By John Sigler
The NFL’s General Ripper is also its clearest example of nepotism. Bountygate scandal aside, Gregg Williams has made a career out of talking a big, expletive-filled game and fielding bad defenses. His New Orleans Saints defenses routinely were among NFL leaders in missed tackles, per Pro Football Focus charting.
Opposing fans love to use the Minneapolis Miracle like it’s a key trauma in New Orleans lore, but let’s be real: that wasn’t even the worst missed tackle to watch in Saints playoff history. Any of the nine missed lunges at Marshawn Lynch in 2010 were worse. Don’t even get me started on Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins colliding in pursuit of Vernon Davis back in 2011. We were born in this darkness, molded by it. We didn’t see the light until we were grown.
Gregg is still up to his old tricks in the 2018 preseason games. Faced with a long third down, he ordered everybody but the four down linemen to cede the first down marker to New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb – allowing an easy conversion.
The Cleveland Browns and their fans don’t deserve this kind of malpractice, but it perfectly fits their narrative. Fielding a Gregg Williams defense in 2018 – one that spends more time in its base look than any contemporary, only to under-perform chronically – is so perfectly Cleveland. I’ve never seen students less engaged than Williams’ players in this Hard Knocks clip, and I taught middle school...