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Old 10-09-2010, 12:42 AM   #1
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New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams Post-Practice

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It seems like Sedrick Ellis is having a good start to the season. What are your observations?

Before I got here I was really excited about coming here and getting a chance to coach him because I really liked him coming out and I had him rated as the top tackle coming out (of college). Ive had a chance to catch up with him. I mentioned back in training camp that if he stays healthy I thought you all would see a tremendously productive there; a guy that has a chance to be a Pro Bowl player. When you get drafted that high, thats what you hope your talent equates to and I think hes having that kind of a season. I think hes having a very impactful season. Hes in the trenches so hes going to get chances to get rolled up on and all that kind of stuff and really the only thing that has set him back in his first two years is health. When he stays healthy and can stay on the field, I know were a better defense when he stays on the field. Hes played well. In fact with that article from today that had him real lean and everything, I think Im going to play him at corner this week in place of Tracy Porter.

Speaking of whos going to play corner in place of Tracy Porter, what are your thoughts on that?

Were going to have several packages. Were going to share it with all of our guys. Like Ive said before we have a multitude of ways to do things. One of the things that you saw last week is that we have a multitude of ways in that we went from Roman (Harper) to Pierson (Prioleau), Pierson to Chris (Reis), and Chris to Usama (Young). I think the big picture teaching and coaching that we do I have a really good staff here and we do a lot of coaching on the what ifs. We do a lot of coaching on making sure that you have a couple of guys groomed up to fit. We always say that with all the packages we have, we want to make sure that until it gets to two injuries at a position before you go out of a package. We dont want to have one injury take you out of a package. In order to do that, you have to cross-train. Ive been on record before here saying that I like guys that can do more than one thing an end that can play tackle; a tackle that can play end; a linebacker that can play all three; a safety that can play corner; a corer that can play safety. With all that being said and done, thats how well handle this particular week and we do that every week. One of the things that we try to do too and I think Sean (Payton) does a great job of it offensively here, in all the years Ive gone against him he did this well and weve been kind recognized as doing this defensively in that we change what were doing defensively according to who were playing. Certain guys cant do certain things. Certain guys can play certain ways. So our style of play changes depending on whos in the ballgame at what time of the ballgame and all that kind of stuff because were going to try to put them in a situation. Now you cant always protect all of them at some point in time they may all be on an island but for the most part, we adapt and change as coaches. Im not the kind of guy that says you have to play this way. Im supposed to have some flexibility too and we recognize that. Thats why we have culture; we have good attitudes in our room because our guys like that. They like that they have some say too.

How is Patrick Robinson coming along?

I said last week or two weeks ago that hes really coming on and he has been. Hes been coming on and hes been improving. Hell be in some packages. Athletically, hes as talented as last year I said Malcolm (Jenkins) was. Malcolm had a process that he had to grow through and its the same thing. I jumped on Patrick pretty good early on here and that was for a reason. Its because the other things that were going unnoticed were going unlistened to behind the scenes. My job is to affect change. Sometimes mom and dad and sometimes college coaches create habits that are acceptable that arent in pro football so we had to change some habits. The young man has done a great job, he really has. Hes done a great job of falling into line here and doing what we want to do. Ive had a lot of DBs like that Nate Clements, Sean Taylor, Carlos Rogers, Antoine Winfield, Samari Rolle, LaRon Landry; you go on down the list of first-round DBs that took a while. I think the hardest position to play in this league right now outside of quarterback is a corner matching up with the talented wide receivers that are in this league, and also matching up with the wide-open passing game in this league because the rules are set that they want to see the ball thrown through the air. Fans want that. So it takes a while; it does. And hes done well. Im pleased with his progress.

What are your thoughts about facing another rookie quarterback for the second week in a row?

When we scout an opponent, we dont just look at one or two games, we look at lots of things. Because we played them in the playoffs last year, we had looked at every single game of the season last year. What were doing this year is weve taken all of that information from the 2009 season and combined it also, or separated or juggled it into this season. When you look at it different ways, what you see is that were going to have to play the Cardinals offense. Its really not about that quarterback, especially since the quarterback that really made it click is in the broadcasters booth this week. Kurt (Warner) is doing the game out there. Ive gone against him at the Rams, at the Giants, at the Cardinals and I think hes in my opinion a first-ballot Hall of Famer. So theyre doing similar things to when he played that quarterback position. Theyre going to ask (Max Hall) to manage the game. As you take a look at the quarterback position, does because youre young mean that all of a sudden that the running game becomes all the more important? Does it mean that (Larry) Fitzgerald becomes more important that you have to play? You have a veteran that Coach Whisenhunt has stood up and said has to protect that quarterback. We cant get focused in on just playing the young quarterback; we have to play the Cardinal offense. Thats what we have to do and weve done a good job of that other times. It was similar to that last week; we had to play the Carolina Panther offense. We had to play the New York Jet offense last year when Sanchez came in, or any young quarterback. They do a lot of things that limit what he has to do. The opportunities that hell get maybe will be to make a tight throw and hes done well. Weve gone back and taken a look at every preseason game; weve taken a look at the games in the regular season when hes been in; weve take a look at some college film that hes been in to try to get mannerisms. Were pretty thorough when we go back and look at an opponent.

You have coached with Jeff Fisher. This past week, Josh McDaniels claimed that the Titans played dirty. Can you answer that?

Ill say this and Im not putting words into Jeffs mouth, but the two best guys that Ive ever worked for ever are Sean and Jeff. And with the fact that Jeff and I are best friends, what I would say to Josh is to be careful what you say and be careful what you wish for because there are other coaches in this league also and Jeff Fishers not that way. You have to coach your own team. Id be worried about coaching my own team before I talked about somebody elses team.

What are your options if Will Smith werent able to play on Sunday?

We have flexibility there. Alex (Brown) played right end his whole career before I made him play left end. Jeff Charleston as I said last week I think is one of the most improved players we have on this football team and hell get some reps. Jimmy Wilkerson was brought in here to be able to play both sides there too. Again, because of that position flexibility and what we attracted in here to start with, we have pieces. Will practiced today and Im anxious to see how he felt after the practice. Our offense vs. defense which is my favorite period of the week my favorite period of the week is when we go 1s vs. 1s against the offense in the red zone on Fridays. Thats the only period where we get after it just like training camp. He was in that period and was rocking and rolling in that period so Im anxious to see how he felt afterwards. We have to be smart. Just like we were last week with Roman (Harper), we have to be smart. When their body is talking to them, they trust me in knowing that they dont have to impress me. Lets be smart in knowing where were at in the season. But he did go today and that was a positive thing to see him out there competing in the red zone against Drew Brees and the guys.

Is Junior Galette an option?

Yes. Hes another guy. Heres another guy thats on the team for a reason. Could he get in the game? Sure he could. Hes been deactive and weve been grooming him for a particular spot there. With Junior, he has some position flexibility. Heres one of those guys like (Anthony) Hargrove and like (Jeff) Charleston who also can play in the special teams. So is he a guy? Yes, to answer your question. He could get up and get some time. And if we dress them, were playing them.



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Why is everyone so in love with this Gallette homo? What has he ever done?
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Why is everyone so in love with this Gallette homo? What has he ever done?
He singlehandedly collasped pockets in preseason, he had a non stop motor would never quit and was always the first to the ball. That is why we love junior cuz he's a beast!! Unleash him!!
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He singlehandedly collasped pockets in preseason, he had a non stop motor would never quit and was always the first to the ball. That is why we love junior cuz he's a beast!! Unleash him!!
This^

Obviously he's a rookie and has some areas that may be liabilities at this point in his career, but anyone who knows anything about football can see this guy has potential.

Non-stop motor, cat-quick, great 1st step...

Whats not to like?
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Why is everyone so in love with this Gallette homo? What has he ever done?
Not in love with him, just some of us here has a man crush on him. Not going to mention names here.
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Not in love with him, just some of us here has a man crush on him. Not going to mention names here.
We just wanna see some consistent pass rush, at this point it seems as though Sedrick Ellis is the only one thats showing up or even trying for that matter.
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