Minnesota Coach Brad Childress has known Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for a while now.
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Minnesota Vikings Coach Brad Childress and the Vikings come to New Orleans on Thursday.
He is familiar with the aggressive, unapologetic play of Williams' defenses.
But Childress, whose team meets the New Orleans Saints in the season opener Thursday night in the Superdome, sometimes wonders if the Williams and his players go too far.
"His defenses have always been aggressive," Childress said Sunday morning. "We were able to face them for a number of years when we were with the Eagles when he was with Washington. It's always been a storm the castle type of approach.
"(He's) kind of known for that, even when he was back at Tennessee back with Jeff (Fisher). I understand a quarterback's going to get hit, people are going to get hit. It's football. I don't have any illusions about that. What I hate to see are late hits or attempts to hurt anybody. I don't think there's a place for that in the game."
In last year's NFC championship game the Saints were fined a total of $30,000 for four different hits on Vikings players, including three that were delivered to quarterback Brett Favre. The Saints also were flagged three times for personal foul penalties.
Childress said he definitely wonders if the Saints were intentionally trying to injure his players in that game.
"Yes, I would have to say that, yes," he said.
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