ST. LOUIS — Gregg Williams admitted that he has a large collection of old NFL playbooks, but he called a claim by a former player that Williams used a stolen playbook to help the Tennessee Titans beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1999 AFC championship game "a joke."
Former Jaguars defensive end Renaldo Wynn told SportsRadio 610 in Houston two weeeks ago during the Super Bowl XLVIII that the Titans beat the Jaguars in the 1999 AFC title game because Williams had the team's playbook.
Wynn said he learned about it from Williams when he later played under the defensive coordinator.
Williams scoffed at Wynn's accusions, saying that he had the playbooks for every team.
"You know the first time Buddy Ryan ever had a playbook is when I was his young assistant and it's one of my most treasured playbooks," Williams said. "George Allen's is one of my most treasured playbooks. Every time a free agent walks in a building, he gives you the playbook.
"That's just part of it. We all have everybody's playbook and that was really a joke story."
Williams said you can see an opponent's playbook simply by watching game film.
"When you turn the film on, do you have their playbook?" Williams said. "When you match the audio to the thing, do you have the playbook? How much traction did 'Omaha' get when (Broncos quarterback) Peyton (Manning) said, 'Omaha' 46 times one game on TV? What's that mean? It doesn't mean anything.
"We're coaches, we understand football and don't need anybody else's playbook to go about teaching what we're getting ready to do. I do collect playbooks. I love to collect playbooks. I love to read and see those types of things."
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