Gregg Williams has been painted as a rogue leader who didn't view injuring the opposition as off-limits in the pursuit of victory.
"He was the softest coach I've been around," said Chidi Ahanotu, a 12-year NFL veteran who played under Williams with the Buffalo Bills in 2002. "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."
Gregg Williams ... soft? There have been reports of a "bounty"-type program in Buffalo as well, which would lead one to venture Williams wasn't a teddy bear in Orchard Park, either. That said, Ahanotu wonders if a need to compete led Williams to change his approach in later years.
"He was very cerebral, almost to a fault," Ahanotu said. "He always talked about these complex things. It was like, 'Man, can we just line up and play football.' That's how I always felt with him. I was only there for one year with him and coaches always develop and change. Maybe this is what he changed to."