The Cold, Hard Football Facts are not pretty, folks: Williams has fielded some nice defenses. But he’s also fielded plenty of bad defenses. At the end of the day, he is what his team’s performances say he is: an average coach of average defenses.
In fact, he might have been below average before joining Drew Brees and Sean Payton in New Orleans. Before that 2009 season, teams went 94-98 with Williams on the sideline as head coach or defensive coordinator.
The Saints are the only team that has consistently won with Williams on the sideline: 37-11 in the regular season, plus a Super Bowl title in 2009. But the Cold, Hard Football Facts are pretty clear: those teams did not win because of their defenses. The Saints surrendered more than 344 yards per game in Williams' three seasons as DC.
In other words Williams is as Bryne says, "just another coach" who used an utterly unethical and potentially criminal scheme to improve his defenses. In the end, it appears to have been relatively unsuccessful despite what pundits say.
I hesitate to give any credence to CHFF but on the surface this makes sense. These guys are making from $300,000 to $8M a year. They are fighting on every play fortheir team, for their career, legacy, next contract, etc. There are no patsies in the NFL, no soft players. So why would an extra $1,000 motivate them to do smething they KNOW is wrong (in terms injuring a guy)? Bragging rights and highlight reel shots probably motivate these guys as much as the $1,000.
I'm not saying it isn't loathesome, and I had to convince my wife that even if they didn't succeed in injuring a bunch of guys, the bounty system unfairly tipped the competitive balance. (in other words, if a MLB steroid-taker only hits 10 HRs, is he innocent? He's still a cheat, just not an effective one.)
So the CHFF crude sampling certainly passes the sniff test for me--it may have provided a slight competitive advantage, just as the payouts provided a slight financial advantage. I'm sure that comforts Favre. Stll despicable. And wrong. And I hope they are immolated for it. And I take back my 2009 laments from SB and 18to88 that went something like "He was available--why couldn't WE have hired Williams!!!"
stupid way of looking at it, IMO. Give me the Ravens defensive talent and focus on spending for D and I look like a genius. Give me the Colts defensive talent and focus on spending on OFFENSIVE talent and I had better BE a genius. This is the same tunnel vision that says Brady is better than Peyton because of his rings.You have to dig below the surface for the truth.
I think his run in Tennessee is definitely better than average (team went 8-8, 8-8, 13-3, 13-3). In many ways the 2000 TItans defense was just as good as the 2000 Ravens defense.
But yeah, ever since then, he's been really, really overrated.