Ex-Saints LB fires back at Odell Beckham Jr.’s claim about Gregg Williams
The other reason is that he desires to rip the defense built by Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in the process.
Ahead of the Browns-Jets match, OBJ came out to accuse Williams of conspiring with players to get him injured two years ago at a preseason game.
“I had people who were here when he was here telling us, ‘If you get a chance, take a shot at him. If you can hurt him. I guarantee he’s going to leave the game hurt.’ And stuff like that,” Beckham said, per Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos. “It’s fine. It’s football, in a sense.”
These are serious allegations for a coach that has built a career for being one of the roughest defensive strategists in the NFL. However, a former player in Jonathan Vilma came to his former coach’s defense.
He joined ESPN’s Get Up and addressed the star wideout’s allegations. He flat out rejected the idea that Williams will send players out to hurt another.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) September 13, 2019
“There’s no truth to it,” the former New Orleans Saints linebacker said. “I was with Gregg Williams for three years, one of the best defensive coordinators I’ve had. And he teaches physicality; he teaches aggression… the hit on Odell Beckham that had him injured was a legal hit. We talk about going low because if a player can’t run, he can’t score.
“When you take those shots, whether considered as cheap shots by offensive players sometimes, it’s really about going to take their legs out. Because in this day and age is too big and too fast to sit there as a 5’10” corner and take go up against a 6’2″ Julio Jones or Odell Beckham.”
He claims that Williams is teaching his defenders to stop playmakers from finishing their plays. The defensive coordinator may be rough, but Vilma believes that he is just teaching hard-nosed football.
Whether one party is right or wrong will be proven on the field.