Originally posted by crake49:
There you are, RedAlice. You were complaining about the lack of football-related questions. Here's my question for any Rams fan:
Regarding the Rams and the buzz around them this year - why is everyone pretending that Gregg Williams is a good defensive coordinator. The last time I saw him, he was insulting his own players by implying that they had to use ugly, illegal tactics to stop a Niner offense and, in the last moments of an extremely important playoff game, putting one safety on Vernon Davis, who had been shredding his defense all day long. What's the big deal about Gregg Williams and why should any knowledgeable Niner fan worry about his defensive coordination on the Rams?
Hey Crake - nice, thank you. And, very good and quite polarizing question. Lots of divides amongst Rams fans - B, GW. Though, I think the tide has turned to the positive now on GW, though that is still to be seen when the games start.
When he was hired in 2012, all was great. Then the scandal, the firing from the Rams - most fans seemed vocal about being happy he was gone. Things have mellowed though, and he did well with the Titans last year. So, unless you are in a time capsule, it's not necessary for the last time you saw him to be that recording from the Saints or your game.
I do agree that the D he called in the NFCCG against you was just bad. Considering Rams hired him right after, I remember thinking - wtf? who is this and why?
1. I hate Bilicheck. I think he is the epitome of every cheating thing wrong with the NFL and especially of ugly favortism and bad ref calls at it's highest. So, I respect those who hate GW, even if I disagree. You have valid reasons, as do I.
2. Why should a Niner fan worry? Last year this Rams' D had Tim Walton as DC: Yes, nobody. Fisher was calling the plays by end of season. Last year the Rams D had a lot of talent, but could not play consistent, focus or even look like the same team from week to week. No discipline. Plus, they pretty much acted like kindergartners when the teacher isn't looking in a few games (see Panthers and Hawks). It was flat out fail and often embarrasing. That will not happen under GW, regardless of your opinion of him. He is making the calls, and he will demand much more discipline and focus than Walton did.
3. GW loves the complicated D plans (something he is often criticized for). At no other team ever has he had the talent he now does with this Rams team. And, there is no debating this raw talent that has not yet accomplished anything. I think it will be interesting to watch. And, this young talent has never really had a leader. GW is a leader and a very vocal one at that.
4. Players seem to love playing for him. He can lead. Rams D needs that. Today and yesterday, all reports out of Rams camp from both the players and the observers support this. Hopefully, he can bring this D to it's full potential.
So, I am happy he is here. I believe he was totally wrong on the bounty thing, but also believe he was the one who was "caught" and therefore made an example for the exact same thing many other teams were doing. And, this I know factually - so don't bother debating it with me. I'm glad someone was caught and that it should no longer be a part of the game now - it is a terrible thing.
If you are interested in the topic asked:
This is Matt Bowen (he played S under GW w the Skins) with a pretty fair look at what it's like to play for GW and also some fair and harsh comments on the scandal (published Oct 2013):
Yes, I know it's BR, but this is a personal account, not a stupid opinion article.
[ Edited by RedAlice on Jul 27, 2014 at 3:16 AM ]