Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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METAIRIE, La. – Gregg Williams isn’t really one to hold back his feelings.
But he’s also brilliant at the art of nuanced speech, politicking for his players by claiming he’s not politicking at all.
So, when asked Friday whether he felt it was a snub or a slap in his face that no Saints defensive players earned a Pro Bowl berth, he went on a classic two-minute Williams speech.
“I’ve been doing this for so long that I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that bothered me because our guys play very hard and we’ve got several guys on our that deserver that thing,” Williams said.
Only two defensive players even earned an alternate designation – safeties Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins, both of whom Williams compared to playing like former Redskins great Sean Taylor.
But Williams said what he’s impressed with is that his players don’t appear to be bothered by the “snub.”
“I flunked politics and so did they,” Williams said. “We’re not going to apologize for how we play. The thing I’m most proud of our guy is we’re not out there with Vote For Me signs. We’re not out there campaigning for things. We let the film speak for itself.”
Yet, Williams did say some positives will come out of having no players make the Pro Bowl roster.
“All I can say is will I use it as motivation?” Williams said. “I coach better with a chip on my shoulder and some of these guys play better with a chip on their shoulder, too.”