Gregg Williams claps back at Odell Beckham Jr.’s claim about coaching dirty hits
A day after Odell Beckham Jr. claimed that his Cleveland Browns teammates said defensive coordinator Gregg Williams instructed to injure him during a preseason game, the current New York Jets defensive coordinator claimed he has never coached dirty hits.
Williams told the media on Friday that all this is about is getting Beckham Jr. more attention and by the media talking about it, they are feeding into what he wants.
“We don’t do that,” Williams said via Pro Football Talk. “Never done that anywhere I’ve been. We don’t do anything to hurt the team. It’s the number one primary thing. . . . You guys are cooperating, giving him attention. Just don’t give him attention. It just is what it is.”
It’s not surprising that Williams is denying the claim, but it’s hard to believe that is the case especially when he was suspended an entire season after it was determined he was running a bounty program during the 2009 season with the New Orleans Saints. When the media brought up that suspension to Williams, he replied asking if that was right or wrong, before claiming he wants to talk about the Browns.
Williams was also caught on tape encouraging his players to go for Michael Crabtree’s ACL before the Saints battled against the San Francisco 49ers in a playoff game.
“We need to decide whether Crabtree wants to be a fake-a** prima donna, or he wants to be a tough guy. We need to find out. He becomes human when we f—— take out that outside ACL.”
That quote sure sounds like coaching a dirty hit, but maybe Williams’ idea of a dirty hit is a little different than what others see it as.