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Former Bills coach Gregg Williams makes curious comments about Buffalo

Who dat there taking shots at these Bills? 

It’s their former head coach, and current New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. 

Recently, Williams made some rather curious remarks about Buffalo during an interview with 104.5 The Zone, a sports radio station in Nashville, Tenn.  The main focus of the interview featured Williams’  burning desire for the Bills to draft quarterback Drew Brees in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft.  Buffalo, however, was unable to trade up from the 46th spot and Brees wound up being drafted by San Diego.

Now, Williams is singing a different tune these days.  Here’s what Williams had to say in an exerpt from The Buffalo News:

“I’m kind of at that point and time in my career where the three W’s are the most important choices that I make from now on in coaching: What am I doing? Where’s it at? Who’s it with?” Williams said. “I’m never going to discount again on who’s it with. I’ve been able to kind of pick and choose now after all these years about where I want to go, and I really, really, really wanted to draft Drew Brees when I was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, and thank goodness that didn’t happen. Otherwise, I’d still be stuck up there in cold Buffalo. Now I’m [in New Orleans]. I do have a chance to go with him into [the Super Bowl].”

Nothing like reaching the top of the mountain and then spitting down on the people below. 

By the time he was fired following the 2003 season, Williams was public enemy No.1 among Bills fans.  Despite coaching a slap-and-glue, cap-strapped team in 2001 the Bills went 3-13 that season, their fewest win total since the 1985 team went 2-14.  In his three seasons with the Bills, Williams finished with a 17-31 record.

The following season, the Bills struck a trade with division rival New England and acquired quarterback Drew Bledsoe and took major strides forward.  Bledsoe set 10 franchise records and the Bills leaped to 8-8.  But as much as the Bills grew by leaps and bounds in 2002, they seriously regressed in 2003, Williams’ final season in Buffalo.

Despite starting 2-0, including their famous 31-0 season opening blasting of New England (their only win against New England during the decade), the Bills finished 6-10 and most of the fingers pointed towards Williams and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.  The Bills thought they could duplicate their pass-oriented, heavy scheme without Peerless Price and a healthy Eric Moulds.  Price was traded to Atlanta in March 2003 and Moulds battled a groin injury all season long and never returned to his 2002 form when he had 100 catches, 1,292 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.

Williams failed to change the offensive scheme.  Rather than relying on the run instead of the pass, Williams failed to adjust with two of his key offensive cogs, Price and Moulds.  As a result, Williams lost the locker room and was publicly critized by cornerback Antoine Winfield and running back Travis Henryfor his failures to change and adjust.  Bledsoe had one of the worst seasons of his career and Williams tenure in Buffalo was soon terminated.

I can’t imagine Williams’ comments were met with a round of applause in Buffalo.  I can, however, predict that the Indiapolis Colts bandwagon probably has gotten heavier over the past few days.  I know I’ll be wearing Colt blue on Feb. 7th.


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