Gregg Williams on Odell Beckham Jr. Accusations: 'Odell Who?'

Jets defensive coordinator denies targeting opponents despite Bountygate suspension

Daryl Ruiter
September 13, 2019 - 12:20 pm

Berea, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams defended his honor Friday, a day after Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. accused him of targeting him in a 2017 preseason game and blamed him for a variety of injuries suffered since.

“Odell who?” Williams said, before adding, “That was a joke.”

Williams went on to defend his coaching style, claiming he has never targeted players while completely forgetting that he was suspended for a full year by the NFL for his role in ‘Bountygate,’ in which Saints defenders were financially rewarded for targeting and injuring opponents.

The league used audio evidence to determine Williams’ responsibility for the scheme, as well as punishment.

“We don’t do that,” Williams said. “Never done that anywhere I’ve been. We don’t do anything to hurt the team. it’s the No. 1 primary thing, if you’re committing penalties, you’re doing those type of things. We just don’t do it.”

Related – Odell Beckham Jr. says Gregg Williams targeted him in 2017 preseason game

Jets head coach Adam Gase defended Williams Friday.

“I haven’t seen that,” Gase said. “I’ve been in a lot of meetings. Everything has been about us. It’s been about playing fast, executing our assignments, effort, energy. I’ve never heard talk like that so I can’t say what [Beckham’s] saying because I never heard that.

“Everything I’ve heard from Gregg Williams and our staff has been the type of things that we want football to be played like. Everything I’ve seen, we’re coaching it clean.”

Williams also blamed the media for Beckham’s remarks becoming a story.

“You guys are giving him attention,” Williams said. “Just don’t give him attention.”

A reporter mentioned that Beckham is one of the most dynamic players in the league when Williams interjected, “That’s your opinion. What’s New York’s opinion? The Giants' opinion? What did the Giants do? So that’s not a question for me.”

Beckham was traded along with defensive end Olivier Vernon to the Browns in March.

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who is best friends with Beckham, believes it’s all part of Williams’ master plan that includes psychological warfare to beat them Monday night.

“A lot of things [he does] are psychological tactics,” Landry said. “Things he may know that you guys are going to ask us, or things he may know that we’ll see. He’s kinda putting it out there to have us be more aggressive than we actually would be, or out of our game.

“That’s why we got to ignore it. Those are the psychological things coaches can play against teams if you really buy into it or pay attention to it with what other people are saying.”

Williams, who led the Browns to a 5-3 mark in the second half of the 2018 season after being promoted to interim head coach, spent two years as the Browns defensive coordinator before joining the Jets after he was passed over for Cleveland’s head coaching job.

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