‘Fired up’ Gregg Williams returns to face Redskins
Double G is coming back. And he’s got an ax to grind.
Gregg Williams, the fiery assistant who got a pink slip instead of a promotion from the Washington
Players on both sides are expecting a flood of previously pent-up fury.
“He wants to win first,”
For four seasons, Williams and his legendary temper ran the
“He’ll be fired up to go back,”
Williams spurred the
But forget the numbers. Players don’t start citing statistics when Williams’ name comes up.
“When you think of Gregg,”
The stories from the Washington locker room are too numerous to tell, and they usually start with a shake of the head and a smile. Let’s start with safety
“He said, ‘Are you in shape?’ I said, ‘Yes, sir.’ He’s like: ‘We’ll see. I’m going to make you puke.”‘
Then there’s defensive tackle
“As a rookie, I’m like: ‘Is it even legal to say that?’ Then I realized we were grown men.”
“When I first got here, he cussed me out left and right,” Rogers said. “My second year, he eased up off you. Some guys can take that type of coaching and some guys can’t, and with his system (if you can’t) you’re not going to make it. Once you establish yourself, once you start playing, you’ll know that he means the best, just trying to bring the best out of you. Everyone will say that.”
But it’s a style that didn’t appeal to everyone, and it didn’t always look good from the outside. It used to be said around
Williams’ only previous NFL head coaching stint didn’t go well – 17-31 with Buffalo from 2001-03 – but his success this year with the
“What’s bigger than a genius?” New Orleans safety
Here’s another adjective that applies this Sunday: motivated. Williams has yet to address reporters this week – he’s scheduled to speak Friday – but his feelings are already known.
“He’s going to let it rip,” Washington receiver
NOTES: Zorn said he expects DT