Saints Practice Report: DC Gregg Williams using motivational skills

Saints Practice Report: DC Gregg Williams using motivational skills

Saints Practice Report: DC Gregg Williams using motivational skills


Posted on August 9, 2011 at 11:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 10 at 9:55 AM


Bradley Handwerger / Sports Writer

METAIRIE, La. ― Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is certainly a one of a kind.

He finds ways to motivate players, to get them playing at their highest level.

He also finds new ways to yell at them, new sayings that make anyone around – and not getting chewed out – laugh.

Tuesday was no different.

The offense was working against Williams’ defense on red-zone drills and the third string was in at this point.

That meant nothing to Williams. He demands perfection and he demands it now.

Chase Daniel pump faked to Darren Sproles to his left and cornerback Mark Parson bit, driving forward in an attempt to stop Sproles.

Only Sproles didn’t have the ball. Parson left receiver Andy Tanner open for an easy 11-yard touchdown.

That caused Williams to bark at Parson and really anybody who was on defense.

“Stab me!” he shouted. “Kill me! Who is the dumbest one out there? You can’t be that stupid!”

A short time later, to which player I don’t know, Williams was at it again.

“Some of you have never had smart in the same sentence as your name,” he declared.

This isn’t a roster move. It’s a move of camp. The Saints are extending camp for a week and moving it Oxnard, Calif., to help with team building.

Injury report
See Nine miss Saints practice Tuesday, including Colston, Stinchcomb at for full list.

Observations/Thoughts II
Receiver Marques Colston hasn’t practiced for four straight sessions and five days when you consider the team was off Monday.

When he took the first day off, to “rest” as coach Sean Payton termed it, it was understandable.

When he talked to us a day later and said it was no big deal and that if this were game week, he would be practicing, it was mostly believable.

Nearly a week on, you’ve got to wonder if there’s something more wrong with his right knee than it having some “irritation” in it the other morning.

He had surgery on it early in the offseason and was inactive for one game in 2010 with a knee problem that required surgery.

It took him only six practices before he had to miss time. That’s not good.

This and that
*Charles Brown was working with the second-team at left tackle while George Foster was manning the second-team right tackle position Tuesday. But with Jon Stinchcomb resting, that put Zach Strief with the first team at right tackle.

*Williams continued to switch up things at linebacker. This time he had Clint Ingram at strongside linebacker along with Jonathan Vilma at middle and Scott Shanle at weakside. He has used Danny Clark and Will Herring with the first team throughout the past five days of camp.

*On Friday and Sunday, rain and lightning forced the Saints to practice indoors instead of outside. On Tuesday, rain didn’t chase the team indoors. A 15-minute rain shower gave them a chance to work with wet balls and a wet field. I’ll call this a good thing, especially with an early fall game at Tampa, where the climate is similar.

*After kicking field goals for four straight practices, the Saints didn’t have kicker Garrett Hartley work on kicks other than one 58-yarder, which was done to work on coverage of a kick that falls short of the end line.

*As Shanle was passing by on his way to the locker room, he stopped and chatted briefly. The crux of the conversation – anyone who says they’re in football shape right now is lying, per the veteran linebacker.

Team 1
1st and 10: QB Drew Brees to WR Devery Henderson short right (LB Will Herring in coverage)
2nd and 10: Brees to TE Jimmy Graham middle short inc…SS Roman Harper interference
1st and 10: WR Lance Moore end around for three-plus yards
1st and 10: Brees incomplete to Henderson
1st and 10: Herring sacks Brees

Team 2
Couldn’t see as the team went away from the media and lined up wide across the field blocking everyone’s view.

Team 3:
3rd and 10 @ 26: Brees play-action, overthrow Henderson. Williams: “Long foulll ball.”
2nd and 10 @ 19: Brees to Moore at 2-yard line; incomplete as FS Malcolm Jenkins jars ball loose with hit, MLB Jonathan Vilma nearly picks off bobble
3rd and 5 @ 15: Brees too high for Henderson with CB Leigh Torrence in coverage in end zone
1st and 10 @ 11: Brees to RB Pierre Thomas for 5-6 yards; CB Jabari Greer tackle
2nd and goal @ 8: RB Mark Ingram goes off the right side for 8-yard touchdown, running through Herring, who was being blocked by TE Tory Humphrey

Goal line:
1st and goal @ 9: Ingram off left side for 3 yards, taken down by Jenkins and LB Clint Ingram
2nd and goal @ 6: RB Darren Sproles for 3 yards off right side
3rd and goal @ 3: Ingram plows over Harper for 3-yard touchdown.

What’s next?
The Saints will go Wednesday afternoon from 4-6:45 p.m. It’s outdoors and open to the public, weather permitting. Thursday’s practice, originally scheduled for the outdoor fields, has been moved inside, which means it’s now closed to the public.