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Renaldo Wynn: Gregg Williams stole Jaguars’ playbook before 1999 AFC Championship

gregg-williamsThe Tennessee Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars rather handedly in the 1999 AFC Championship Game. The Jags jumped out to an early 14-7 lead before it was all Titans in the second half. Tennessee went on to score 26 unanswered points and cruise to a 33-14 victory. Former Jacksonville defensive end Renaldo Wynn has an explanation for the halftime adjustments.

On Friday, Wynn told Mike Meltser and Seth Payne on Sports Radio 610’s MaD Radio that then-Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had literally obtained a copy of the Jaguars’ playbook prior to the game.

“You know why we fell short in that AFC Championship game?” Wynn asked, via CBS Houston. “After that I ended up getting coached by Gregg Williams. And Greg Williams was, at the time, defensive coordinator by the Tennessee Titans. First thing he said when he came in the door was ‘Hey, you know why you lost?’ With a lot of other explicit words with that. He said he had our play book. Greg Williams had our play book. Our game-plan on offense. [He] had our playbook.”

Wynn later played for the Washington Redskins when Williams was defensive coordinator there, and he told the hosts that Williams acquired other teams’ playbooks as well. He would not elaborate on how Williams allegedly got them in his possession.

“I’m sorry Gregg, I had to put you out there,” Wynn said. “You can’t go no lower than what you’ve been already.”

Williams, who was just hired as DC for the St. Louis Rams, certainly can go lower. There may be nothing worse than being caught on audio tape urging players to target the knees and heads of opponents, but stealing playbooks would be up there. If there is proof — and I’m not sure how there would be — Williams could find himself in a lot of trouble yet again.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Joe Vitt: Gregg Williams offered rewards to players for taking out opposing coaches’ knees

Joe-Vitt-SaintsJust when you thought the allegations from the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal could not get any crazier, we get a further glimpse into just how carried away former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams may have gotten. On Monday, The Times-Picayune obtained a copy of assistant coach Joe Vitt’s Dec. 3 bounty appeals hearing testimony in front of NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. It was quite revealing.

During Vitt’s testimony, he categorized Williams as someone who has a tendency to exaggerate but insisted the players and coaches knew of his “schtick” and “false bravado” and rarely took him seriously. Vitt said that Williams not only offered to reward players for injuring opposing players, but that he also offered to pay them if they intentionally knocked down or took out the knees of opposing coaches who were standing on the sidelines.

Vitt said that he made sure the players knew such behavior would not be tolerated, and that no one on the team ever took Williams up on his ridiculous offer.

“If our players went out and performed what came out of Gregg Williams’ mouth, and it went from his lips to their ears, and then it went to the performance, we would have people in jail right now ma’am,” Vitt told NFL attorney Mary Jo White. “We would have people in jail right now.”

When you listen to some of the audio from Williams talking to his defense before a playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers, you get a sense of what Vitt is talking about. The details of who participated in the bounty system and to what extent will likely always remain foggy, but it’s pretty obvious that Williams was the driving force behind much of it.

H/T Eye on Football

Gregg Williams urges players to target Alex Smith’s head, Michael Crabtree’s ACL (Audio)

If Gregg Williams was hoping a return to the NFL is in his future, the audio clip that is making the internet rounds on Thursday will do nothing to help his case. We have heard the rumors and stories about Williams telling his players to target particular body parts, so none of this should come a shock and much of it is just locker room banter. It will, however, make Williams look even worse in the eyes of Roger Goodell.

The following audio clip features language that is extremely NSFW, but is definitely worth a listen if you want to know the type of stuff that Williams said to his defense prior to games. The clip, which was shared by Yahoo! Sports, was recorded by documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon. Pamphilon directed the “Run Ricky Run” documentary that was featured on ESPN. He had access to some Saints team functions during the 2011 season and recorded the audio the night before the playoff game between the Saints and Niners. It provides pretty clear evidence that Williams wanted his players to target Alex Smith’s head and Michael Crabtree’s ACL, among other disturbing demands. Have a listen:

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Charles Barkley: Whoever ratted Gregg Williams out for bounties is a ‘punk’

As is the case with any other major sports scandal, the opinions about Bountygate are rolling in at a rapid pace in the wake of the news breaking on Friday. Some are outraged while others consider bounties on opponents to be a part of the game. Not surprisingly, Charles Barkley is a member of the latter group. Not only that, but Barkley is outraged that someone would even come forward and rat out Gregg Williams.

“You have to be a punk to snitch that out,” Barkley said Monday on the Dan Patrick Show, according to Pro Football Talk. “That’s like giving a reporter an anonymous quote. That makes you a punk, if you do anonymous, but also, you don’t bring that out x amount of years later. I mean you don’t compete in it if you don’t want to be in it. But I’ve seen at least three or four well-known NFL players say all teams have bounties. So I’m glad they came to Gregg Williams’ defense. Because I’m pretty sure all teams have that.

“In the heat of an NFL game, when guys are trying to make tackles, you’re always trying to hit the guy as hard as possible. I think you always want to knock the best players out of the game. I want to get Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady out of the game. That’s better for my team. Do I want to hurt them? No, but I want to hit them hard. That’s better for my team.”

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Tony Dungy: Titans targeted Peyton Manning when Gregg Williams was there

Tony Dungy believes Gregg Williamsbounty system targeted Peyton Manning as far back as Williams’ tenure as defensive coordinator for the Titans from 1997-2000, and possibly again with the Redskins in 2006.

“I know they had them in Tennessee,” Dungy said in a text to Pro Football Talk. Although Williams reportedly had a bounty system in place during during his time in Washington, Dungy added he wasn’t sure whether bounties were offered when the Redskins injured Manning during a game over five years ago.

Dungy said during a Football Night in America broadcast last year that he believed Manning’s neck problems may have started with a hit by former Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels in 2006. Williams was the Redskins’ defensive coordinator at the time. Manning was shaken up on the play, which wdid not draw a flag but resulted in a $5,000 fine for Daniels.

The allegation that Williams’ bounty system may have sparked Manning’s neck problems is very significant but, for now, still unfounded. Then again — just speculating here — if Williams acknowledged having a pay-for-play system with the Saints, and another coach claims Williams had one with the Titans, why should anyone believe he didn’t do the same during his tenure in D.C.?

Gregg Williams was Saints bounty snitch

Many NFL players have said that the bounty system run by the Saints is nothing new, and that it’s something that happens throughout the league. A lot of people are focusing on how the word about the bounties became public. They’re trying to find out who the snitch is.

Well I’ve got news for some of you: The snitch is none other than former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

In the 2009 season, the Saints battered Kurt Warner and Brett Favre in the playoffs. Next up was Peyton Manning and the Colts, and Williams explicitly said during a radio interview that his defense planned to take shots at the MVP quarterback.

“The big thing is that he throws the ball so early that we’re going to have to do a good job of finding ways to get to him and when we do get to him we’re going to have to make sure he gets a couple ‘remember me’ shots when we get there,” Williams told 104.5 The Zone.

Williams also made it clear he was willing to accept a few 15-yard penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct as long as Peyton felt the hits.

“When you put too much of that type of worry on a warrior’s mind, he doesn’t play all out,” Williams said. “If it happens, it happens. And the only thing you’d like for me to say is that if it happens you hope he doesn’t get back up and play again.”

That attitude is nothing new for Williams. From the moment he was hired by the Saints, his goal was to instill a tough, aggressive attitude with his players. This quote comes from an article published on May 5 2009 in the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

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Gregg Williams apologizes for Saints bounty system ‘We knew it was wrong’

Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams apologized for running a bounty system while he was with the team. Williams’ statement was released shortly after the NFL’s investigative findings about New Orleans’ system was published.

“I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the ‘pay for performance’ program while I was with the Saints. It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again.”

Williams knew it was wrong at the time, but do you think he and his players regret it? They won a Super Bowl by going after opposing quarterbacks and star players. I’m not sure they do. And how much will Williams be penalized now that he’s a coach with the Rams, not the Saints? I hope it’s at least a hefty fine. They need to come down hard on the Saints if they want bounty systems to stop.