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Gregg Williams: "I have so much respect" for Peyton Manning

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams became one of the few Super Bowl participants who offered anything other than bland quotes during the two-week run-up to the Super Bowl when he said he hoped his players would deliver some “remember me” shots on Peyton Manning — the kind of shots that would put Manning on the ground and keep him there.

But after the game, Williams said he has nothing but positive things to say about Manning.

“Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL,” Williams said, per Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “The people got their money’s worth in watching two great warriors. We were able to come up with a play, but [Manning] made some plays also. I have so much respect for him.”

Williams said he was impressed that Manning managed to complete 31 of 45 passes for 333 yards against the Saints’ defense, even though the Saints were putting pressure on him all night. And he said he was glad that when the opportunity presented itself, Saints cornerback Tracy Porter stepped in front of a Manning pass for the interception that sealed the win.

“We were able to hit him, we were able to hurry him, we were able to move him off the spot,” Williams said. “We made one play right there at the end that was the difference in the ball game. I’m sure he’d like to have that play back. I’m glad we made it.”

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6 Responses to “Gregg Williams: "I have so much respect" for Peyton Manning”
  1. DoughBoyRAC says: Feb 8, 2010 8:00 AM

    Would love to hear what Dungy has to say…right after he gets his foot out of his mouth!

  2. Bazooka Joe says: Feb 8, 2010 8:29 AM

    Too bad Peyton does not have respect for you or anyone that is not blowing sunshine up his white ass.

  3. Devils Advocate says: Feb 8, 2010 8:50 AM

    don’t feel so bad Gregg. right now Bill Polian is hard at work demanding that any time the Colts are in the playoffs opposing defenses will be limited to ten defenders.

  4. d.b.cooper says: Feb 8, 2010 9:27 AM

    Dungy is secretly happy the Colts lost.
    It makes it look like the Colts missed him as HC.

  5. The Black Cat says: Feb 8, 2010 9:34 AM

    I couldn’t help remembering frequently during the game that Dungy predicted an easy blowout. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t say or even think that if he were the head coach.

  6. moreflagsmorefun says: Feb 8, 2010 10:59 AM

    he should ask Payton to sign his Super Bowl Ring.

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