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Drew Brees: Gregg Williams sounded 'like a madman'

Drew Brees was one of the most vocal players to criticize the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal disciplinary process, and he continues to speak out.

During Brees' Wednesday appearance on NFL Network's "NFL AM", the Saints quarterback ripped Gregg Williams' tone and word choice as heard on the infamous audio tape.

"He sounds like a madman," Brees said about the Saints' former defensive coordinator. "He sounds reckless, careless. Even that rhetoric doesn't belong in the game."

Williams remains under an indefinite, NFL-imposed suspension, but has been given the green light to pursue NFL jobs. He likely will join the Tennessee Titans' staff in some capacity once his suspension is lifted,'s Ian Rapoport reported earlier this week.

While Brees does not approve of anything Williams said, the veteran quarterback did say that locker room talk can't always be taken literally.

"There's a lot of things that come out of people's mouths in the locker room, and on game day and in the heat of the moment. This year, even as I watched games, I heard plenty of stuff -- let's go knock these dudes out, let's go do this, do that. If you take it for face value and take it out of context, there'd be a lot of fines and suspensions getting thrown out.

"My point is, you've got to be able to separate rhetoric from intent. Can you measure intent? Can you say the New Orleans Saints or anybody else went out with the intent to seriously hurt somebody? No, I don't think you can. You can take an audio tape, you can take a microphone off the field and read into it all you want. But there's certain things about this game -- I don't know if you're ever going to eliminate guys talking crazy when they're all hyped up, ready to go hit somebody."

Brees didn't soften his stance regarding players around the league questioning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's credibility.

"I wouldn't back off of that because I know that that's true," Brees said. "I know that there are a lot of guys that look at some of the things the commissioner has done, the way that he's acted, and what seems to be at times maybe a knee-jerk reaction or perhaps maybe his intentions were a little different than what is kind of claimed to be. That's something that obviously we hope can change. We hope can get better.

"But I think the way the bounty allegations were handled, I thought was horrendous."

Goodell should find a way to make peace with Brees or eliminate some of his concerns. It can't be good public relations for the shield when one of the NFL's best-known good guys continually rips the commish in public.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.

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