Wade Phillips on Greg Williams Audio: “It made me sick. It’s something completely against what I believe in.”May 22, 2012 – 8:00 am by Steven Cuce
Wade Phillips is well regarded in the NFL as a defensive guru. Although Phillips may not be regarded as the strongest heading coaching personality, he has been around the league long enough to know a thing or two about a possible bounty problem — an issue that has dominated the talk of the NFL offseason.
Wade Phillips joined KILT in Houston with Josh Innes and Rich Lord to discuss his desire to be a head coach in the NFL again, his initial thoughts on the the Greg Williams audio, his views on the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl victory after hearing the Greg Williams audio, the Williams audio not being commonplace in the NFL and Williams not being known for any type of bounty program in the past.
Do you have a desire to be a head coach again?
“I enjoyed being a head coach. I still feel like I did well as a head coach. I still have one of the winningest records in the league. At this point I am really happy being here. They have been great to me here and this has been…like you said being here I am more popular than anywhere I have ever been and I thought I did a good job in a lot of places.”
What were your first thoughts when you heard the Greg Williams audio?
“Well I mean 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.”
Does that change the way you look at the Saints Super Bowl victory now?
“No. No. I don’t know that they took it to heart and did it. I can’t say that somebody got up and said hey you oughta do this and that the players were doing that. I think a lot of them would say that themselves because I would imagine a lot of them went up and said hey I don’t feel right doing that. I’m sure some of the other coaches said hey you don’t need to do that and just play the game the way you play it.”
Do you believe what Greg Williams said in his speech is commonplace in the NFL?
“No. That’s what I’m saying. I’ve been around the NFL for 36 years. We’ve never talked about that and hurting another player.”
Did you ever know of Greg Williams doing this sort of stuff in the past?
“No it surprised me that that was happening and that’s why it surprised me because not a lot of people were or I don’t think many people were doing anything like that, so that is why it is surprising.”