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Super Bowl XLIV Recollections: DC Gregg Williams

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; (on blitzing on multiple plays leading up to CB Tracy Porterís interception for a touchdown) ďItís kind of a set-up, and that was kind of the thought process of getting it to there. Iíve talked about the chess game. Anytime ...

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(on blitzing on multiple plays leading up to CB Tracy Porterís interception for a touchdown) ďItís kind of a set-up, and that was kind of the thought process of getting it to there. Iíve talked about the chess game. Anytime you play Peyton, youíve got to be two, three, four, five plays down the road. That series of plays, trying to set up the route and hopefully set up the formation that they would call, it kind of fell into our place right there. Itís okay if we recognize it. Itís not okay if we donít. Tracy Porter did a great job recognizing it, and our three linebackers did a great job of convincing me that the next time we got in that situation to call that pressure. (LB Scott) Shanle, Vilma and (LB Scott) Fujita suggested to me about three or four plays before that to make sure I come back to that pressure on that down and distance again. We were able to do that and Tracy saw that unfolding, he pulled the trigger and made a nice play. Players make plays like that, coaches donít. I made the call, but Tracy made the play.Ē


(on defensive formations) ďIn the first quarter we were almost all 3-4. In the second quarter we went back to the 4-3. In the third quarter, we mixed it back in fourth, and in the fourth quarter we mixed it back and forth. That was kind of our plan to make sure that we didnít show everything we had early in the game. We had a first-half game plan, we had a third-quarter game plan and we had a fourth-quarter game plan. We were able to stick to what we were doing because the score kept us in it. Our offense kept us in it and we were able to execute the plan. If the score dictates, weíve got to abort that plan and go with whatever we had to. But we were able to do it. It unfolded the way Coach (Sean) Payton and I thought it was going to unfold on our first day after the (NFC) Championship, on keeping this kind of game on offense and defense together.Ē

(on containing Colts WR Reggie Wayne) ďHeís a guy that I liken to a Michael Irvin back in his heyday, that was really good against the press. When youíve coached as long as Iíve coached, you go against a lot of different people. So you can use plans that youíve used against other people in years past. Buddy Ryan talked about our San Francisco plan back when they had John Taylor and Jerry Rice, and we had certain ways we had to play against them. I kind of went back to that thought process and likened Reggie Wayne to a Michael Irvin on how we wanted to play him tonight. Sometimes we singled him. A lot of times we were doubling him, though.Ē

(on Saints QB Drew Brees) ď(Colts QB) Peyton Manning is the best quarterback in the National Football League, along with our guy (Drew Brees). I had to hook up and come down here with (Brees). He is a major influence why I came here, to get the opportunity to play with a quarterback that could correct mistakes when I make mistakes on defense. Itís been a great year for me. Iíve had to change my personality a little bit to fit the style of the offense. Iíve been coaching for a long time and had to win games 10-9, 13-10, 15-14. Here, you donít have to worry about making a mistake because youíve got a quarterback and an offense and a head coach that will be aggressive and go back and get back into a ballgame. It was fun to have that offensive and defensive flux back and forth. We were able to work together and it was a good team win.Ē

(on CB Tracy Porterís interception return for a touchdown) ďI want our guys to make plays. I donít want to coach robots. Guys who are afraid to jump routes, guys who are afraid to make plays donít last very long in the National Football League. You have to believe what you see, and when you see it, go get it. If you make the wrong decision, thatís why they hired me Ė Iíll help you the next time make a better decision. Please donít be afraid of making a fast decision. My whole life Iíve been trying to speed up peopleís decisions, get people to play faster, get people to play nastier, get people to play tougher and more aggressive. Once you get a guy that will do that, please donít slow him down. I said when I started my first day here, ĎAll your life, youíve probably played for a coach that maybe restricted your decisions. You will not have anybody slow you down. You will not have anybody tell you you canít be aggressive. What will happen is if you arenít aggressive and you donít play fast, you probably wonít end up playing for us. Youíre going to have to go someplace else in the League.í Thereís a good football team here that (Head Coach) Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis cultivated and built, and I was able to just come in and help out a little bit.Ē

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Old 02-22-2010, 11:30 PM   #2
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Re: Super Bowl XLIV Recollections: DC Gregg Williams

Originally Posted by QBREES9 View Post
My whole life Iíve been trying to speed up peopleís decisions, get people to play faster, get people to play nastier, get people to play tougher and more aggressive. Once you get a guy that will do that, please donít slow him down. I said when I started my first day here, ĎAll your life, youíve probably played for a coach that maybe restricted your decisions. You will not have anybody slow you down. You will not have anybody tell you you canít be aggressive.
Any of you young guys who aspire to coach...especially defense...please read the above thoroughly until you completely understand. I can personally vouch for the validity of this statement, and is probably the most important thing that you, as a coach, could do to help your players. Keep it simple and let them use their God-given talent to make plays and not hesitate when reaction is needed.

On offense...the players know exactly what their assignment is, and any adjustment made to their assignment is usually pre-snap. The QB obviously has decisions that he has to make, but otherwise, the offensive player is allowed to play full-speed, knowing exactly what his assignment is. It should be that way for the defender, as well, and he should not spend critical fractions of seconds making decisions.

This may not be clear as to the point I'm trying to make, so let me give an example. As a high school strong safety, my coach had me reading a player's move at snap depending on the formation. It was usually the TE, unless they were in a formation that did not include a TE.

My coach made the mistake of giving me exceptions to the rule. Consequently, I found myself waiting to see if the exception would play-out, rather than reacting...kinda like putting myself in limbo at the worst possible moment...at the moment that I should have been reacting agressively.

When I advanced to JC I was switched to CB. The read was at the snap and no exceptions. As soon as the ball was snapped, I knew my reponsibility and could react from that point on. It was such a relief for me. We all had to know each other's responsibilities, so I know it was the same for our SS.

Whether you think you can or think you can't...you're right!

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Old 02-23-2010, 09:15 AM   #3
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Good article. I think we have ignored the fact that Williams may be courted by other teams. I hope he stays with us for a few more years.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:44 AM   #4
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Hopefully GW meant it when he said that he had been a head coach before and wasn't interested any more. He could certainly go somewhere else but I don't think this is the year........He's only had one draft to add his kind of players to the roster. He's smart and is going to build one hell of a defense that will be tough and nasty for quite a while.
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