hired as the Defensive Coordinator of the Cincinnati Bearcats in 2004
  • Narduzzi was a candidate for the Bearcats Head Coaching job in 2006. Narduzzi informed the University of Cincinnati that if he didn't get the job, he was going to leave the school and follow Mark D'Antonio to Michigan State. Cincinnati decided to go with Brian Kelly
  • In 2007, Narduzzi was named the Defensive Coordinator of Michigan State University. After a few years of rebuilding, Narduzzi took an often abused defense and made them nationally recognized in 2011. They were a top 5 defense in nearly every statistical category
  • After his defense had a dominant season, Narduzzi was pursued for many Head Coaching jobs. He was also offered a significant raise to become the Defensive Coordinator for Texas A & M University. He chose to stay at Michigan State and in 2012, again his defense led the Big Ten in total defense
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