Gregg Williams’ Methods Were Known Before Word of the Scandal in New Orleans Broke – You have to wonder whether or not suspended former Defensive Coordinator of the New Orleans Saints Gregg Williams fully comprehended the chances he was taking. “I’m sure Gregg’s not the only one who has done stuff like this, but he’s the one who got caught. He had to know that was possible before he took the risk”, said an unnamed former Washington Redskins player who was coached by Williams back in 2006.
Although the findings of the League’s investigation will no doubt define his legacy, Williams is hailed as a master motivator by those who played under him. “We just wanted to go out and play hard. We weren’t looking to injure a guy. But Gregg’s one of the best defensive coaches in … Players are very loyal to him. He probably had an effect on the young guys like (late safety) Sean Taylor, who he had drafted so high and who he really believed in.”
Here’s a look back at Sean Taylor, one of the most gifted athletes to ever play in the NFL
When word of the Bounty Scandal initially broke, rumors trickled out that Williams instituted similar systems during his previous coaching stints with the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins. CBS DC Sports’ David Elfin reported this on the matter:
“Gregg came in and dropped $15,000 on the (table) and said, ‘Brad Johnson [Quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings] doesn’t finish this game. This is Wednesday and the money will go up later in the week. It could double or triple by the end of the week,’ “one of the players recalled. “A couple of guys kinda got excited. (Defensive line coach) Greg Blache said, ‘If you get fined, it will be taken care of.’
A second Redskin, who also asked to remain anonymous, corroborated his teammate’s account.
“I can’t say for sure it was $15,000, but I definitely remember that happening before that Minnesota game,” the second player said. “And I can’t say for sure that those were G-Dub’s exact words about Brad Johnson, but that was certainly the message. I had never heard anything like that before from a coach, but I wasn’t shocked because that was G-Dub’s character, so in your face. His language was always X-rated and our meetings were usually pretty nuts.”
Gregg Williams will have his own actions and reputation to blame if he never coaches in the NFL ever again.