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Old 10-31-2009, 12:35 AM   #1
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Gregg Williams press conference

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams press conference transcript for Oct. 30
By The Times-Picayune
October 30, 2009, 7:31PM
Provided by the New Orleans Saints, here is defensive coordinator Gregg Williams press conference transcript from Friday:

New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams


What have you seen from Roddy White on film?

“You see explosive plays. I think they’re (Atlanta) still a very good run football team. I see the physical stature in their team, the physical nature in their offense. I think it’s the same thing, the same style of play with Mike Mularkey wherever he’s been. He’s been from that physical school of thought on offense. It’s very challenging for us to be able to package up the right people and also to be able to handle some of the techniques they teach. They do a really good job. It’s a well-coached staff. I have a lot of respect for Mike Smith anyway, being a defensive brethren, on the defensive side of the ball before he got his opportunity to be a head coach. I think he coaches with an attitude. His teams play with an attitude, a toughness. It’s fun to watch them on film. Hopefully we can match their intensity and match their style of play.”

How challenging is it that they can both run and throw the ball with success?

“As a defense, you’re always trying to make a team one-dimensional and try to make them do what they don’t want to do. I think they’re well-versed in both, so we have our work cut out for us. We’re going to have to play very well. It’s a coach’s nightmare to have to work on stopping both. Our players are going to have to do a really good job of seeing the right keys, doing the right things, making the ball go where they don’t want it to go and then rallying up to it and getting them off the field.”

There aren’t too many tight ends like Tony Gonzalez. Are there?

“He’s very good. I’ve admired him for a long time, gone against him in a lot of different places I’ve coached before. I think every single place I’ve coached at before in the six places I’ve been, I’ve had an opportunity to go (against) with him. I guess that means I’m old and he’s old too. He’s still playing like a young man. He’s doing a great job. His ball skills have to be some of the best ever in the history of the game that played that position. He catches the ball so well, plus he’s done a good job when they’ve called on him to block in the run game and then I still remember many years ago when he was having his contract battles in Kansas City, where he said okay, I’m going to go play basketball and was going to make the Miami Heat team as a basketball player. He’s a phenomenal athlete. He really is.”

Is the Atlanta line’s performance against Dallas in their protection against Matt Ryan an anomaly?

“They do a good job of getting the ball out quick. Prior to this least game, he’s been probably one of ht least touched quarterbacks in the league. They’ve done a very good job of it. Sometimes when you catch a team coming off the bye week, you can see that the energy and speed that Dallas played with was maybe at a different level than they had been playing for a couple of weeks. I also think they battled the noise a little bit in Dallas’ stadium. Hopefully our fans do the same thing. I think anytime you play on the road offensively, it’s somewhat more difficult to be ahead of the defense in some things. Hopefully we’ll play them well enough so our fans are excited enough that they can give us that advantage. I know that when we played New York, they were big. The fans were giving us a third down advantage, giving us the red zone advantage, giving us the goal line advantage, that type of stuff and it makes communication difficult. I think in the Dallas game they got caught up in a couple of those kind of things.”

What are the elements that the Falcons do well offensively?

“They do everything. They’ll run the zone scheme. They’ll do the gap scheme stuff and still run the power running game. They have an occasional wildcat attack, so they’re able to play action you, max you up and throw the ball down the field. They’ve done a very good job of having playmakers on third down to keep the chains moving, so what is it? We’re going to have to stop everything. It’s like that old NFL films…Look at this, look at this. Are you ready for this? Stop that, stop everything. We’re going to have to be prepared to do that and it’s going to be our guys matching up with their guys and being able to make those plays.”

With Darren’s Sharper’s name on defensive categories next to legends like Rod Woodson, Dick LeBeau and Ronnie Lott. Has he quietly built himself into that category?

“I think Darren’s had that reputation for quite some time. He was entering into that select company of people. I don’t know where he fits in right now, because quite truthfully I don’t pay attention to those types of things at this point in time of the year. My thing is I have to try to help him manage his instincts, manage his play, try to put him in a position to go out and make another play or two. I know he has done a great job of fitting into what we’ve done and I really, really, really like having the opportunity to coach a guy like that. I don’t know if you guys have had a chance to do any stories on this, but it’s good for a guy like Roman Harper and Usama Young and Chris (Reis) and the younger safeties to get a chance to be around Darren and Pierson (Prioleau) and other guys who played this position for a long time. You’d like to be able to say (it but), I can’t coach those instincts. He has the instincts, but I can get him to anticipate some other things and give him some reads on some other plays and if he’s smart enough and good enough he can do that. That’s the fun part of coaching, having someone so instinctive or smart that they can actually take big picture concepts and run with it. He can do those types of things. The longer you play, the easier it is to do that. Will Malcolm (Jenkins) ever get a chance to do that? I will tell you this, Malcolm is a pretty smart football player, but he has years and years and reps and reps and reps to go to get a chance to see it at the speed it is at this level.”

Do you think Darren sees what the offense is doing?

“He sees what the offense is doing. All great players whether it’s a quarterback like Drew (Brees) or (Joe) Montana, all the guys that were really great at that position that can slow their heartbeat down and slow the pace of the decision in a game down, Darren can do that too. Your body has to move fast, but you have to be able play like you’re in slow motion because you see it happen before it happens. He can do those types of things. He can anticipate. It’s not guessing. I tell guys all the time. I bench guessers. Guys who guess they come and stand by me because they move into coaching. We want anticipators, not guessers. He does a great job of anticipating and getting in front of the ball or getting in front of a play that the quarterback’s going to make.”

In the event Sedrick Ellis can’t play Monday night, would that bring Kendrick Clancy into the lineup?

“We’re working as many rotations as we can. He’s one of those guys that has an opportunity. We’re working guys on the practice squad too. One of the things that we do is we have got all those snaps back in OTA’s, all those snaps back in training camp, every single snap is precious, because you never know when you could be called upon into duty. Kendrick has played a long time anyway. So he’s up and ready to roll, so we’ll have to make the decision of who the best person to activate is going in to the ballgame and we talk about that every day.”

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Its so nice having a DC who knows what the F he is doing.
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Wasn't Mike Mularkey the OC in Buffalo when Williams was coach?
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Originally Posted by Euphoria View Post
Its so nice having a DC who knows what the F he is doing.
Yes Indeed .....and I love this quote from him:

"It’s not guessing. I tell guys all the time. I bench guessers. Guys who guess they come and stand by me because they move into coaching. We want anticipators, not guessers".

Does not get much better than this.
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I love Williams, and love his intense approach to the game. I rather read his press conferences than drink Abita.

Anyone notice he rambles and can't stay on topic? He was asked about Roddy White, and ends up talking about the Falcons coach. Asked about Sharper, he ends up talking about Jenkins. I think his mind works in hyper drive.
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Hyper drive- that's great.
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