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Gregg Williams won't change approach to attacking Vikings

So after a bit of a delay, Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams met with the assembled media down here in New Orleans Wednesday.  (He also talked to the folks pretending to be media like myself.)

Williams was inevitably asked about Brad Childress’ complaints about the Saints’ defensive style, but made no apologies for the team’s approach. 

“The number one criteria here when I was hired here was changing the attitude of the defense,” Williams said. “Our players are going to play hard.  They are always going to play
hard.  And if they don’t play hard they are going to stand by me.”

Williams cited Buddy Ryan as his biggest influence schematically.  We’d love to see Williams get another head coaching job not only because of his aggressive schemes, but because of his Ryan-like confidence and quotes. 

“If you go back to wherever I’ve been, I’ve had some of the most dominant defenses ever to play in the NFL,” Williams said.

So, yeah.  He’s pretty convinced his approach works.  And if you hire Gregg Williams, you know what you are getting.

“I’m one of those coaches that has enough stroke in the league that the reason the owners hire me is they can’t coach the team,” Williams said.  “When he wants to coach the team, he can coach the team.  But if [my players] don’t play a certain way, they can stand by me.”

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  1. ViqueenTears says: Sep 8, 2010 2:44 PM

    He shouldn’t…everyone else but the bitter, cry baby viqueens know that the saints simply play hard nosed football. Not one of the other 15 opponents the Saints beat last year complained about the Saints’ defense except for the whinny ass viqueens…they are the only ones…pathetic!

  2. petro says: Sep 8, 2010 2:48 PM

    That’s right Gregg, you are a pretender. You are definitely not in the media. You’re a blogger. Remember that.

  3. The Real Shuxion says: Sep 8, 2010 2:50 PM

    Why isn’t there a weekly picks football pool for everyone in PFT to join?
    Would that not kick ass?
    The winner can have a crown next to their name and be called King Douche 2010 and refer to everyone else as “My douche peasants.”
    You know what, I may make one, and you all will join…. ALL OF YOU!!!!!!
    *Stroking beard in evil way

  4. puckhoo says: Sep 8, 2010 2:52 PM

    You can call it bitter crybaby tactics all you like, but so much attention has been brought to the hits on Favre that the yellow hankies will be flying if he gets breathed on the wrong way tomorrow night. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

  5. Ross says: Sep 8, 2010 2:52 PM

    Ehhhhh. I wouldn’t say his Jacksonville defense was particularly dominant and his Bills head coaching stint was unarguably a disaster.

  6. bayou says: Sep 8, 2010 2:52 PM

    Does Chilly forget this is a contact sport? I don’t hear any crying when Allen hits someone a little late or low, or Farve tries to take someones knees out in his second preseason game last year. I believe they were fined pretty good for that year before last. How about asking the offensive line to block, that way Farve can’t get hit at all. If Mckinney looks like a revolving door again Thursday night, blame him, not the Saints players.

  7. Jeff0621 says: Sep 8, 2010 2:52 PM

    Geez – this guy isn’t that stupid is he?
    His defense gave up close to 600 yards last time and almost lost the game! But i guess the glare of the Super Bowl trophy erases those memories

  8. wide right says: Sep 8, 2010 2:52 PM

    “If you go back to wherever I’ve been, I’ve had some of the most dominant defenses ever to play in the NFL,” Williams said.
    When he came to Buffalo he took Wade Philips’ consistently top five defense and made it middle-of-the-pack.
    Guy is an over-rated blowhard.

  9. BuckyBadger says: Sep 8, 2010 2:55 PM

    Sounds like someone is pushing for a head coaching job next year and there is nothing wrong with that.

  10. CHIEF ZEE says: Sep 8, 2010 2:57 PM

    Williams is much smarter than Rex Ryan…please don’t compare the two ever again.

  11. slutnuts says: Sep 8, 2010 2:58 PM

    the guy is a great d-coordinator, but is an absolute deer in the headlights head coach

  12. PerryMason says: Sep 8, 2010 2:58 PM

    OK Williams, you smug bastard, your time is up. The NFL allowed your cheating ways out of pity for what happened with Katrina. They threw you a bone you cheating dog.
    This year the NFL’s goal is to let Brett Favre go out on top. All the calls will be going the Vikings way.

  13. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 8, 2010 2:58 PM

    Vikings had 12 roughing the passer penalties last season. They play dirty.

  14. Really!! says: Sep 8, 2010 2:59 PM

    Seriously, The Saints were at the bottom of the NFL for years. They were jokes, they wore bags on their heads. For one year they play defense and all of a sudden they are a hard nosed football team. Get Real, Tears. You’re pathetic

  15. Spungy says: Sep 8, 2010 2:59 PM

    The 20 million for one quarter of Favre is going to make Antonio Bryant’s 8 million for one practice look like a good deal.

  16. dcsween says: Sep 8, 2010 2:59 PM

    “I’m one of those coaches that has enough stroke in the league that the reason the owners hire me is they can’t coach the team,” Williams said. “When he wants to coach the team, he can coach the team. …”
    This is a swipe at Dan Snyder … and I’m fully on board with taking swipes at Dan Snyder.

  17. Canned Gravy says: Sep 8, 2010 3:02 PM

    He will be coaching somewhere again shortly.
    Don’t be surprised if Jerry Jones loses his marbles by mid-season and scraps that lard ass he’s got in Big D for this guy.

  18. VikesNut says: Sep 8, 2010 3:05 PM

    Williams will have his day… And it happens to be TOMORROW!!!!!!!! Can’t wait to see him hide in the corner when the rest of the team is whining about the Vikings dirty play and that their QB is out for the season because of it!
    Like I said,, he will have his day..and the players and fans will wish he woulda shut his big mouth. Good luck Mr. Williams. You’re putting your QB at risk because of your fat mouth!

  19. toddm6d says: Sep 8, 2010 3:06 PM

    There’s only two snaps I look forward to hearing tomorrow night:
    The snap of the ball.
    and the snap of Brees’ leg under the pile.
    Let’s hear it for the Madden Curse striking early in the second quarter.

  20. Ruvell100 says: Sep 8, 2010 3:06 PM

    Gregg may want to change his tune. Vikings fans are known for being knowledgable (and loyal) and according to them, it is dirty and illegal to hit the quarterback. I just hope the Saints don’t think they can get away with hitting and tackling the opponents every week, or it’s bound to come back and bite them. You can’t just go out and tackle Brett Favre and get away with it.

  21. Crigs says: Sep 8, 2010 3:06 PM

    The Vikings defensive line is known as one of the dirtiest, if not the dirtiest, d-line in the entire league. I love how they’re crying about the Saints.
    The fact of the matter is if the Vikings beat the Saints tomorrow the fans will guarantee that they will win the Super Bowl this season and that they have the best team ever created. If the Saints beat the Vikings, the Vikings fans will complain that either the refs blew it because of Katrina and the oil spill or the Vikings beat themselves and not vice versa. Turnovers are part of the game. The team that wins the turnover battle usually wins because they did a better job. Don’t let that be an excuse if you lose my Viqueen fans.

  22. Who is Mike Jones says: Sep 8, 2010 3:07 PM

    Everyone knows that the Saints are not the most talented defensive unit in the league but they are coached to strip the ball carrier and play a physical brand of football. Offenses will pinch the gaps and rack up passing and ground yards each week, but GW coaches takeaways and his players execute well.
    The D-Line is better with little depth and cannot afford injury.
    The linebacker group is shaky especially if Vilma is not 100%.
    The D-Backs will remain solid and Jenkins is the wild card.
    I don’t know if the Saints will reach the Super Bowl again this year, but I assure you they will remain OPPORTUNISTIC.

  23. Lucky5927 says: Sep 8, 2010 3:08 PM

    Well, the Vikings did nothing to improve the offensive line and blocking schemes this offseason. In fact one can argue they lost something with John Sullivan’s injury and Artis Hicks leaving. Then you add in the 2nd most blitzing team in the league last season and you have no reason to change. Vikings MUST control the clock with the running game and then use playaction and screens to offset the blitzes. Not having a reliable back up (Who can catch the ball out of the backfield) to Peterson to spell him could prove to be a problem.

  24. Jack in the Jack says: Sep 8, 2010 3:13 PM

    Just look what he did for the Jaguars!? lol

  25. MNFANINAZ says: Sep 8, 2010 3:13 PM

    thats nice… if it wasnt for AP’s fumbles and Favres INT’s the vikes would have blown out the AINTS… expect 700 yards and 30 + points on the saints.

  26. VikingsPrincess says: Sep 8, 2010 3:14 PM

    Gregg can bring the blitzes. Favre sees opportunity in them. 485 yards in offense and holding the Saints to more than 100 yards under their average offense shows who the dominant defense was in that game.

  27. Nosredna says: Sep 8, 2010 3:14 PM

    I hope he has the exact same gameplan as he did last year……Favre and company shredded that Defence and it will be pretty easy to do it again this year!
    ___________________________
    PerryMason says: September 8, 2010 2:58 PM
    OK Williams, you smug bastard, your time is up. The NFL allowed your cheating ways out of pity for what happened with Katrina. They threw you a bone you cheating dog.
    This year the NFL’s goal is to let Brett Favre go out on top. All the calls will be going the Vikings way.
    _________________________________
    I can’t speak for other Vikings fans, but I would rather the Vikings make it and win the Super Bowl on their ability, not on phantom calls made by refs. 0-5 is better IMO than to be given the trophy!

  28. Da Vikes says: Sep 8, 2010 3:15 PM

    ViQueen Tears,
    You can’t even compare any of the games to that one, Even my friends that are not Vikings fans complained about it…
    You are pathetic !!! Who’s your team loser lol…
    Too ashamed to say it…

  29. Ilovefoolsball says: Sep 8, 2010 3:19 PM

    Gregg will keep bringing the wood. It’s comforting knowing that when a defensive player messes up he has a coach that will get on his ass and work to correct those mistakes.
    Unlike in Minnesota where if Chilly tries to correct a player they’ll say “SHUT UP BRAD!”

  30. Halasfan says: Sep 8, 2010 3:23 PM

    Chief Zee, they were talking about James David “Buddy” Ryan, Rex’s dad. Look up Buddy he was a pretty good coach.
    They wanted him as head Coach of the Bears when Mike Ditka was hired instead. They sort of butted heads. After the Super Bowl we went to Head Coach the Eagles.

  31. BigBear123 says: Sep 8, 2010 3:25 PM

    MNFANINAZ says:
    September 8, 2010 3:13 PM
    thats nice… if it wasnt for AP’s fumbles and Favres INT’s the vikes would have blown out the AINTS… expect 700 yards and 30 + points on the saints.
    ——-
    And the Saints will still win by 10 due to 5 turnovers.

  32. ViqueenTears says: Sep 8, 2010 3:27 PM

    My team plays in New Orleans smart guy…can’t tell? ONLY VIQUEEN GOONS CRY ABOUT THE SAINTS DEFENSE! No one else you goon…except maybe your friends…okay, DaVike’s friends are pussies too!

  33. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 8, 2010 3:28 PM

    MNFANINAZ says:
    September 8, 2010 3:13 PM
    thats nice… if it wasnt for AP’s fumbles and Favres INT’s the vikes would have blown out the AINTS… expect 700 yards and 30 + points on the saints.
    ————————————————–
    If it wasn’t for…you know…the final score and what not…

  34. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 8, 2010 3:33 PM

    Really!! says:
    September 8, 2010 2:59 PM
    Seriously, The Saints were at the bottom of the NFL for years. They were jokes, they wore bags on their heads. For one year they play defense and all of a sudden they are a hard nosed football team. Get Real, Tears. You’re pathetic
    ————————————————–
    You really don’t know anything about football…do you?

  35. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 8, 2010 3:34 PM

    “I can’t speak for other Vikings fans, but I would rather the Vikings make it and win the Super Bowl on their ability, not on phantom calls made by refs. 0-5 is better IMO than to be given the trophy!”
    ————————————————-
    Riiiiiiight. This is by far the DUMBEST thing I’ve read all day. Congrats, you’re officially a delusional Vikings fan.

  36. antalicus says: Sep 8, 2010 3:36 PM

    If their defense plays the same and Minnesota doesn’t fumble, the game will end with a devastating loss by the Saints.

  37. KingOkra says: Sep 8, 2010 3:41 PM

    The Real Shuxion…classic. Now that is some quality stuff right there. I used to think of you as King Douche. I still do, but in a good, respectful way now.
    As for you belly-aching Viking fans, get the f over it already. You’re living in the past, and as we all know, the past if a horrible place to live if you’re a Vikings fan. Move on, the game is over; last season is over. Joe Kapp is no longer your quarterback and Bud Grant is long gone. I think Alan Page is in jail, an asylum, or something. Anyway, come back to the present. We miss you.

  38. PurplePeopleBeaters says: Sep 8, 2010 3:50 PM

    antalicus says:
    September 8, 2010 3:36 PM
    If their defense plays the same and Minnesota doesn’t fumble, the game will end with a devastating loss by the Saints.
    ———————————————-
    If the Saints score more points, they’ll win.

  39. dcsween says: Sep 8, 2010 4:03 PM

    Ripping on Williams’ time with the Jaguars? The Jags just gave him a desk, a phone, and place to hang out on game day. Del Rio calls the defenses (did before Williams arrived, while Williams was there, and still does) and Snyder paid Williams (and is still paying). Laughing at Williams in Jacksonville is like, well, Jacksonville.

  40. jwstick says: Sep 8, 2010 4:10 PM

    Facts:
    The New Orleans Saints are World Champions.
    The Vikings are girly, wussy, losers.
    Tomorrow night in the Superdome the World Champion Saints will beat the girly Vikes stupid!

  41. Hauschild says: Sep 8, 2010 4:19 PM

    The Saints defense certainly wasn’t great in this past NFCCG, at least in pass defense – Favre absolutely shredded that defense.
    I’m not quite certain people that watch football really pay much attention.
    I’m looking forward to post-game commenting this Thursday nite – gonna be a LOT of surprised people, that shouldn’t really be surprised.

  42. sand0 says: Sep 8, 2010 4:20 PM

    The Vikings want the Saints to play aggressively. We respect hard hitting. We just ask that they don’t throw illegal hits at the head and below the knees…again over and over. Otherwise it may have to be reciprocated.

  43. Vee says: Sep 8, 2010 4:21 PM

    MNFANINAZ says:
    … if it wasnt for AP’s fumbles and Favres INT’s the vikes would have blown out the AINTS…
    ========
    If? If? You dummy, that’s like saying, “If I looked like Tom Cruse, I’d be a movie star” How stupid!
    Deal with reality and facts, not “if’s” that never happened: the Vikings lost the all important battle of turnovers, which negated everything else they did well. AND, all but one of those turnovers are directly attributable to the Saints aggressive defense which stripped the ball from the runners, and intercepted the ball from the QB – repeatedly.
    So who was the better team? The team that created the turnovers, which won the game.
    That’d be the Saints.

  44. Jackson says: Sep 8, 2010 4:25 PM

    The Vikings tears taste delicious

  45. Vee says: Sep 8, 2010 4:35 PM

    Do any Vikings fans realize Brees didn’t get that many yards in last year’s victorious NFC ‘ship game b/c the Saints special teams did such a good job giving the offense a short field to work from all night long? And conversely, the Vikings piled up a bunch of meaningless yards b/c the Saints special teams did a great job of putting the Vikings in long field position all night long – and they generally play a “bend but don’t break” type of Defensive style anyway?
    Probably not b/c they seem to all be delusional.

  46. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 8, 2010 4:39 PM

    I can’t f@cking wait for the game! I know many in the Viking org. and I can tell you this…..fight fire with fire is the Vikings rally cry for tom. Remember how the Vikes crushed Dallas last year? They are bringing a whole new can of whoop ass to the FEMA Dome…..bet your ass on it!!

  47. Monctonviking says: Sep 8, 2010 4:47 PM

    I love how you see it has childress complaining about the illegal hits
    Go back watch the tape and tell me those hits shouldn’t have been called
    If the saints can do it the vikes should be allowed to as well
    send out a third stringer to smash well after the whistle is what i have done/do if the refs relaxe the rules
    I am off topic a little ..what call complaining if I were a head coach I would be worried about refs allowing the other team to illegal hit and injure my QB unless my QB was tom brady the league would invent special rules just for him

  48. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 8, 2010 4:49 PM

    Chilly kicks cajun ass…and wrestles alligators….you are all pussies Saints douchers….

  49. LowVoltage says: Sep 8, 2010 4:49 PM

    I like the movie humor of throwing a ball toward the sidelines where Williams is standing and have a RB and TE converge on the ball and Williams! WHAM!!!! big mouth.

  50. pkrlvr says: Sep 8, 2010 4:50 PM

    No viqueentears, what’s pathetic is you trolling any post that has any viking content so that you can post inane, pointless drivel. Get a life!

  51. Cannon says: Sep 8, 2010 5:06 PM

    Gregg Williams has been a great coach for years and has good reason to be confident in his team but there is no way that the Aints will take the same amount of shots on Favre that they did in the NFC Championship. The game doesn’t mean as much and they know the league is watching how they play him. The NFL issued an apology about the officiating in that game and that is why you still see as many bitter Vikings fans posts as you do today. The NFL has since put an official behind the quarterback to monitor such hits and even changed the overtime rule as a result of the game. Vikings fans have good reason to be upset and Saints fans have good reason to be happy. Lets stop the trash talk and see what our teams do on the field. p.s. Skol on you mo fo’s.

  52. blackngold504 says: Sep 8, 2010 5:12 PM

    Vikqueens fans please shut up with all that crying. If, if was a fifth we would all be drunk, so please zip it with all the excuses. i.e the saints d played dirty, they gave yall the super bowl bc of katrina, if a.p wouldn’t have fumbled so much, the refs blew calls in ot, we had more yards on offense. What about Super Bretts int at the end of the 4 quarter? I bet the comish told Super Brett to throw that pick. And before I forget yall didn’t hit Drew Brees at all that night. So with that said bow down and kiss our rings

  53. ViqueenTears says: Sep 8, 2010 5:13 PM

    pkrlvr…are you crying, whinning and kicking your feet right now? Are you wearing your silly little viqueen horn hat? If not, you sure do sound like a queen fan…silly goon!

  54. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 8, 2010 5:18 PM

    Sharper is gone.
    McCray is unemployed.
    And the Vikings have revenge on the mind for last years cheap shots.
    Let the Madden Curse strike in game 1.
    Pat and Kevin will be called the Dermatology Bros. after tomorrow night….for finally wiping that amoeba off Bree’s detached face….

  55. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 8, 2010 5:20 PM

    Jackson says:
    September 8, 2010 4:25 PM
    The Vikings tears taste delicious
    ————————————————–
    ah…dude….those are not tears, Favre just shot a load on you….

  56. Ilovefoolsball says: Sep 8, 2010 6:19 PM

    # VikingsPrincess says: September 8, 2010 3:14 PM
    Gregg can bring the blitzes. Favre sees opportunity in them. 485 yards in offense and holding the Saints to more than 100 yards under their average offense shows who the dominant defense was in that game.
    ———–
    you do realize that the saints put up so little yards because your precious vikings KEPT COUGHING UP THE BALL giving the Saints a short field ya? Gregg will bring the blitzes, and #4 will get the brunt of it.
    On the other side of the ball you better not even think about bringing the blitzes against the #1 NFL QB vs the blitz with that ragtag secondary.
    _______________
    # Pervy *Harvin says: September 8, 2010 4:49 PM
    Chilly kicks cajun ass…and wrestles alligators….you are all pussies Saints douchers….
    _______________
    BRILLIANT! Let’s see, Childress can’t even stand up to his own players, gets berated privately by them, publicly whines about defensive players hitting his quarterback too hard, makes his coaches tell lies to the media because he can’t stand up to them, couldn’t beat the bears to clinch homefield advantage, can’t count to 12, and he lost to the Saints last year.
    I believe he does everything you mentioned in your dreams ‘mam (again it doesn’t matter if you were born with male reproductive organs, we all know your a girl born with glitter in your veins at heart)
    Those sweet, sweet dreams where the vikings have won a superbowl and Lord Favre doesn’t throw interceptions at the worst possible time.
    No wonder when you wake up in the morning your mom tells you that you have to change your undies, hmmph.
    oh and as far as your “pussy saint doucher” comment, I’d put money on any New Orleans native whipping the snot out of any Minnesota native ANY DAY!

  57. mikemcsaint says: Sep 8, 2010 6:45 PM

    Pervy, have you found the rock your going to live under if the Saints win? Because I know your coward ass won’t be on this site.
    How’s Sidney Rice by the way? or Cedric Griffin?

  58. whodaywhodat says: Sep 8, 2010 7:37 PM

    “………a blitz-heavy defensive game plan that battered and bruised, badly, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.” Can’t disagree with you anymore Florio!!
    http://www .youtube.com/watch?v =ncPSbDPpYwY
    Still feel bad for Favre???

  59. Pervy *Harvin says: Sep 8, 2010 8:01 PM

    Ilovefoolsball says: oh and as far as your “pussy saint doucher” comment, I’d put money on any New Orleans native whipping the snot out of any Minnesota native ANY DAY!
    ————————————————–
    LMAO…thanks for the laugh doucher….yah, like any of you tools have a chance of kicking my ass…or Brock Lesnars…..
    mikemcfatass…..I will be here after we win. Real men don’t hide…..

  60. bruce campbells chainsaw hand says: Sep 8, 2010 8:45 PM

    Pervy *Harvin –
    You’re one of the few Viking fans on here I actually respect, because I think you know what you’re talking about and you take the hit if you’re wrong. Also, I live in Minneapolis and you act like a lot of my Viking fan buddies. That said, the Saints are gonna win, not because they’ll play better, but because AD is gonna fumble and Brett is gonna throw picks. Last year is over, this year the Vikings come back to reality. And I hate to admit it as a Packer fan, but they should’ve won that game last year. I hope Thursday night lives up to the hype.

  61. mikemcsaint says: Sep 8, 2010 8:54 PM

    Perv, I’m 5’9″ and weigh 176lbs and have 8.6% body fat. I’m not much but hot bags of air like you are usually just that. Sort of like the Vikings, a lot of talk for 50 years of failure. And you use Brock Lesnar. Yeah is he the best athlete in the history of your state. Let’s see, he wasn’t good enough to play major college football, couldn’t cut it in the WWE, couldn’t cut it in the NFL, so now he’s in UFC. Great reprsentative of Minnesota. And boy that term doucher, how clever you are. When you get out of 3rd grade let us know

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