At least one member of the New Orleans Saints still has a great deal of respect for Bounty-Gate scapegoat Gregg Williams, who is now with the Tennessee Titans after being out of the NFL thanks toa one-year suspension.
Cornerback Jabari Greer calls Williams the best defensive coach he has ever played for in the NFL
“I think he was the best defensive coach that I've played for professionally,” Greer said Tuesday in an interview on 102.5 The Game in Nashville.
Greer said the only coach he has had who compares to Williams is his college defensive coordinator John Chavis at the University of Tennessee. Chavis has since moved to LSU in the same role.
Williams was banished by Commissioner Roger Goodell for his role as a central figure in the Bounty-Gate matter during his final years in New Orleans, but his spirit lives on with the Saints defense, says Greer.
“Gregg did a great job of creating a professional approach to football. He made us accountable to each other,” Greer said. “He really created something that we still live off of today in our defensive room. We play with a passion and we play with an intensity that is going to be unmatched.”
Greer added that the Tennessee Titans, who hired Williams as a senior defensive assistant, “are lucky to have him.”
Greer admitted that 2012 was tough on the Saints because of the penalties that not only cost them Williams, but head coach Sean Payton for the season, plus some players (whose suspensions were eventually overturned) and general manager Mickey Loomis for half a season.
“Obviously after the things that went on the last year when players were blamed, that was something that was tough for our guys, because we realized the connection we had,” Greer said. “I don't think it was too much to overcome. I just believe in any season as a professional football player you're going to have to build something and you're going to go though adversity and you have to have the resolve to go through it.”