Gregg Williams, the Saints' defensive coordinator, set of a bit of a firestorm last week when, in a radio interview, he suggested that his team deliver a few "remember me" hits on Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl. So Saints coach Sean Payton (pictured) ordered breakfast for Williams this morning.
"The poor waiter came over to the table at brunch this morning and gave me two big jars of peanut butter, saltine crackers and a glass full of sand to wash it down with," Williams said. "Maybe if I took all that stuff down I might be able to keep my mouth shut and not say something at media day that will haunt him all week long like I did last week.”
Williams said the term for "remember me" hits is an old one and he used it with the guy who was conducting the radio interview in Nashville, former player Blaine Bishop.
“In all honesty, it was really kind of a tongue in cheek thing with Blaine Bishop," Williams said. "When Blaine played for me, he was that kind of player. One of the things I worried about Blaine, whenever he would get mad, for the next three or four plays he would abort all coverage, he would abort all responsibilities and just go take it out on the opponent. I would ask him, ‘What are you doing?’ and he would tell me, ‘Giving him some remember me shots.’ We were joking about that and what he said was, ‘You got any remember me’s in you this week?’ I said, ‘Who knows? That could come up.’ It kind of got blown out of proportion, but in all honesty, every single time you play you have that."
Williams said he's even given the advice to his son, Chase, who signed to play at Virginia Tech.
"I told him every single time he played, after the ball game I want you to make sure every player that played against you remembers your number, remembers your name and if they can’t, it’s because you knocked the memory out of them," the older Williams said. "That’s how good defensive players play. He took that to heart and even made sure that some of the coaches that voted against him for some of the things that they would remember him after games, that they would remember him after games. It’s just kind of a thing from an aggressive nature, from a fun-loving nature that all defensive guys have about them and I’m sure most competitors do too.”
Williams said the menu at breakfast aside, he hasn't caught any flak from the Saints managment.
"They all know," he said. "It’s just part of it. It was tongue in cheek. In fact, Blaine has been more worried about it. Blaine is texting me and called me a couple times apologizing thinking I may be dog-cussing him about it. I said, ‘Blaine, don’t worry about that. That was just you and I having a good time on the radio.’”
But Williams is definitely not backing down from the sentiment.
"I don’t know what I should have said," he added. "Maybe I should have said that we’re going to blow him kisses or send him a Valentine's Day card or something like that. I don’t know that that would have been the right message to send the defensive guys that I have.”