Wade Phillips: Gregg Williams audio made me sick

AP

Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been around football for his entire life, and he says he has never heard anything like the recording of Gregg Williams urging his Saints players to hurt players on the 49ers.

Phillips told Sports Radio 610 in Houston that he couldn’t believe his ears when he heard what Williams said in the team meeting.

It made me sick. I just don’t believe in that. It’s something completely against what I believe in. I knew it wasn’t right certainly and I think that’s where you go,” Phillips said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “I’ve been around the NFL for 36 years. We’ve never talked about that and hurting another player.”

For all the talk from Williams’ defenders that what he said isn’t out of the ordinary in an NFL meeting room, there are a whole lot of people who have been in a whole lot of NFL meeting rooms who insist that what Williams said is beyond the pale. Phillips is just the latest.

“That’s not true,” Phillips said. “I’ve never done it, and I’ve never been around a team that did it.”

35 responses to “Wade Phillips: Gregg Williams audio made me sick

  1. I think Williams took it to extremes is all. I’ve never thought of Wade’s D’s as dirty or playing beyond the whistle but there’s no doubt that Williams encourages that style wherever he goes.

  2. “For all the talk from Williams’ defenders that what he said isn’t out of the ordinary in an NFL meeting room, there are a whole lot of people who have been in a whole lot of NFL meeting rooms who insist that what Williams said is beyond the pale. Phillips is just the latest.”

    Because it’s a REALLY smart idea for current coaches to come out and say “Yeah, we talk like that.” Instead, current coaches compete with each other for the “who sounds the most outraged” title while former players say they heard idiot blowhards say stuff like that all the time.

    Second verse, same as the first…

  3. Wade Phillips will be the next coach of the New York Jets. Replace on obese coach with another.

  4. Amazing how if you were born in Louisiana, you think Goodell is setting the Saints up, but if you grew up in any of the other 49 states, you understand that the Saints did everything they are accused of. Must be something in the water down in the bayou.

  5. Ok now can someone please refresh my memory again? Who did the Saints injure again (birds chirping and crickets in the background) That’s what I thought.

  6. But…. but…. but….. the Saints are being railroaded. Everybody does it……It was pay for performance, not injury……. The Saint were in the wrong place at the wrong time……..Williams went rogue……..It was all just a joke.

    Anything else you want to add Saints fans? I’m not sure you can make yourselves look more pathetic than you already do but feel free to give it a shot.

  7. Wade phillips not being about it is one thing. Bum phillips on the other hand.. Bet he had a few pre game speeches that were similar.

    I agree though, i’m not all about the gregg williams thing.

  8. So all those Saints crybabies that say, “Everybody does it,” are wrong. One of the better DC in the league says he was sickened. That means he does not do it and probably no one he knows about does not do it either.

  9. dvdman123 says:May 22, 2012 1:27 PM

    Ok now can someone please refresh my memory again? Who did the Saints injure again (birds chirping and crickets in the background) That’s what I thought.
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    Nobody but themselves. Justice if you ask me.

  10. “Talking about it is not proof that the players actually did it. Neither are numerous vicious late hits, or players crowing about getting money afterwards. The NFL should produce actual proof. On embossed 14th century vellum. Delivered to the bottom of the converted ICBM silo where we’ve build our bunker. If the NFL doesn’t do this, they must be lying.”

    — Diehard Saints fans

  11. “Who did the Saints injure again (birds chirping and crickets in the background)”

    Well, we saw what they did to Favre. Perhaps the chirping birds you hear are the cartoonish ones flying around Kurt Warner’s concussed head.

  12. did we really need this column to know Wade Phillips doesnt believe in playing defense to win? i mean we all saw his Dallas teams didnt we?

  13. Well, we saw what they did to Favre. Perhaps the chirping birds you hear are the cartoonish ones flying around Kurt Warner’s concussed head.
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    Is that why Warner insisted it was a CLEAN hit?

  14. Ok so when the Saints finish 13-3 again this season and win the NFC South what will the haters say then…..Goodell didn’t punish them enough? Come on folks it really is time to let this go now. The Saints without their head coach, assistant head coach and GM and a couple of defensive players are still better then 28 of the other NFL teams.

  15. There is a difference between intentionally tearing down a man’s will to fight and intentionally tearing a man’s ACL, rendering him unable to fight.

    The difference is that you don’t get booted out of the NFL for trying to break your opponents will to win (sometimes referred to as football).

  16. And after that horrific rah rah speech the saints go out and committ ZERO defensive penalties!! Don’t you people think if there was anything suspicious about any of the hits in that game ESPN would have dug it up and aired it for a month straight? After all this is the same company who sent someone down to new Orleans to dig up more dirt. Oh for the record the Warner hit was legal.. He even said so himself..

  17. lbrad413 says:
    May 22, 2012 2:28 PM
    And after that horrific rah rah speech the saints go out and committ ZERO defensive penalties!! Don’t you people think if there was anything suspicious about any of the hits in that game ESPN would have dug it up and aired it for a month straight? After all this is the same company who sent someone down to new Orleans to dig up more dirt. Oh for the record the Warner hit was legal.. He even said so himself…

    So everyone ignored the blowhard Gregg Williams, but he was still instructing them to injure opposing players, and how to do it. The fact that it wasn’t done does absolve the players of a lot of culpability, but not Williams or any other coach. Or is someone going to try and convince me he didn’t really mean what he said? If that’s the case, just ban him forever immediately for being a horrible coach.

  18. WOW I’m SO surprised Phillips is saying he didn’t talk like this or ever talk like this.

    This is big guys, REALLY big.

    Almost as big as Chris Collinsworthless saying that the team trailing has to score more points to win.

    I love how all of these coaches and “offensive” players come out talking about how this stuff never goes on.
    You don’t see too many defensive players acting all high and mighty do you?
    Hum, why not?

    I’ll leave it up to you to figure it out, but don’t hurt yourself, if you think too hard you might need to take a nap and recharge the batteries.

  19. Skittlesareyum

    I am a saints fan and I have no problem with the penalties with the coaches and GM.. You can’t lie to the league over and over.. I get that.. It’s the players who I believe got a raw deal on this.. And I know it’s fun for fans of other teams to pile on but any educated fan from any team should understand our ( saints fans ) frustration with the league when it comes to player punishments

  20. @dvdman…so which teams are better than the Saints. Just trying to confirm your estimation because I came up with 5.

    @lbrad….we as fellow fans understand your frustration as a fanbase, but some of your fellow PFT posting Saints fans have become obnoxious with their rants and their name-calling. Hey. I also wanna see this proof the league has. Bottom line is even a “pay for performance” program is wrong and after being told several times to stop they still didn’t, but if that is all they are guilty of then they’re being punished too harshly. In that case you suspend the DC a little, dock a pick or 2 and fine the franchise. If they did what they’re accused of and ran bounties then they absolutely got off light in my opinion. I hope the league gets wise and releases some proof so we can all, as football fans, move on. 🙂

  21. dvdman123 says:May 22, 2012 2:17 PM

    Ok so when the Saints finish 13-3 again this season and win the NFC South what will the haters say then…..Goodell didn’t punish them enough? Come on folks it really is time to let this go now. The Saints without their head coach, assistant head coach and GM and a couple of defensive players are still better then 28 of the other NFL teams.
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    Is Seattle one of the 3 you’re listing as better than the Saints? If not, you should change that “28” to at least a “27”.q

  22. lolb23 says: May 22, 2012 1:16 PM

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    You’re obsessed with the Saints. We get it. The Saints might not have got in Gore or Kyle Williams’ head, but they sure got in yours!

  23. Just to be clear, the former defensive coordinator for Buddy Ryan says he never heard such talk in his life ?

    The same guy who referred to Buddy Ryan as a mentor says he has never, in his career heard anything like this ?

    And people believe him ?

    I’m not even a Saints fan, and I know he is full of crap on this one………….There are plenty of coaches who could have said this, with credibility, Wade Philips is not one of them, LOL.

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