Gregg Williams Will Have His Hands Full With Peyton Manning

January 27, 2010 – 9:15 am by Zach Krantz

I am sure when all the stories start coming out in the next 10 days or so on everything that has to do with the two Super Bowl teams this one will be one of interest. Sean Payton took a $250,000 pay cut to make the Saints better this year. It might have been the best thing he has ever done as a coach. Now you’re asking yourself, what the heck did he do with that money? He sacrificed it to hire Gregg Williams to be his Defensive Coordinator. What Payton has gotten in return is priceless. I know it’s a cliché but one that will be talked about over and over again in the next two weeks. The Saints have had one of the best offenses in the NFL the last two seasons, but couldn’t make the playoffs. That could be because of the below average defense they had. In comes Williams. The defense isn’t the best in the NFL, but when you have the offense they have, even just an above average defense can be the thing that takes them over the top and maybe a Super Bowl ring.

The key word for this defense this season has been turnovers. They made the case for that in the game against the Vikings last week, five turnovers my friend. That’s right five. They have a tough challenge coming up in the big game, his name is Peyton Manning and he might be the best to ever play his position. Here is the main event folks, Manning and that Colt offense versus Williams and the Saints defense, who ya got? If the Saints can use that turnover motto in their favor, I like the Saints in this one. If Peyton has his way, it will be a long plane ride back to the Bayou for the Saints.

Gregg Williams joined WGFX in Tennessee and taked about the big win in the NFC Championship game, planning for the Super Bowl, and planning and playing against a guy like Peyton Manning.

Asked about being maybe the first coordinator to knock out three straight future Hall of Famers in this year’s playoffs so far:

“I sure hope so and I am not going to apologize for it either. You kill the head and the body will die. That’s usually how it goes, you hit the quarterback and the whole team feels it. We are hoping to continue it this week. You know this guy (Peyton Manning) has a great clock in his head. The big thing is he throws the ball so early that we are going to have to do a good job of finding ways to get to him. And when we do get to him, we are going to make sure to have a couple of remember me shots on him when we get there.”

Asked how difficult it is to scheme Peyton Manning and get ready for him:

“Every year, every game is different and every series is different. I do believe that the more information you are able to collect on people, on styles of offenses, it’s helpful. All those years going against him is helpful for me, but more importantly I can reduce the clutter for our players because you don’t chase ghosts. Because I understand what he is and what he wants to do. He is such a tremendous football player on how he throws the tight throws in, he makes you be exact. One of the real positives I have to say is that’s our every day routine down here. When you are playing against in practice as good as a quarterback as Drew Brees is, it forces you to be more exact, it forces you play at a higher level of practice. To be quite truthful, the biggest thing I had to overcome when I came here was to get ready the scout team that was here defensively. Sean Payton and I are very, very good friends, but usually offensive head coaches really don’t know what I do anyway. They want their defenses to be scout team defenses throughout practices and make themselves look good and I am not buying into that crap. I am telling you that right now. We had to get our defense to understand that when we are going out to practice every day, we are going out to win every single period and every single play. So we went through OTA, mini-camps and training camp and just kicked the crap out of our offense every single day. It really made our offense better. They had to defend themselves against us and it made us better and it gave us more confidence playing against somebody of that character and high profile like Drew Brees is. I am hoping that will carry over into having to play the tight throws like Peyton Manning’s. It’s going to be an interesting chess match; our guys are going to play hard I know that.”

Listen to Gregg Williams on WGFX in Tennessee

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  1. 24 Responses to “Gregg Williams Will Have His Hands Full With Peyton Manning”

  2. As much as I can understand right now, I think you’re right!

    By Hungover Guy on Jan 27, 2010

  3. What a game defensively for the Saints. Greg Williams had the defense motivated to play and take the QB out of the game. I fear for the Colts because I know Greg Williams will have an even tougher game plan for the them.


    By SaintsFan on Jan 27, 2010

  4. Gregg will come with a great defense plan for his boys against Peyton. Everybody is talking about Peyton this, Peyton that, and the Saints can’t do this or can’t do that against him. Well, say what you want experts and critics, Feb.7 will definitely be a showdown. And it will be the Saints defense that will allow our team to bring the trophy home. Although Peyton is our homeboy, we are going against him on this one. We didn’t spare Eli in regular season and we sure won’t spare Peyton in the SB. Be warn, Peyton Manning, because it will be nothing nice. You will go down and that’s a promise.

    By Pegasus on Jan 27, 2010

  5. The thing about our Saints, is we very rarely run the same schemes two games in a row. Our offense can come out one game, and be in i-formation, or double tight end form., and the next there is no one in the backfield. Same goes for our defense. There are plays, drawn up, that we’ve never seen just for games like this. I feel sorry for Colts defense…there are more than 100 plays they have to plan for and that’s if Payton didn’t go back to the drawin board! WHO DAT!!!

    By Jennifer on Jan 27, 2010

  6. Bring it on, Peyton! I can’t wait for this game. We already took major hits on 2 HOF that almost wiped them out of the game (Warner and Favre)and you’re next, Manning. And Tom Brady is another great qb but he wasn’t no match for our defense nor offense…just ask him. Everybody watching that game saw that he and Moss couldn’t take it anymore with 5 min left in the game. Be warned!

    By Pegasus on Jan 27, 2010

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    By Bill on Jan 27, 2010

  8. Love your team, Brees is great. Can’t wait til 44. But, William’s game plan is no different than most of the opponents to ever play the Colts. Ravens for years, Rex Ryan 5 times, ad infinitum. Manning is an analyst in cleats. And focusing on the “big hits” will burn the Saints.

    By KingofColts on Jan 27, 2010

  9. how sad that a nobody like mccray and a punk like williams should combine for the cheapest of cheap shots on kurt warner – perhaps influencing his retirement decision. they did the same on favre – with a high-low cheapie that featured mccray going for his knees. …

    “I sure hope so and I am not going to apologize for it either. You kill the head and the body will die. That’s usually how it goes, you hit the quarterback and the whole team feels it. We are hoping to continue it this week.”

    will he feel the same way if someone on the colts reads his comments and decides to target drew brees for williams-style cheap-shot “kills”? better yet, why not have all the defensive coordinators adopt williams’ philosophy. then eliminate the ruffing the passer penalties and just put bull’s eye targets on the qb’s jerseys? lets have the games decided by who knocks out the most qb’s. that would eliminate all that boring passing. games can be decided purely by who inflicts the most injuries – sort of like pro wrestling but with real injuries.

    By photonvobis on Jan 27, 2010

  10. Why don’t we just find idiots who can’t spell “roughing” correctly spewing garbage? What a loser. 99% of fans would want their defensive coordinator to say exactly what Williams said. I wish he was our defensive coordinator. Good luck Saint’s fans! I’m so friggin tired of having Payton Manning shoved down our throats on SportsCenter everyday. You’d think the guy was Jesus in cleats or something. I hope you guys give him a beating. Watch out for the Niners next year!

    By 49er4Life on Jan 27, 2010

  11. photovobis; Other than not being able to spell and having no clue what you are talking about why are you commenting on this board? Defensive Lines are built for one thing and one thing only… To knock QB’s to the ground. Get a life homeboy because you are in desperate need of one. Ask Favre or Warner what they’d expect from a D-Line and the answer would definitely be what they received in the Playoffs. Our attacking style Defense is what ALL teams want. There is no doubt about it. You speak of cheap-shots given to Warner but something tells me that if it were Brees on the ground and your team advancing to the big game you’d be typing, albeit much less literate, exactly what I am typing now. You are brainless, witless, and left most of us who read your post dumbfounded that you actually know how to log on to the internet. There is no such thing as a cheap shot in football unless the “ruffing” (a.k.a. roughing) the passer call is given. When McCray and Hargrove combined to knock out Favre or when McCray hit Warner they did it playing hard nosed Football. Neither player or play was called or executed to injure a QB. Both times the QB’s were legally hittable. And the roughing the passer call against the Saints in the Championship game was BOGUS! Favre still had the ball in his hand when he was being wrapped up. Explain that. Get over it and understand that the Saints were the ones who got ALL of the BOGUS calls in the NFC Championship game and still walked away with a win. The turnovers created by the Saints Defense, not “given to them by the Vikings 5th ranked offense”, all served one purpose. To stop the Vikings because anytime the Saints had a chance to go three and out the Refs called a BOGUS call and allowed a Vikes drive to continue. Then when they did turn the ball over it was in the least opportune time or yard line for the Saints. Last seconds of the first half anticipating the ball in the second, on their five yard line, in the final seconds of the game where only a Hail Mary from 65 yards could break a tie. Cheap Shots my butt. Our O-Line didn’t allow for any and that is the only reason Brees didn’t receive any. Trust me those D-Lines wanting nothing more than to knock Brees off. You are just a little slow and very easily swayed.

    By Saints-Bayou on Jan 27, 2010

  12. If Coach Williams REALLY wanted to play dirty ball aka cheap shots, then the next person Favre would have seen after a hit would have been the paramedics strapping his butt to a stretcher and hauling him away to the hospital. Can’t make those bubleheads in MN understand that.

    By Thomas on Jan 27, 2010

  13. Apparently you provincial, semi-literate morons cannot tell the difference between making plays and deliberately attempting to cause injury – which is the admitted goal of your role model gregg williams. Was it a coincidence that mccray tried to injure both qb’s? Oh, and by the way, congratulations on catching the typo on “ruffing” (a card playing term) vs. “roughing” (the specialty of gregg williams and his lackeys). You can be proud of your spelling, since you clearly have problems composing coherent sentences.

    By photonvobis on Jan 28, 2010

  14. Hey, photonvobis, Jealous are you? It’s funny what comes out of people THAT ARE JEALOUS. Yeah, The Saints don’t deserve to be in SB44 even though we got to the Champ Game(2006,10)twice in 4 years and been having the #1, get that, the #1 Offense in the league for 3 out of 4 years, but we don’t deserve it LMAO, what a joke!!That’s better than Eagles, Giants, Cowboys, Vikings, Cards etc….but the Saints don’t deserve it…Stupid Idio+s!!

    By Jamie on Jan 28, 2010


    By Jamie on Jan 28, 2010

  16. Looks like somebody struck a nerve. Well, the truth doesn’t hurt unless it ought to. Also, please work on your punctuation and grammar.

    By photonvobis on Jan 28, 2010

  17. As for the hit on Warner, if you actually watch the video, after the pick by Smith, it’s clear that Warner is moving TOWARDS Smith (presumably to make the tackle). At that point, he is no longer a quarterback: you can make whatever (legal) hit you want on him, and McCray did just that.

    By mark on Jan 28, 2010

  18. I guess the only way for the Saints to win the Super Bowl is to deliberately hurt Peyton (coming from the mouth of Gregg Williams). I call that dirty football. I guess it’s no different than people getting robbed in the streets of New Orleans by their own people. Just the Bayou mentality, I guess. Go for it Williams!!!!! Peyton is much smarter than that!!!!! GO COLTS!!!!!!!

    By Coltsfan on Jan 28, 2010

  19. Who dat mouthy? Dem Saints! Jets dem come with big mouth but where are dem Jets now? Outta da window.Next on ine come the Saints and dem fans.Like dem Jets,outta da window dem too will go. GO COLTS,GO!

    By Fonzi Ricky on Jan 28, 2010

  20. Greg Williams imposes an aggresive style of defense which means legaly hitting the QB. Warner was hit out of the pocket after he throw a pick attempted to tackle a Saints linemen. That is not dirty football!! Favre was hit after an end around handoff in which he became a blocker. In my opinion that was not dirty either. The one time they did not call a flag, (Favre being hit high and low and hurting his ankle), I felt as a Saints fan that that was roughing the passer. Some of the other flags were ridiculous. If the DL is in the motion of tackling and in the air going after the quaterback, it would be impossible to stop and not tackle the QB. The rules have changed so much that you can barely land a hit without being called for roughing. As far as P. Manning, it will take a great game plan to defeat him and the Colts. Hopefully we can do so!! Go SAINTS!!!

    By Saintsfan4life on Jan 28, 2010

  21. Colts fans we are not being mouthy and trust me if anyone has had their fair share of smack talkers it would be New Orleans Saints Fans. Other teams fans, classless, distasteful, crude, and rude, have been talking about our city and its people. At least you keep it football and do not talk about a city’s plight and make ugly remarks about a natural disaster and its affects on the people. Oh wait one of you did. Real class act you are. I am willing to bet that you are incapable of humane consideration, are a hill-billy redneck, and are brainless. You want to associate Gregg Williams and the Saints Defense with Murders in this city. You are really wowing me with all of that wisdom and composure. Trust me if the Colts can get to Brees and knock him around a little THEY WILL morons. This city and its people are far beyond anything that you can compare so I will not even try. But know this… The people of New Orleans are 95 percent GREAT, FUN LOVING, HOSPITABLE PEOPLE, the others are all thugs and wanna be gangsters who are like you void of compassion and rarely step outside of the their ghettos and housing projects. This city has a crime problem but unless you are unfortunate to live in the Ghettos you would never see it. I hope you will grow up one day and I also hope that you one day understand what it means to live life and love it as well. As we do. Get over yourself.

    By Saints-Bayou on Jan 29, 2010

  22. Updated: January 29, 2010, 10:49 AM ET
    Reversal would’ve put Vikes in red zoneComment Email Print Share news services

    It was the third-quarter hit during the NFC Championship Game that injured Brett Favre, a low blow the NFL is now acknowledging should have been called a penalty, reversing a subsequent interception.

    “It’s the type of hit that we don’t want,” NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira said, “… because clearly we’re trying to protect the knees and we need to focus on this to make sure we don’t miss [them].”

    NFC North blog’s Kevin Seifert writes about all things NFC North in his division blog.

    • Blog network: NFL Nation

    Appearing on the NFL Network and this week, Pereira said the right call had not been made during the New Orleans Saints’ 31-28 overtime victory Sunday.

    With the score tied 21-21, Favre took a hit from Saints defensive end Bobby McCray. The quarterback’s left ankle was injured during the play, and he got it treated on the sideline and remained in the game.

    “Pretty much a direct shot into the back of [Favre’s] legs,” Pereira said of the hit.

    The Vikings would have had a first down at the Saints’ 19-yard line.

    Instead, linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s interception put the Saints at their own 31-yard line, though they failed to score on the resulting series.

    By photonvobis on Jan 29, 2010

  23. The Vikings through a shot at Drew Brees to the head – knocked his head back. No call. Why doesn’t anyone talk about that?

    By Sick and Tired on Jan 29, 2010

  24. Sorry – should have said threw a shot at Drew Brees’ head.

    By Sick and Tired on Jan 29, 2010

  25. My Dad is deceased now, but he was a Saints fan (Aint’s bags and all) until his death. He always supported Archie, no matter what. Because of that, I have always been a Saint’s fan. I admire and support the Manning family, and all that they have given to the community and numerous charities. I respect Kurt Warner for all of the same reasons. Brett Favre has gone through, and overcome things that most of us have never had to face, and I respect him for taking his dream as far as he has. Drew Bress is an allsome person, a devoted Christian and his commitment to the community speaks for itself. He got a bad deal and turned it into something spectacular. I’ve waited years to see NO in the Superbowl. But, to hear comments like Greg made, HURT THE QB, win by any means you can.. I CAN NOT respect that. As much as I love Farve, I pulled for the Saints..but after that last hit I had had enough. Greg, football is a sport, when you encourage your defense TRY to HURT the QB by taking “late hits” saying that a personal foul is worth the penalty if the QB is out of the game….you become sadistic. Granted the defense goes for the QB, but AFTER the throw???? Greg, can you live with yourself if someone gets disabled or killed because all you are looking at is a asuperbowl ring????? If you win it, win it with honor. Former Saint fan…GO COLTS!!!!!!

    By Tracy Cowan on Jan 29, 2010

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