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Gregg Williams says talk that he stole a playbook is “a joke”

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A couple of weeks ago, former NFL defensive end Renaldo Wynn raised some eyebrows when he said that his former coach Gregg Williams told him that the Titans had the Jaguars’ playbook and used it to prepare to beat the Jaguars in the 1999 AFC Championship Game. Wynn later backtracked on that claim, and now Williams is saying the whole thing is ridiculous.

At his introductory press conference as defensive coordinator of the Rams, Williams said there was nothing to Wynn’s comments.

“That was really a joke story,” Williams said. “That was a joke, to me.”

Williams did say, however, that he compares notes on playbooks from around the league with other coaches, and that he has a large collection of old playbooks.

“I do collect playbooks,” Williams said. “I love to see what other people call a term that you use.”

But Williams said that coaches can glean all the information they need from tape study.

“We understand football and don’t need anybody else’s playbooks,” Williams said.

Williams may not have stolen anyone’s playbook, but his suggestion that there would be no benefit from having another team’s playbook seems farfetched. After all, there’s a reason that Williams isn’t going to post the Rams’ defensive playbook on the team’s website.

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8 Responses to “Gregg Williams says talk that he stole a playbook is “a joke””
  1. thevikesarebest says: Feb 13, 2014 1:05 PM

    The packers and shehawks are a joke.

  2. fumblenuts says: Feb 13, 2014 1:07 PM

    “I do collect playbooks,” Williams said. “I love to see what other people call a term that you use.”

    “Kill the Head”……nuff’ said.

  3. nolahxc says: Feb 13, 2014 1:28 PM

    You’re a joke, Gregg.

  4. electricboogalo says: Feb 13, 2014 2:35 PM

    Seems like a trustworthy guy with solid sportsmanship.

  5. dakingsocrownme says: Feb 13, 2014 4:01 PM

    Nah i think he has a point.

    Lombardi left from the Saints and went to detroit and will basically be installing the Saints playbook….

    Doesn’t mean it gives the Lions an advantage.

    FB is situational anyway. No guarantee a team is going to use a set of plays when gameday comes so as a Defense you would need to study the ENTIRE playbook leading up to a game on top of knowing the checks@the line of scrimmage AND lets not talk about PERSONEL and what one guy is capable of doing vs another guy in the same scheme.

    Too much

    Let it go.

  6. mrlaloosh says: Feb 13, 2014 5:09 PM

    Gregg, please redact the word “Bounty” from your collection of play books. Loser.

  7. computojon says: Feb 13, 2014 5:28 PM

    I’m glad they hired Gregg Williams. I’m looking forward to challenging the Seahawks and 49ers in the NFC West.

  8. minnesnowda says: Feb 13, 2014 5:41 PM

    Gregg thinks that injuring the opposing players is the best way to win.

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