- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 7, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The last time Gregg Williams addressed the media, the Washington Redskins were preparing for a playoff game in Seattle, LaVar Arrington and Ryan Clark were starters and Andre Carter and Adam Archuleta weren’t on his mind.

In Williams’ first public comments in almost four months, the assistant head coach/defense raved yesterday about the offseason additions of cornerbacks coach Jerry Gray, defensive end Carter and safety Archuleta while also expressing confidence in troubled safety Sean Taylor.

“The acclimation phase is over,” said Williams, who’s heading into his third season in Washington. “The organization is really in tune from a personnel department and the coaching department on what kind of players we like. You can get by with lesser ability as long as they’re smart and tough and they’ve got good character.”

Williams has no problems with Taylor’s character even though the 23-year-old is facing up to 46 years in a Florida prison on three felony assault counts and one misdemeanor battery count.

“I don’t have any concerns about Sean at all,” Williams said. “There are going to be a lot of apologies [when the case is resolved]. The young man has handled things so well. He has matured.”

Williams said having Gray, who played and coached for him previously, will allow the Redskins to employ their cornerbacks even more creatively, adding to the number of defensive packages.

“We had to do some things personnel-wise in the offseason and we’ve done that,” Williams said. “We’ve got a real good chemistry in the organization right now, a real good chemistry on the defensive side of the ball.”

David Elfin

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