As the 2010 regular-season opener approaches, the most important coach involved with the Vikings-Saints game isn’t a head coach. The key coaching figure for the rematch of the 2009 NFC title game will be Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
He designed in January a blitz-heavy defensive game plan that battered and bruised, badly, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Williams then vowed after the game to do the same thing to Colts quarterback Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl.
More recently, Williams have promised to “send messages” to “every offense” regarding the physicality of the Saints’ defense — and that the messages “start with No. 4.”
Vikings coach Brad Childress teed off on the Saints on Sunday, complaining that some of the hits on Favre were dirty. Per Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Williams was due to meet with the media on Monday, but the team delayed the session to Wednesday, citing a “scheduling change.”
Maybe Williams simply couldn’t talk due to a mouthful of sand, peanut butter, and/or crackers.
Talking instead on Monday was safety Darren Sharper, who won’t be playing in the game due to a lingering knee injury. “I don’t think [Childress] knows how to do gamesmanship,” Sharper said, per Murphy. “I
think it’s just someone that’s bitter because they lost a game they
wanted to win.”
Other Saints players denied trying to hurt Favre the last time they played.
Still, with a growing perception that Favre is getting closer and closer to the point at which something on his body will break, we think that the Saints and every other team on the Minnesota schedule will try to be the team that ends Favre’s historic streak of consecutive starts — and that also ends the Super Bowl hopes of the 2010 Vikings.