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"A lot of people would say that's not tough. I don't perceive it that way," Williams said. "He understands he's the lifeblood of that team and without him being on the field, their chances of winning go down.
"It shows how smart he is," Williams added a moment later. "I wish he was a little dumber. And I wish he would stand in there and take some of those hits."
Good luck with that. Even as Williams was scheming how to get his rushers and crushers into the Colts backfield, Manning was following his tracks. Williams worked as a head coach in Buffalo, and as an assistant or coordinator for the Titans, Redskins and Jaguars before joining New Orleans this season.
"There's a lot of film out there," Manning said. "But this is an unfamiliar opponent, this is a first-year defensive coordinator, so previous games against the Saints don't apply. So I do think you need to get yourself familiar.
"Is there a certain amount, a number of games? I don't really have a set number, but the looks they give you are multiple, so it will take some time. And as you're watching them," Manning said, "they might do none of this. They may come out and play something totally different."
Williams promised to try.
"I tried to talk to every single coach that's coached against him in the division, outside the division. We talked and shared some ideas. Our scheme, kind of the way we do things, is to keep things on the move, anyway, and make him do as much as we can after the snap, not before it.
"If he can figure what you're going to do before the snap," Williams said ruefully, "he's even more deadly."
Count on it.
"I am still studying," Manning said. "I am still learning."
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