More likely, the problem is that Williams has done too much screaming -- at the wrong times, over the wrong issues.">

More likely, the problem is that Williams has done too much screaming -- at the wrong times, over the wrong issues.">

NFL Gobbling Up 'Nice-Guy' Williams

Here's something overheard on the radio recently: <P><P> "Maybe Gregg Williams has to stop being so nice. He should start screaming at the players when they make mistakes." <P><P> More likely, the problem is that Williams has done too much screaming -- at the wrong times, over the wrong issues.

He reminds me of my daughter's second-grade teacher. She yelled at the children so much that before these holidays arrived, they already had ceased paying attention and tuned out her shouts like so much white noise in the background or raucous noise on the playground.

Similarly, after hearing Williams' profane rants that players hadn't gone to sign autographs at training camp, or were making too much noise inside the Fieldhouse during a mini-camp, could those players still be paying much attention now that Williams really has something to yell about?

There are times during games when some perceived injustice against his team, perhaps an official's adverse call, causes him to go ballistic on the sidelines. And, no, it's not an "over-officious jerk" reference. I know Marv Levy, and Gregg Williams is no Marv Levy.

The bottom line seems to be that in losing control of himself, Williams is losing control of his team. The result of that process, it seems more certain every day, is that he will be losing his job.

Who's in charge here? If we listen to his carefully orchestrated post-game comments, it's that nebulous "execution." He's kind of blaming his players, but not quite by name. The bottom line comes back to the head coach.

After all, who's in charge of teaching how to execute plays?

Who came in heralding himself and his staff as teachers? Let's just hope they don't get tenure.

Who takes the blame for the colossal blunder of accepting a penalty in the final minute against Houston, when the time that could have been saved by not replaying the down would have been more valuable? Yeah, as if the offense could have scored anyway.

Who was being overly dramatic in saying the Bills had a better chance of finishing the second half of this season 2-6 than going 6-2 and reaching the playoffs? Oh, that was I. But after they've started their stretch run -- more properly, their stretch retreat -- 0-3, 2-6 seems pretty close to on the mark.

The Bills and the talk-show callers no doubt will be blaming Antoine Winfield for "giving up" because of his comment that even if the team wins its final five games, it still won't be going to any playoffs. That's the price one player pays for simply being honest. But you can't believe everything you hear on the radio. What do those callers know anyway? And it's not as if the hosts are giving them much informed guidance.

Speaking of guidance, when we look at Buffalo's quarterback mess and see Tim Hasselbeck starting for the Redskins, don't we wonder why the Bills never even bothered taking him to training camp? Don't give me any excuses about Travis Brown's injury. He's no more part of the solution than Mike Cawley or Phil Stambaugh would have been.

Today is a day for everyone who still has a job at One Bills Drive to give thanks. Now, please pass the Gre … I mean, the turkey.

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