New Orleans Saints’ Gregg Williams keeps it simple: Play hard, play fast

By Jeff Duncan, The Times-Picayune
November 29, 2009, 6:00AM

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton charged Gregg Williams with one task when he hired him last January. He asked Williams to change the attitude of his defense.

Mission accomplished. The Saints lead the league in three major defensive categories: takeaways, defensive pass efficiency rating and attitude adjustment.

In 10 months, Williams has overseen one of the most startling one-year transformations in recent league history.

“He’s really changed our attitude a lot, ” safety Chris Reis said. “You can see that by the way we play. It’s just a different mind-set altogether.”

The attitude overhaul was necessary. The Saints’ defensive roster returned largely intact. A makeover wasn’t contractually possible. Of the 25 defenders who made the roster out of camp, only six were newcomers.

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