Former five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. went off on New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams during his appearance on NFL Network following a Thursday Night Game between the Jets and the Denver Broncos.
The Jets defense committed six personal fouls and 2005 Comeback Player of the Year Smith said it wasn't a coincidence. Last year, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. claimed Jets defensive coordinator Williams "coaches dirty plays."
A year later, Smith, who spent 15 years in the NFL, said he knows Williams very well and what he is about. "What I’m talking about is straight Gregg Williams,” Smith Sr. said, per the Jets Wire - USA Today.
“Wherever he goes, the nonsense follows. That’s how he runs his defense and that’s how he does it, straight up. I’m not saying you have to believe me. I’m saying I’m willing to put myself out there and call a spade a spade.
That’s what he’s done. That’s who he is. That’s what he preaches. “That’s what he wants his players on defense to be. … His defense is about that BS. That’s how he coaches them. That’s how he influences them”.
Smith compared Jets defensive coordinator Williams to a pig
"Until something changes, I see it for what it is,” Smith Sr. said. “If it smells like a pig, it looks like a pig, and it’s oinking? Then guess what, my friend, it’s a pig”.
After the final play of the game, Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio pulled his players off the field and it appeared that he didn't shake hands with Jets coach Adam Gase. The Broncos beat the Jets 37-28 and Denver players were disturbed after the Jets defense delivered some cheap shots when the game was after the reach.
When asked to clarify why he decided to pull his players off the field immediately after the final whistle, Broncos coach Fangio said his players were disturbed and he didn't want them to get into an on-field altercation with the Jets.
"Well, there just was a couple personal fouls there at the end, and our sideline was getting pissed off about it,'' Fangio said, per ESPN. "And I just wanted to avoid any confrontation at the end of the game and having it get ugly there.
So, I tried to get our guys to leave quickly, just to avoid anything happening there. I thought it was the prudent thing to do."