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Former DE calls Williams 'the softest coach'

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08:02 AM ET 04.09 | NFL veteran Chidi Ahanotu doesn't quite know what turned his former coach in another direction. When he played under Williams with the Buffalo Bills in 2002, the defensive end saw a much different coach. "He was the softest coach I've been around," Ahanotu said. "It was to the point, really, where I said, 'Man, this guy's really not made out to be a coach.' Honestly, that's what I always felt in Buffalo -- this is not football. His approach was very cerebral." While there was reportedly a bounty system in Buffalo then, Ahanotu wonders if Williams felt the need to go to the complete other extreme in time. "He was very cerebral, almost to a fault," Ahanotu said. ... "Maybe this is what he changed to."

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April 9, 2012  08:11 AM ET

The softest guys usually talk the most crap.

April 9, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Yeah man... He's soft as toilet paper.

April 9, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Too soft? Too hard? probably a good thing he is done in the NFL, now he can find his life's work...

April 9, 2012  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Too soft? Too hard? probably a good thing he is done in the NFL, now he can find his life's work...

They said the same thing about Michael Vick.

He got a second chance, as should Williams.

April 9, 2012  08:24 AM ET

Well..it was Buffalo!

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April 9, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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They said the same thing about Michael Vick.He got a second chance, as should Williams.

Since 1997 he has been a HC or DC or assistant HC for five different teams.
I would say he has been given a lot more chances already than most guys. If this is the end for him, then he has no complaint.

April 9, 2012  09:35 AM ET

"Cerebral." Yeah, like Hannibal Lecter.

April 9, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Wonder how Wade Phillips feels to have the title stripped from him.

April 9, 2012  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

They said the same thing about Michael Vick.

He got a second chance, as should Williams.

In the spirit of Easter, how many Christians are here? Aren't you all taught to forgive?

April 9, 2012  10:00 AM ET

Wade can still be the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Soft and he giggles when you poke his tummy.

April 9, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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Since 1997 he has been a HC or DC or assistant HC for five different teams.I would say he has been given a lot more chances already than most guys. If this is the end for him, then he has no complaint.

How can you speak for another man's "complaints" ?

You're smarter than that, 50.

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April 9, 2012  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Wonder how Wade Phillips feels to have the title stripped from him.

Wade can still be the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Soft and he giggles when you poke his tummy.

April 9, 2012  10:10 AM ET

People seem to relish in others misery. He screwed up and luckily no one was seriously injured. Let him pay his dues, and learn his lesson before we send him to the gallows.

April 9, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

How can you speak for another man's "complaints" ?You're smarter than that, 50.

Wow. Tough audience.

April 9, 2012  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

People seem to relish in others misery. He screwed up and luckily no one was seriously injured. Let him pay his dues, and learn his lesson before we send him to the gallows.

The NFL sells the dream of reaching the BIG GOAL!! The Super Bowl!!

Williams defense solidified that for N'Awlins, based on hard hits within the rules.

Ask those people down there in the Gulf what this meant to them.

April 9, 2012  10:27 AM ET
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The NFL sells the dream of reaching the BIG GOAL!! The Super Bowl!!Williams defense solidified that for N'Awlins, based on hard hits within the rules.Ask those people down there in the Gulf what this meant to them.

Outside of N'Awlins,who really cares what it means to them.Ask all of those who were intentionally injured with an attempt to end careers what it means.If this were such a great thing to have,why is he indefinitely suspended?

April 9, 2012  10:37 AM ET
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Outside of N'Awlins,who really cares what it means to them.Ask all of those who were intentionally injured with an attempt to end careers what it means.If this were such a great thing to have,why is he indefinitely suspended?

Who was hurt ?

Also, who said it was "great" ?

He's been made the scape-goat, for a common practice in football locker-rooms on all levels. Was the choice in his words poor? Yes. To me, that's all he's guilty of here.

 
April 9, 2012  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

The NFL sells the dream of reaching the BIG GOAL!! The Super Bowl!!Williams defense solidified that for N'Awlins, based on hard hits within the rules.Ask those people down there in the Gulf what this meant to them.

Ask them what it meant after the 49ers beat them in the NFL Playoffs last year.Ask them what it will be like when Coach Payton and some players are suspended for the year,the Saints lose draft picks,and are fined for this criminal behavior.If you want to see solid defenses (playing within the rules of the league without bounties)just look at the 49ers,Ravens,Giants,Texans or Steelers(other than James Harrison)football teams.The NFL does not sell the dream of intentionally crippling players.Why are these penalties against the Saints taking place?..certainly not for good behavior and playing within the rules.The had one huge flag thrown on them the size of a playing field and deservingly so!

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