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Trent Dilfer says Gregg Williams admitted to stealing Ravens’ playbook

Gregg Williams wearing a headset

Oct 21, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams coaches against the New England Patriots during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens were carried to a Super Bowl title in 2000 by arguably the greatest defense in NFL history, and there was one particular playoff game where their offense was almost no help at all. That was apparently a result of Baltimore’s opponent having the answers to the test.

ESPN on Sunday night aired an excellent 30-for-30 documentary called “Bullies of Baltimore.” Most of what was included was filmed during a celebration the Ravens had back in May honoring their Super Bowl XXXV team. One of the most noteworthy moments in the documentary came when former Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer told the story of how former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams stole Dilfer’s playbook during the 2000 season.

Dilfer recalled how his playbook inexplicably went missing following the Ravens’ 24-23 win over the Titans in Week 11. He said he knew there was no way he lost it and was confident someone stole it out of the locker room in Tennessee.

Baltimore then played the Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs and beat them 24-10. Their offense managed just 134 yards of total offense and six first downs. Dilfer said Tennessee’s defense was calling out every play the Ravens ran before the ball was snapped.

Dilfer says he was at an NFL function with Williams years later when Williams admitted that he stole Dilfer’s playbook.

“He admits that he stole that sucker out of the locker room,” Dilfer said. “To this day it pisses me off.”

Williams, who is now the defensive coordinator for the XFL’s DC Defenders, is known for being a great defensive coach. He was also at the center of the New Orleans Saints’ infamous “Bountygate” scandal.

Dilfer’s playbook story will not do Williams any favors in terms of how people view his character. It is also a reminder of just how good the Ravens’ defense was in 2000.


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