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McCray: Williams made Peyton panic

New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray got a lot of attention — and got docked a lot of money — for his hard hits on opposing quarterbacks during the Saints’ playoff run. But McCray says it’s Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams who’s really deserving of attention.

On ESPN’s Jim Rome Is Burning, McCray said he thinks Williams’ game plan for Colts quarterback Peyton Manning at Super Bowl XLIV was masterful, and he praised Williams for making Manning panic on the key interception that clinched the victory for the Saints.

“He was going against a great guy on our side of the ball, which is Gregg Williams,” McCray said when asked why Manning struggled. “He makes quarterbacks panic and do things they don’t want to do, and that puts our players in great position. As you can see, he thought he was throwing to Reggie Wayne but he threw it to us one play. It’s just the play design we have on defense. It was a great year and our defensive coordinator has done a lot of great things for us this year.”

McCray referred to Manning as a “great player” who was even tougher to prepare for than Brett Favre or Kurt Warner, the other quarterbacks the Saints faced in the postseason. But he said Williams has transformed the Saints into a defense that can beat any quarterback.

“He changed our whole persona,” McCray said of Williams. “We thought he was crazy when he came in. We had to do up-downs, which you only do in high school and college. Up-downs? You’ve got to be kidding me. We’re NFL players. But that got us disciplined to the point where anything he says, goes, and we believe it.”

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  1. gopherb24 says: Feb 15, 2010 5:15 PM

    WHY are we still talking about the Super Bowl?

  2. Seeryer says: Feb 15, 2010 5:18 PM

    In a related note, Bobby McCray was paid $5.75 million this year and he had 1.5 sacks and 12 total tackles in 16 games. But at least he really knows how to take a cheap shot on a QB. By the way, watch the replay of the INT, Collie was open for the first down and had three yards between him and the defender. Peyton locked on to Wayne because he had a little success on that drive to him already. It was nothing the Saints did and had everything to do with Manning locking on Wayne, not becasue he was confused. Williams was so masterful that he gave up 475 yards to the Vikings and over 400 to the Colts. Winning heals all ills but Williams is still the most overrated D-coordinator in the NFL, with or without a ring.

  3. ShimSham says: Feb 15, 2010 5:21 PM

    “WHY are we still talking about the Super Bowl?”
    Because the Combine hasn’t happened yet.

  4. _ROCKSTAR_ says: Feb 15, 2010 5:25 PM

    Because it was the biggest most watched Super Bowl.

  5. Deb says: Feb 15, 2010 5:28 PM

    @gopherb24 …
    Have you seen a more recent NFL game we can talk about? Please tell me where I can catch the rerun.

  6. this class sucks says: Feb 15, 2010 5:32 PM

    I’m pretty sure the NFL world revolves around the Super Bowl.

  7. bluestree says: Feb 15, 2010 5:33 PM

    @gopherb24; Because we’re into football. Duh. What’s the matter, your team get beat?

  8. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 15, 2010 5:35 PM

    “Williams has transformed the Saints into a defense that can beat any quarterback.”
    Tony Romo and his 104 passer rating against them say hi.

  9. BroncFanOr says: Feb 15, 2010 5:35 PM

    Agreed, who cares!?

  10. downwithdansnyder says: Feb 15, 2010 5:40 PM

    Or how about Reggie Wayne continues his route in FRONT of the DB and if Wayne doesn’t catch it then no one does. You have to block the DB out of the play. That’s what was supposed to happen I think. So unless Williams told Wayne to screw up the route then I’m not sure the credit for that INT goes to Williams. BUT man I wish the skins had kept him. Another stupid move by Snyder.

  11. straightup says: Feb 15, 2010 5:42 PM

    Peyton threw more than one bad pass in that game. He rushed his throws, he threw two up for grabs of his back foot that luckily landed in gaps. He threw on too Jenkins who dropped it and if Garcon wouldn’t have pulled Greer back that would have been another pick six. Manning is great in the regular season. Maybe the Colts should let Peyton get them there then start someone else…lol

  12. Nola666 says: Feb 15, 2010 5:44 PM

    Because it was the last professional football game played. It is the biggest sporting event in North America,if not the world (World Cup perhaps is bigger), this is a footabll website, and this was a recent interview nationally broadcast with a player involved in said Superbowl…
    Somebody sounds like they have Manning face gopherb24
    Who Dat!?

  13. wrath4771 says: Feb 15, 2010 5:45 PM

    Well when you drop Warner, Farve and Manning on the way to winning the Super Bowl you can pretty much say anything you want.

  14. Gautam says: Feb 15, 2010 5:48 PM

    gopherb24 says: February 15, 2010 5:15 PM
    WHY are we still talking about the Super Bowl?
    it has only been 8 days since then lol

  15. Realist says: Feb 15, 2010 5:49 PM

    I can’t speak for you, but after 43 years of waiting I will be talking about it for a long time.

  16. dgress says: Feb 15, 2010 5:50 PM

    Feel free to not read these articles if you have no interest in them.

  17. frojo says: Feb 15, 2010 5:53 PM

    I guess your favorite team didn’t win (or maybe even play). You wouldn’t be asking this question if they did.

  18. DCViking says: Feb 15, 2010 5:53 PM

    I’m sure Manning was worried about where next cheap shot or late hit was coming from…

  19. absolutsaints says: Feb 15, 2010 5:54 PM

    gopherb24…cause it has only been a week douche…

  20. Facts Domino says: Feb 15, 2010 5:54 PM

    None at all.
    An injured wide receiver ran a half ass route and the DB jumped it. End of story.

  21. Tom says: Feb 15, 2010 5:56 PM

    Thank you. The super bowl needs to be forgotten now. Moving on to Girly Combine and Draft Rumors.

  22. RayDaMayor says: Feb 15, 2010 6:02 PM

    Would you rather talk about golf?

  23. Drat says: Feb 15, 2010 6:05 PM

    I’m amazed everyone keeps throwing accolades to Manning. Is this required? Manning lost the game. Simple. Basic. Anyone who knows football knows that he threw a really bad pass with really good coverage and it went for a really legitimate touchdown. Nobody else contributed. It was Manning’s bad. Yes, Williams had his guys study Manning on video. Manning lost that battle.

  24. #1SaintsFan says: Feb 15, 2010 6:13 PM

    I signed up just so I could address gopherb24’s completely idiotic question. We are currently in the down period between the end of the season and the start of free agency/the draft. Tell me, oh wise one, would you prefer Florio and the boys make absolutely no new updates? Better yet, WHAT would you like for them to talk about, pharaoh of football news?

  25. Reptar says: Feb 15, 2010 6:14 PM

    1. gopherb24 says: February 15, 2010 5:15 PM
    WHY are we still talking about the Super Bowl?
    Because it’s the offseason and Florio can get away with telling the world over and over again how much he hates Manning and the Colts without pissing off too many fans of other teams. Because it’s the offseason and all and there’s nothing to really report.

  26. ChillyP says: Feb 15, 2010 6:14 PM

    I think the refs made Peyton panic knowing if he gets cheapshoted by the Saints he wouldn’t get a penalty and could potentially lose his career.

  27. prmpft says: Feb 15, 2010 6:16 PM

    because we CAN – WHO DAT!!!???

  28. GhostofFlorioPast says: Feb 15, 2010 6:16 PM

    “WHY are we still talking about the Super Bowl?”
    Because Olympic Short Track Skating sucks dog balls?

  29. prmpft says: Feb 15, 2010 6:16 PM

    because we CAN – WHO DAT!!!???

  30. vcufan01 says: Feb 15, 2010 6:37 PM

    At least it’s better smack than the Giants who claimed to have “stomped the Pats out” yet had yielded the potential game-winning TD with 3 minutes left.

  31. slipkid says: Feb 15, 2010 6:37 PM

    3-34* says hi to someone very unspecial.

  32. bluestree says: Feb 15, 2010 6:46 PM

    Before you talk about Peyton’s throw or Reggie’s route, you have to appreciate the play that Tracy Porter made. He saw it coming and blew it up in the only way you can. Whether it was pure football instinct, or just a lucky guess we don’t know. His career will tell. But he made one of the great plays in Super Bowl history all on his own, and in his own way. This is one cool customer.

  33. Geaux Saints 78 says: Feb 15, 2010 6:46 PM

    The Colts keep running the same tired ass play, you can only go to the well so many times!

  34. Buck Stallion says: Feb 15, 2010 6:57 PM

    I’m surprised to see that up-downs is not an NFL standard type drill.
    Perhaps teams with sucky defenses should start doing up-downs.

  35. kurtismantronik says: Feb 15, 2010 7:04 PM

    .VoxVeritas says:
    February 15, 2010 5:35 PM
    Tony Romo and his 104 passer rating against them say hi.
    Yeah, congratulations to Tony Romo on his MVP performance in Week15Bowl. Order the bronze so I can get that bust ready for Canton.

  36. SF Saints Fan says: Feb 15, 2010 7:07 PM

    “Tony Romo and his 104 passer rating against them say hi.”
    Would that be the same Tony Romo with a lifetime playoff record of 1-3 and whose only playoff win came against the Eagles led by…….Donovan McNabb?
    Maybe the Cowboys can shine up some of those Lombardi Trophies they won over the years? When was the last one after…….the 1995 season? Since that last Super Bowl the Cowboys are 2-7 in the playoffs. In that same time period the lowly Saints are 5-2 in the playoffs and just won a Super Bowl.
    I respect the Cowboys tradition, (I know about all those trophies….very impressive) but to tout Tony freaking Romo as your savior…..child please.
    See you guys on Thanksgiving in Dallas. Should be fun.

  37. stadanko says: Feb 15, 2010 7:10 PM

    104 passer rating against the Saints 3rd and 4th corner. Great Job. He earned that weekend in Vegas.

  38. vtopa says: Feb 15, 2010 7:16 PM

    Where is Romo and his 104 rating saying hello from exactly? THE GOLF COURSE?

  39. NFL_Bad_Ass says: Feb 15, 2010 7:17 PM

    Why all the praise for the saints ??? Vikings had their number … over 200 more yards in that game .. saints never should of been in super bowl .. vikings are much better of a team and only luck got the saints in the superbowl !!!

  40. edgy1957 says: Feb 15, 2010 7:22 PM

    Here we go again, more Manning apologist throwing Wayne under the bus. Excuses, excuses, excuses. After the mauling in Pittsburgh, Manning throws his OL under the bus and after the Super Bowl, he more subtly threw the rest of the team under the bus (and more overtly, so did Polian). On the other hand, when Carolina accuses Moss of quitting, Tom Brady comes to his defense. That’s the difference between a three time Super Bowl winner and well, Peyton.

  41. Deb says: Feb 15, 2010 7:23 PM

    @GhostofFlorioPast …
    Okay … there is NOTHING in the sports world better than NFL football. Nothing. And NFL and NCAA football is the only organized sport I watch. But I do love the Winter Olympics and Short Track Speed Skating is super cool! Go Apolo & J.T.!!

  42. youngbillbob says: Feb 15, 2010 7:27 PM

    I guess we will see how William’s defense does when opposing offensive lines get fed up with the late hits and start cut blocking. This game ends enough careers with out some low class, dirt bag of a coach teaching cheap shots. The other sad thing is Brees is gonna have to have his head set to full rotate because payback is a bitch. The league needs to levy a heavy fine against any coach who preaches late hits and is stupid enough to say so. Hope it happens as a QB should not have to worry about late hits on a clean play.
    Bottom line though, the Saints won that game, fair and square.

  43. ceetown22 says: Feb 15, 2010 7:30 PM

    downwithdansnyder says: February 15, 2010 5:40 PM
    BUT man I wish the skins had kept him. Another stupid move by Snyder.
    Dude I was just saying the same thing…. one thing I will add, whether or not G. Williams was the reason that Peyton threw that INT, He very much may have been the reason the Saints won the game…. This article just shows you how much respect these guys have for him. I’ve read others as well, where the guys just defer to him. G. Williams should have been given the keys after Gibbs left, it was ridiculous for them to state “we are not rebuilding” then totally & completely change the offense, fire both coordinators and all the while hiring a new HC. Now he would never consider coming back to DC.
    good luck to Shanny!

  44. jeffnkenner says: Feb 15, 2010 7:36 PM

    To Seeyer, DCVikcants and all you other idiots….
    Are you kidding me… Cheap shots, the refs lost it, blah blah.. I am just amazed how EVERY blog with Manning/Colt apologists do everything but credit the Saints.
    What you bunch of sore losers do well though is do everything BUT take responsbility for the Colts being outplayed, outhit, outcoached, outhustled, outgameplanned — and most of all, being beaten by 14 pts fair and square.
    to end.. go back to your igloos, hot chocolate and boring lifes while we celebrate life and hold up proudly out Lombardi Trophy.

  45. scomibord says: Feb 15, 2010 7:36 PM

    bitter, bitter children. Who Dat won dat Superbowl????? Do I have to tell you.
    Where was Homo when he got stomped by the ViQueens???

  46. nps6724 says: Feb 15, 2010 7:42 PM

    What’s funny is if Indy had won, we’d still be on the first 15 minutes of any hour-long porno

  47. TheWizard says: Feb 15, 2010 7:43 PM

    He/it does know it’s a football website, right?

  48. DAS says: Feb 15, 2010 7:49 PM

    Did someone actually bring up Ring-less Romo… LOLZ!!!! Saints win that game 9/10 times… Cowgirls got lucky, and almost lost at the end.

  49. awoods1906 says: Feb 15, 2010 8:16 PM

    Seeryer says:
    …Williams was so masterful that he gave up 475 yards to the Vikings and over 400 to the Colts.
    Allow me to throw a few things at you…
    Peyton Manning Reg Season Rating 99.9 – vs. Saints 88.5
    Brett Favre Reg Season Rating 107.2 – vs. Saints 70
    Kurt Warner Reg Season Rating 93.2 vs. Saints 73.4
    Forget the fact that these three HOF’s were held to a fraction of themselves.
    #20 Arizona Cardinals had 0 Takeaways while the #25 NO had 2
    #6 Minnesota Vikings Def had 1 Takeaway while the #25 NO had 5.
    #18 Indy Colts Def had 0 Takeaways while the #25 NO had 1 pick six.
    You see while I can understand your preoccupation with yardage yielded, you must understand that that is only important with a Def that doesn’t get takeaways. For example, the Vikings can only afford to give up 275 yards as they don’t take the ball away very often. Adding 8 extra possessions (or TD’s) to a team’s postseason creates a champion and Gregg Williams did that.
    Also, for those who made the statement that Peyton made the mistake because he would get hit thanks for proving the point. The whole issue from day one was, hitting a QB causes him to make mistakes, hence Tracy Porter’s rise to stardom (thanks Favre/Manning). the funny part is Manning never got hit.

  50. pft rocks says: Feb 15, 2010 9:10 PM

    I am just glad that Polian got what he deserved. The almighty football genious, he is a cheat, liar and a bully.
    What happened to the blogger who stated Polian was done after this SB to let Chrissie boy ‘take over”!!!

  51. mikebc says: Feb 15, 2010 9:16 PM

    This is why they should leave the BCS alone. Even when the better team wins it on the field in a playoff format. Some jackAS$e$ come back with this “cheapshot, refs cheated, we had the better team” crap. Just face it, the Saints won the SuperBowl by beating good teams on the way. Does that make them the best team, maybe not, but it does make them the Champs.

  52. vtopa says: Feb 15, 2010 9:26 PM

    # NFL_Bad_Ass says: February 15, 2010 7:17 PM
    Why all the praise for the saints ??? Vikings had their number … over 200 more yards in that game .. saints never should of been in super bowl .. vikings are much better of a team and only luck got the saints in the superbowl !!!
    Yeah, Luck and 5 turn-overs you goon.
    I love it when people talk the team that LOST up…woulda coulda shoulda. The Vikings lost to the team that WON the Superbowl. Are you brain dead?

  53. Rip says: Feb 15, 2010 9:33 PM

    Lying, whiney, sore loser queens refuse to admit they got beat.
    Funny, you are. You did have the second best team in the NFL, though. Too bad they don’t give trophies for second best.

  54. vtopa says: Feb 15, 2010 9:36 PM

    Reality is a bitch huh? years of being the NFL’s doormat and then the Saints all out DOMINATE the league. Crushed the Giants, the Pats, Philly…and all the fans of these teams and the Cowgirls can’t deal with it. Total denial. Even after they went 13-0 and destroyed three hall-of-fame QBs (Warner, Favre, Mannig) in the play-offs people want to continue the whine fest. Deal with it already: The New Orleans Saints are the CLASS of the NFL. Period. They have the best QB, best head Coach, best GM, best Fans. The list goes on. The uncapped year will be a total boon for them. They will keep all their restricted AND unrestricted fre agents that they want next year. Oh, by the way…they get back Jamaal Brown AND Charles Grant next year. Get used to seeing them on MNF and in the play-offs year after year after year.
    As for Gregg Williams getting inside Peyton Mannings head? He DID. And it was all in the 2 weeks leading up to the game. All that talk about “remember me” hits weighed on Peyton’s mind because even though they never sacked Manning he was skittish as hell and he made LOTS of bad throws in that game. Gregg Williams was so far in Manning’s head he could smell the guy’s medulla oblongata.

  55. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 15, 2010 10:03 PM

    “See you guys on Thanksgiving in Dallas. Should be fun. ”
    I’m sure it’ll be just as much fun as Thanksgivings usually are for the Cowboys.

  56. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 15, 2010 10:09 PM

    “Did someone actually bring up Ring-less Romo… LOLZ!!!! Saints win that game 9/10 times…”
    No they don’t. The Saints were outplayed on every level in their own house. Admit it. 8 of 15 on 3rd down vs. 1 of 7. You guys are lucky that the Vikes knocked the Cowboys off.

  57. straightup says: Feb 15, 2010 10:19 PM

    To all jackasses”most of you”.
    Gregg Williams did not tell anyone to take cheap shots, he told them to give the opposing team “remember me hits”. If you have ever played football or coached football then you have told or been told to knock the hell out of someone. You are supposed to hit someone every play and make them hurt. If you don’t like the way the SAINTS”SUPERBOWL CHAMPS” hit your QB then stop them.
    If any of you still think the Saints Defense sucks cause they give up to many yards then you should stop playing fantasy football. In real football you don’t get points for every ten yards of passing/running. They play a bend don’t break D. They gamble on D and sometimes it works sometimes they get caught. The great thing is this, the Saints D will only be better next year if we stay healthy.

  58. Little Tommy says: Feb 15, 2010 10:42 PM

    BECAUSE THIS SITE IS PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM!!! What would you like to talk about here…..GOLF???

  59. Treima says: Feb 16, 2010 5:02 AM

    They’ll be better if they don’t hemorrhage free agents or get complacent.
    Believe me, I got to see the same thing happen to my Pats. They won championships, and then they wanted to get PAID.

  60. npina says: Feb 16, 2010 5:36 AM

    vikings fans still think the team with the most yards wins the game.
    I understand. I used to be that person. Damn that Joe Montana beating my saints! But look we had more yards and if we didnt drop the ball here and didnt miss this field goal there …etc etc etc. Now I know what Bear Bryant meant by statistics are for losers.

  61. GirthyOne says: Feb 16, 2010 8:31 AM

    Creating a persona of hitting late or “remember me” hits is something that ever defense should do.
    In this era of “Don’t hit the QB” I was glad to see someone get an ass whipping. However, most teams don’t have an offense that can bail you out like the Saints.
    If your knocking the crap out of opposing QBs makes the other QBs nervous, bravo!

  62. topcide says: Feb 16, 2010 10:40 AM

    .VoxVeritas says:
    February 15, 2010 5:35 PM
    “Williams has transformed the Saints into a defense that can beat any quarterback.”
    Tony Romo and his 104 passer rating against them say hi
    Romo’s superbowol ring looks nice. wait a minute thats right….
    yeah the Saints are so lucky that the vikes knocked the cowboys out, so that would say that the vikings are better than the cowboys, and since the saints beat the vikings, they are better than them.
    Look dude, I know you have to have your angry little cowboys jerkfests on the reg, but go stroke jimmy johnsons lombardis somewhere else. Admit it, Jimmy built those teams, the cowboys will not win another title while massa jerry is to stubborn to realize he is a better business man than a football guy. As long as he is in charge, they will never get a good coach, and continue to fall short.

  63. MyronB says: Feb 16, 2010 11:36 AM

    .Vox Veritas:
    Is that the same Tony Romo that posted a remarkable 66.1 rating in a playoff blowout loss to the Vikings?
    If it is, say “hi” to him for me. That is, if he’s not busy tasting tequila at some Cabo resort or anything.

  64. ErinRodgers says: Feb 16, 2010 6:00 PM

    McCray is a black thug, just like every other animal that lives in NO. He is god awful and nobody would even know who the hell he was had he not pulled some of the cheapest shots I’ve ever seen. I’m sure people around the league have seen the videos too, and I wouldn’t be surprised if McCray gets chop blocked about 20 times a game next year and ends up with a torn up knee. I’m sure he’s extremely intelligent though, so if the NFL ever did fall through he’d have his brain to fall back on. Here’s to hoping theres another hurricane that drowns all you morons that live below sea level!

  65. Deb says: Feb 16, 2010 8:45 PM

    ErinRodgers says:
    February 16, 2010 6:00 PM
    McCray is a black thug, just like every other animal that lives in NO. … I’m sure he’s extremely intelligent though, so if the NFL ever did fall through he’d have his brain to fall back on. Here’s to hoping theres another hurricane that drowns all you morons that live below sea level!
    So you’re an example of superior intellect? YOU? A fool who hates people because of their skin pigmentation and wishes death on thousands because their football team beat yours? You’re just bitter because the call to judge people not by the color of their skin but the content of their character excludes you. It’s obvious that your character is bankrupt.

  66. Deb says: Feb 16, 2010 10:40 PM

    Okay, moderators, so that last comment gets posted, but mine doesn’t? Gee, your discernment is impressive.

  67. MsMSSaintsFan1967+ says: Feb 16, 2010 11:46 PM

    May lightening stoke your house and burn to the ground with every family member inside. Then may a tornado drop from the sky, gather what is left of your house and scatter it to the four winds so you will never know where the bodied of your loved ones are. May your dogs and cats be picked up by strangers and carried off so you never see them again. May you then discover you have no fire/tornado combo coverage, so the insurance will not pay a dime. May you have no more than the clothes on your back for 8 weeks. May you lose EVERYTHING you own and love! Welcome to our world, Jachhole! And may you be surrounded by big black men (thugs in your book) for the next year, never seeing a “familiar” face and may they treat you as the animal you are …. or at least the poor, pethetic human being you seem to be. Have a nice day!

  68. vtopa says: Feb 17, 2010 12:58 AM

    ErinRodgers…ignorant, uneducated, racist coward. How’d you get a computer?

  69. DAS says: Feb 17, 2010 11:37 AM

    .Vox Looks like someone is too busy looking at the world through Blue White & Silver glasses… The Cowgirls clearly wanted the game more than the Saints did. If you guys lost you were out of the playoffs. If the Saints lose, they are still in the hunt for number one seed. Trust me, your lucky the Cowgirls got smoked, and I do mean SMOKED by the ViQueens. Then you wouldn’t have had the only glimmer of a shining moment you guys had this season in your win against the Saints. In the NFC Championship, you get destroyed by said Saints. BTW you had a 21 pt lead going into the 4th. Final score 24-17. You won by seven. But I’ll let you have it. Cause it’s all you’ve got. BOW DOWN to the Champions.

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