The Chicago Bears are interviewing Assistant head coach and defensive line coach Terrell Williams for their open defensive coordinator job. What does Williams present on his resume, and what are the pros and cons of the Bears hiring him to be their next defensive coordinator?
Chicago Bears to interview Terrell Williams for their defensive coordinator opening
Terrell Williams began his coaching career in 1998 at Fort Scott CC. He began to bounce around and grow up the coaching tree. Williams moved to North Carolina A&T to be their defensive line coach the next year.
After three years there, he went to Youngstown State for two seasons to fill the same role. After two years at Akron as the defensive line coach, he moved up to Purdue, which is when he really found his break.
Williams coached Anthony Spencer, Mike Neal, Cliff Avril, and Ryan Kerrigan when he was at Purdue, one of the best stretches of defensive line talent at that school in a while. After a few years there, he moved to Texas A&M. There, he coached Von Miller during his breakout senior season, and he coached NFL lineman Damontre Moore.
This is what caused him to move to the NFL, with Dennis Allen as the Raiders defensive line coach. He coached for two seasons and got to coach Khalil Mack in his third year before the coaching staff was let go.
After that, he joined Lou Anarumo with the Miami Dolphins in 2015. In 2016, he coached on the Dolphins with Vance Joseph, and in 2017, it was Matt Burke who was the defensive coordinator.
After three seasons with a lot of changes in Miami, he moved to the Tennessee Titans in 2018. Since then, the team drafted Harold Landry and Jeffrey Simmons in the first round and got plenty out of them. They also saw players such as DaQuan Jones, DeMarcus Walker, Teair Tartt, and Denico Autry have their best seasons with Williams as defensive line coach. Last year, he moved to assistant head coach as well as DL coach.
Pros to Chicago Bears hiring Terrell Williams
There are a lot of big-time names attached to his career. When it comes to coaching the defensive line, defensive lineman tend to have their best seasons. There is a reason he ascended so fast. The Bears know him well after signing DeMarcus Walker, and it is clear they like how he works the lineman.
Williams would not call plays, but this would be the next step in his career, and without Mike Vrable, this is one of the best positions he will be offered next year. Beyond that, the Bears could offer him an assistant head coach role because Matt Eberflus has proven that he still needs help managing the game on game day. Lastly, the Bears' defensive line needs the most help, as they have the least talent of any area.
Cons to Chicago Bears hiring Terrell Williams
He obviously is good with the defensive line. What would be his plan for the defense as a whole? Would the secondary be in trouble, or would he have a plan for the back end? Would he accept not being able to call plays, and if it was asked of him, would he call plays?