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Blake Williams emerges in St. Louis

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Despite the fact that the Rams have three former NFL defensive coordinators on the coaching staff, the 27-year-old son of their exiled defensive coordinator continue to inch toward possibly taking the reins of the defense.

As Peter King of SI.com explains it in his most recent Monday Morning Quarterback column, linebackers coach Blake Williams was calling the defensive plays during King’s visit to the team’s practice.

King says that coach Jeff Fisher has yet to decide who’ll call the plays during regular-season games, but giving Blake Williams the opportunity during practice undoubtedly constitutes a test drive for the possibility of doing it during games.

Even more intriguing is the fact that the Rams are shielding Blake Williams from the media; even King couldn’t get an audience with him.

The circumstances will serve onto the intensify speculation that father and son will secretly be working together to come up with game plans and make adjustments and otherwise strategize about football.  It’s a theory that has been making the rounds for several months, especially since the NFL apparently hasn’t placed any restrictions on the ability of father and son to communicate, other than to insist that they talk no football.

“He is not permitted to discuss NFL or Rams-related business with his son,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via email Monday morning regarding Gregg Williams, who is suspended indefinitely and at least for a full year.  But Aiello would go no farther regarding constraints on the duration of phone calls or meetings or whether the situation will be enforced via anything more than the honor system.

“We consider any other aspects of this confidential,” Aiello said.

None of this means there will be violations of the terms of Williams’ suspension.  But one basic reality about the honor system is that it’s only slightly more effective than the rhythm method.

Though there’s a chance that Gregg Williams truly has undergone some sort of epiphany, this is the “kill the head” guy, who lied to the league about the existence of a pay-for-performance/bounty system and brazenly continued to use it.  Unless the meetings and conversations between Gregg and Blake Williams will be electronically monitored, it’s hardly a stretch to think that Gregg will be inclined to sprain the limits of his suspension.

That said, the Rams may not need Gregg Williams’ input.  By all indications, Blake Williams is the real deal.

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9 Responses to “Blake Williams emerges in St. Louis”
  1. cali49er707 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:27 PM

    Ohh what a coincidence!! Im sure Blake wont be looking at tape or game planning at all with daddy!! LOOPHOLE!!!!

  2. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Aug 20, 2012 9:47 PM

    And now St louis, his son will continue his evil doings

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 20, 2012 10:25 PM

    What’s wrong with the rhythm method?

    - Antonio Cromartie

  4. couldntthinkofaname says: Aug 20, 2012 11:03 PM

    Even if he isn’t talking to his dad……c’mon Fisher. Really? It looks horrible. Just let McGinnis or another staffer run the defense.

  5. DiscountMescan says: Aug 20, 2012 11:11 PM

    Is he Jango Fett or Bobba Fett?

  6. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 20, 2012 11:11 PM

    “Son of Bounty.”

  7. kingcarlbanks says: Aug 21, 2012 6:39 AM

    The NFL front office is hilarious. Trying to dictate what a father and son can discuss. Unless they bug their phones and follow them 24/7, gonna be impossible to enforce. Im thinking Captain Heat Jr’s defense is gonna look alot like dads…

  8. mmeta says: Aug 21, 2012 12:48 PM

    Why isn’t Blake suspended? Do you really think the son didn’t know what daddy was saying or doing? Do you think a defensive coach would be in the defensive meeting? Please!!!! give me a break!!!

  9. Ram says: Aug 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    So mmeta, should we just suspend everybody that had any association with Greg Williams at any point in time in New Orleans? Your approach seems to be GUILTY, until proven innocent!

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