Georgia players and coaches react to Shawn Williams ’soft defense’ comments

ATHENS — Reaction to the incendiary comments from Georgia safety Shawn Williams about the Bulldogs “soft” defense and what players should be playing and how much fell mostly into two categories on Tuesday: One, there was a level of truth in what he said and, two, according to coaches and teammates, it was no big deal.

Overall Williams’ comments were considered as a motivational ploy by an impassioned player.

“I think Shawn is just a real passionate guy,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “He loves Georgia and loves his team and wants us to play the best we can possibly play. . . . I think it was more public than you’d like. But, I mean, I really don’t think he meant any harm by it. I really don’t. I think his teammates know that and so it’s really not an issue.”

Williams told reporters after Monday night’s practice he thought Georgia is “playing too soft as a defense. That goes for the D-line, linebackers, corners, safeties, everybody. We’re just not playing with the same …

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