Saints show love for Gregg Willams & more in NFL Daily Digest
Real Talk: The Saints have been so defiant in this Bounty Gate situation that you really can’t look at one individual that has been involved and say ‘he’s remorseful’ except for the ringleader Gregg Williams.
Today, even though Williams has apologized, admitted his wrong doings and accepted responsibility for his actions, his former charges are still praising him.
“Gregg was a great coach and a great motivator,” safety Roman Harper said. “You love playing for him. You probably hate playing against him. That’s just the way he is. He coached the game the way it’s supposed to be coached, and let you play the way it’s supposed to be played.”
“People are going to say I’m wrong for saying this, but he’s good for this league,” linebacker Scott Shanle said.
When asked about the leaked audio footage of Williams commanding his players to inflict ACL injuries just before a playoff game against the 49ers, Shanle was still supportive.
“This is going to sound like an excuse, and people don’t want to hear an excuse — that type of language is not just Gregg Williams,” Shanle said. “It goes on in a lot of locker rooms around the league. No one took him literally. It was a way to get you to play fast, violent, nasty and together.
“Not every coach coaches like that, and they’ve had success. But for Gregg Williams, and his personality and what he brings to the table, it fit the identity of his defenses. I’m really hoping this isn’t held against him wherever he is.”
Brown Charges It Up: RB Ronnie Brown was the man with the Dolphins but his time there was littered with injuries. He ended up with the Eagles last season and played at a just-below-mediocre level there.
Now the Chargers are employing him for one year as the back-up to Ryan Matthews.
There is no telling how this is going to go since Matthews is prone to injuries himself.
At this point, is the 31-year-old Brown even a good change-of-pace option?
I’ll chalk his time with Eagles up to one bad year and lean towards the idea that this will work out with the Chargers since Brown is familiar with what Norv Turner likes to do.
Ravens Lock Up Williams: The Baltimore Ravens are not weak in very many areas but they could use some work within their offensive line.
Former Bengal Bobbie Williams just put his name down for two years with the team that is obviously not very worried about his recently ankle surgery.
The right guard has always pulled very well so he will fit in very nicely seeing that RB Ray Rice catches a lot of balls out of the backfield.
It’s A Wrap: What has not been to like about LB Ben Leber over the past 10 years? His blue-collar style of play consistently got his name called regardless of whether it was with the Vikings, Rams or Chargers.
He announced his retirement on air at the Minneapolis radio station KFAN. He ended his career with 498 tackles, 24 sacks and five interceptions in his career.