Titans senior assistant/defense Gregg Williams spoke to reporters on Monday for the first time since a February press conference when he was hired.

In a 15-minute session prior to organized team activities practice, Williams praised defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and expressed optimism about helping restore the Titans' defense, which was among the NFL's worst last season.

The NFL suspended Williams for the 2012 season for his involvement in “Bountygate” while with the Saints from 2009-11. Williams was to have been Rams defensive coordinator in 2012, but the team later parted with him. He was with the Oilers/Titans from 1990-2000, including defensive coordinator from 1997-2000.

Williams acknowledged he is still in the “feeling out” process in getting to know his players with the Titans. He said he planned on having some of his former players with the Titans -- including safeties Blaine Bishop and Marcus Robertson and linebacker Eddie Robinson -- speak with some of the current players prior to the season.

A few other comments from Williams on Monday:

On if he ever doubted he’d be back in the NFL: "Never once had I even thought that. Never once.”

On if he feels all eyes are on him: “I never have been worried about that in all honesty. I have never been worried about that. I am just happy to have a chance to continue to do it one more time. One more time, each year. ... In the National Football League it is a production business and we are all on one-year contracts. I am very, very happy I get a chance to do it with familiar people.”