Georgia’s Mike Gilliard: ‘I felt disrespected and, yes, I definitely took it personally’

Linebacker Mike Gillard, here tackling a Florida Atlantic player, was not at all happy about Shawn Williams' characterization of his play at inside linebacker. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Linebacker Mike Gillard, here tackling a Florida Atlantic player, was not at all happy about Shawn Williams' characterization of his play at inside linebacker. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

ATHENS — OK, here are a few addendum’s from Tuesday’s post-practice interview opportunities. Todd Grantham, Mike Gilliard and Jarvis Jones talked about Shawn Williams’ comments on the defense and a few other things. So here they are kind of raw and unabridged:

SENIOR LINEBACKER MIKE GILLIARD:

On Williams’ remarks about Amarlo Herrera being the better linebacker . . .

“As a man, I wasn’t hurt at all. I felt disrespected. And, yes, I definitely took it personally. Today in the linebackers meeting, I stood up and told them, ‘no disrespect to Amarlo and Ogletree, but when I read that I felt disrespected and I’ll definitely taking it personally. But there’s no issue between me and Shawn Williams. All it is is fuel for the fire and basically its given me motivation to go out there and give 100 percent. And that’s what I did today. You can ask any of my teammates. I was upset today at practice today any time the ball came my way I tried to knock the [expletive] out of him.”

On the response of the defense to Williams’ remarks. . .

“He called us out. Us as linebackers and asa defense as a whole, we’ve just got to deliver. This week, that’s what I plan to do. You best believe whoever’s carrying the ball, I’m gonna know the (expletive) out of them.”

On talking to Williams on Tuesday . . .

“He told me it was nothing person. Then again, by saying their names, he said my name without saying my name. I took that personal. I feel like when another man calls me soft, he’s disrespecting my manhood. So all I can do is go out there and deliver. It just gave me motivation. You best believe, on Saturday I’m going to be ready. And as a defense as a whole, we had a great practice. We flew around the ball, tried to hit hard. That’s what we’re going to continue to do for the rest of the week.”

On how he might have handled . . .

“Me, personally, I never would have told the media something like that. I’d keep it in-house and talk to the defense. I would have sat down and talked to the defense and tried to resolve the issue then and there.  But there’s not going to be any issues after this right here. It’s just if another man calls me soft, I’m gonna show him there ain’t nothing sweet around here.”

JUNIOR OUTSIDE LINEBACKER JARVIS JONES

On Williams’ remarks . . .

“Everybody knows Shawn is a very passionate guy. He loves this game of football. Looking back at last year and this year, we’re playing down a level and not executing like we’re supposed to. I feel like that woke a lot of guys up. Guys understand where he’s coming from and definitely respect him. It wasn’t like he was throwing anybody under the bus, coaches or anything like that. Personally, me and a lot of other guys feel like it was just a challenge for us to go out there and just re-focus ourselves and get back on the right track and play the defense we’re known for playing and that’s smash-mouth football . Last year that’s the kind of football we played and that’s what Shawn is looking for, the team that played hard, that ran to the ball, that hit people, that got sacks and turnovers. Obviously we haven’t been that team and that’s what he wants to get back to.”

Has the controversy had an effect . . .

“Oh, yeah. Guys were turned up on both sides of the ball. They really pushed themselves to get better. I definitely think we got better in a lot of area today. Guys were giving everything they had as far as the mental stage and physical.

How might he have handled it . . .

“I’m more of a quiet guy; I’m not that vocal. I probably would have just called my defense in together and talked about it. But sometimes you have to look into different ways to get your team’s attention. Shawn was coming from the heart with it. He definitely got our attention. So we’ve just got to look past the negativity of it and what other people think. We understand where Shawn’s coming from. We’re a brotherhood here. We’ve just got to keep grinding and keep getting better this week.

“I know what kind of guy Shawn is and I know how he meant it. He’s just challenging us to get better and just push ourselves physically and mentally.”

On practicing Tuesday after sitting out since Oct. 6 with an ankle injury . . .

“It was good to get out there and move around a little bit,” said Jones, who hasn’t played since injuring his right ankle against South Carolina on Oct. 6. “Everybody’s working hard and focusing, and it was good to get back out there with the guys. I feel good right now. It’s just Tuesday, and I’m still getting better.”

DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR TODD GRANTHAM

On Williams’ comments . . .

“It’s no big deal. Shawn’s a passionate guy. He cares about the way he plays and the way the other guys plays. I think it was probably taken a little bit out of context from the way he meant it in some ways. But really you’ve got a guy who wants to win and cares about his players and he’s ready to move on.”

On whether he had any advance notice from Williams . . .

“Shawn and I are pretty close and we talk. He’s a guy who wants us to play well and physical and do those kinds of things. So, you know, I don’t know.”

On Williams making lineup suggestions . . .

“Players have opinions. Everybody’s got their opinion. I have my opinion about (reporters), too.”

On how he addressed the situation with defense . . .

“We always have meetings before practice as a team. I let him have the floor for a couple of minutes and basically explain what he meant and what he cares about. The most important thing is getting ready to play Florida and it’s really not an issue. So we moved on with practice. “

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Soft coach, soft schedule

October 23rd, 2012
10:11 pm

Gilliard a baller…..Robinson on he other hand?

d

October 23rd, 2012
10:13 pm

Hopefully they show up Saturday

Big Crimson 75

October 23rd, 2012
10:18 pm

This is actually good stuff for the dogs heading to Jax.
If the Coaches can’t fire em up, it’s up to the Players.

drbasic1

October 23rd, 2012
10:19 pm

lets see it pay off saturday, words don’t mean jack sh%%, put it into action!

Dylan

October 23rd, 2012
10:19 pm

Nobody on the defense should feel “disprespected.” Nothing Shawn Williams said was false. I would’ve left individual names out, but what he said was true. Looking forward to Saturday! Go Dawgs!

Snowman

October 23rd, 2012
10:19 pm

My confidence level just rose a little bit.

lol

October 23rd, 2012
10:20 pm

if you a nice little boy, mark richt will continues playing you. If you marry his sister, he will hire you and continue paying until the whole school piss off. Mark Richt, the softest man in college football.

beanster

October 23rd, 2012
10:23 pm

Sounds great Mike Gilliard. Just make sure it’s legal. But by all means, knock the ever living expletive out those damn Gators.

Natureboy809

October 23rd, 2012
10:23 pm

If you really want to blame someone, blame our staff. Why does it take something like this to light a fire under their @ss and get them to practice & play hard? I thought that’s what we’re paying this staff $6-$7 million to do?

QB

October 23rd, 2012
10:31 pm

Thats what I want to hear Gilliard come 3:30pm saturday I hope the defense come out like a pack of wild dawgs on the hunt and show no mercy for no one not in a red jersey. If it aint a red jersey knock the **** out of them!

Cracka Dawg

October 23rd, 2012
10:31 pm

Players r players period… We gotta bunch of lazy fat Defensive line that gets pushed around… They may not realize it but everytime you plays is a job evaluation/interview with NFL teams….

BigDawg

October 23rd, 2012
10:38 pm

C’mon man! Time to hunker down & get some Gator tail, win or else this year is done & off to some crappy bowl game. Sic Em, quit talking & start barking! Woof Woof Woof

Fed Up

October 23rd, 2012
10:38 pm

Why do these players that have a faith-based HC use profanity with the press?

Fed Up

October 23rd, 2012
10:42 pm

Again, UGA is lucky that they can back into the SEC title game after losing to one of the two tough SEC teams that they have to play. (No LSU/Bama or even Mississippi State)

They will probably beat UF and make it to Atlanta, only to get rushed by Bama….

beanster

October 23rd, 2012
10:42 pm

#35’s response: (Expletive) that, I’ll show you (expletives) who is soft. I’ll knock the (expletive) out of anyone who comes my way

compared to …

#45’s response: I took an introspective look into myself and decided it wasn’t my fault. And then I justified my play by thinking of a bible verse that will make me feel better about letting my teammates down with my play. I am not mad. We’re a team. And in my vast experience of 4 years on this team having reached the ripe old age of 22, I’ve learned I can make an excuse for any of my shortcomings and it’s okay. The coach really likes me. I’ll get to play regardless of how I perform out there. I am a CMR “favorite”.

nobody

October 23rd, 2012
10:43 pm

Im hoping these directs quotes were a mistake by Chip and not by Mike. This grammar is awful. With that said, this is pathetic. You had a legit shot at winning an SEC Title at the beginning of the year and THAT wasnt enough to motivate you?

Hard Truth Soldier

October 23rd, 2012
10:45 pm

A shake up, to wake up! Glad somebody spoke HARDTRUTH. What he should’ve said was how is it that we get these top ten classes(avg 8th nationally over the last five years) and can’t get them prepared. As I watched the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night, and looked at Atkins, Green, Roland, Boling, Geathers, and Charles, all on one team, it made me shake my head to realize all that talent(plus Pittsburgh Punter) coming through this program and we still can’t win Big. Then Monday comes and I see STAFFORD and TIM JENNINGS. All these guys in the Mark Richt era.. Coach Richt, You may be a good man, but you ain’t producing Nat’l Champs. Please Leave now!!!!!!!!!

Blake

October 23rd, 2012
10:45 pm

Bottom line….. if they turn this into a positive and play like they’re capable, they can beat anyone. Florida plays solid D and makes good halftime adjustments. They are not unbeatable. USC fell into the same trap as UGA did when they visited them in Columbia. They got down early on the road to a top ten school and it snowballed on them. UGA has underperformed this year, but they are not 28 points worse than USC, just like USC isn’t 33 points worse than Florida. The fact is, talent wise, all three of these teams are very even. It looks like UGA doesn’t stand a chance this weekend, but something like this could spark that something that they needed to turn things around. Fact is this, win out and you’re going to Atlanta with an 11-1 record, top 5 ranking, and an outside shot at a national championship. Just win, and no one will care or remember what happened in the first half of the season. This is the redemption game for UGA. All the talk of 0-10 or whatever it is against the top ten the last few years will all be squashed. All the talk of Murray never winning a meaningful game will be squashed and all the talk of UGA being overrated will be squashed. Just win baby! Go Dawgs! It’s redemption time!

True Dawg

October 23rd, 2012
10:45 pm

Shut up and do something about it. I don’t know… like go out on Saturday and prove him wrong. If you can’t, well then maybe he was right. It’s your call Mike.

dale

October 23rd, 2012
10:45 pm

Just more pregame talk. Talk talk talk. As America has seen, talking tough and flexing in the mirror all summer doesn’t amount to squat on Saturdays.

beanster

October 23rd, 2012
10:46 pm

@ Fed Up — OH NO! A football player using a cuss word? Especially when he’s angry and upset? Why I never could imagine such a thing. Certainly they never ever cuss any other time.

JRW7

October 23rd, 2012
10:49 pm

This DAWG team needs some emotion to play the game, CMR does not have any, and that’s what’s wrong with this team. College football is about the emotion, the desire to win, and that’s why I love it! GO DAWGS!

James K Polk

October 23rd, 2012
10:53 pm

Looks like Gilliard got his feelings hurt. Good. As for his interview, all I hear is talk, talk, talk. Hit someone Saturday and I’ll be a believer.

Something I’ve noticed…Richt, Grantham, and Jones all said the same exact thing about this…it was almost verbatim. It makes me think Richt planned this from the beginning. Of course, that would make him smarter than I think he is. Someone needed to call SOMEBODY out. We have to grow a pair as a team, coaching staff, and defense. We are neutered dawgs.

Dawg Fud

October 23rd, 2012
10:58 pm

Hate to admit it but I have zero confidence in Coach Richt and the staff right now.

JRW7

October 23rd, 2012
11:00 pm

This DAWG team has took on the personality of CMR, no emotion, no desire to win, no passion for the game, CMR is so ho hum! No wonder this Dawg team does not Play with any emotion! DAWGS, we need that emotion, the burning desire to win, the passion for the game, GO DAWGS! Beat the Gators!

beanster

October 23rd, 2012
11:03 pm

@ Fmr Pres Polk — Do you really think that the responses from anyone, be it player, coach, or water girl, are not scripted?

James K Polk

October 23rd, 2012
11:15 pm

No, not most of them, anyway. Especially not for a spontaneous comment by Williams…IF it was spontaneous. Gilliard’s comments were certainly not scripted. Maybe it’s an “end zone celebration” type of thing Richt cooked up. However, like I said, I don’t think Richt is smart enough to do something like this. Though, I can’t believe he was smart enough to think up the “end zone celebration” against Florida in 2007, either. That was brilliant, which is so out of character for Richt. He’s hardly ever brilliant.

Bulldawg

October 23rd, 2012
11:18 pm

This defense has been soft all season. I’m glad somebody stepped up and started calling people out. UGA has been lacking vocal leadership for several years now. It would be nice to see the D play up to its true potential for once.

beanster

October 23rd, 2012
11:24 pm

Really? It seems like every interview, presser, what have you, we are given extremely vanilla, guarded, predictable, scripted responses. How many times have we heard “If we just do what we’re supposed to do, we’ll be fine.” From CMR, to CTG, to Murray, to #45, it’s the same old story week after week. I am not necessarily faulting them for this, however, rarely if ever do I think we get the real truth straight from the horse’s mouth.

Gilliard certainly wasn’t coached to say what he said, but when was the last time you heard or saw a quote from Gilliard? He doesn’t get the microphone for a reason, namely, because the staff isn’t sure he knows how to toe the “company” line.

Old Violin

October 23rd, 2012
11:24 pm

If you’re ugly and someone calls you ugly, you have to live with it ! You can try to get some facial surgery, clean yourself up, but you’re probably still gonna be ugly. If you’re playing soft, you have a chance to do something about that ! If you get all fired up in practice and then go soft in the game, you’re exactly what you were called “Soft”. Does it make us mad when someone calls us out ? Yes, and if it don’t then you stay a softy ! When someone holds it out there for all the world to see, then don’t blame them for calling it like they see it….Florida definately thinks you’re softies and have already said as much…..so it’s your choice, go to Jacksonville and play hard or come back feeling like a softie……I think you have the team to do it with, but it won’t be easy……Me, I’ll be watching the game, hoping the Dawgs kick some butt, and hoping they brought their A game with them…Go Dawgs

L.A. BULLDAWG

October 23rd, 2012
11:41 pm

CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF, I THINK THIS IS HEALTHY! SOMETIMES, YOU NEED TO GET HIT IN THE MOUTH BY A TEAMMATE, TO GET REFOCUSED! THE “GATORS” ARE IN TROUBLE!

James K Polk

October 23rd, 2012
11:41 pm

That’s just it, it seems as if the coaches and Jones (a team leader) were a bit too simpatico on this. It’s one thing to be vanilla and sound the same about topics that you have known were coming for a while, but this is a bit too quick. Why would any collaboration go on after the fact? Especially without Gilliard being in on it? I think the collaboration may have come BEFORE the fact. If that’s true, I’ve actually gained a tiny morsal of respect for Richt. It’s just a little strange.

pop

October 23rd, 2012
11:41 pm

its about time somebody told the truth about the softy defense the dawgs are playing they cant even stop a high school team from running all over them if they dont like being called soft then step up and do something about it let the real junk-yard mouth smashing dawgs show up sat

Rick James

October 23rd, 2012
11:47 pm

If Robinson and Gillard dont like what Shawn Willian said then show us Saturday he was wrong.

Sylvester Boulder

October 23rd, 2012
11:56 pm

I was thinking a couple of days ago about Pat Dye thinking Georgia wasn’t “man enough” to beat Alabama several years ago and how that fired up the team. It occurred to me you could accuse this team of not being man enough, either.

oldfart

October 24th, 2012
12:00 am

I think Shawn Williams is the one that better put up or shut up Saturday. And only between the lines and between the whistles for a change. Running his mouth after the plays and after the game prove nothing.

Macclenny_dawg

October 24th, 2012
12:10 am

Amazing that the players can see other guys are not getting the job done but coaches can’t!!! I think we need to start recruiting some of these team captains from high school that can motivate cause the coaches aren’t getting it done!!! I am just glad to see some emotion coming from somebody!!! Man Up!!! It just amazes me that the players called out now says they are gonna hit somebody!!! Half the season gone and words from your team mates now make you have a attitude change. Poor coaching period!!! SICK OF RICHT!!!

beanster

October 24th, 2012
12:14 am

I think you’re making it more complex than it is (or was). “That’s just Shawn being Shawn.” is totally vanilla to me and could easily have been conveyed as the team’s on the record response Tuesday, before the reporters showed up. Actually, I am fairly sure that is the truth, that Shawn Williams probably does fly off at the mouth on occasion, and to his teammates and coaches, his statements weren’t that out of the ordinary. This was just a rare opportunity that the senior, projected high draft pick, was “allowed” to speak to reporters with recorders rolling. Rambo still isn’t afforded such opportunities.

CTowers — please feel free to confirm or deny the above assumptions, for the sake of clarification if anything ;-)

Under The Bleachers

October 24th, 2012
12:45 am

These guys are actually dumber than I thought.

We all knew Ogletree is a real dim bulb, but what happens Williams misses a tackle or gets beat?
I know if I were one of the guys he ‘left out by name’ I would turn around say something.

This team is splintered and the IQ Level is about on the same level as their Brownie mixing skills.

Dawg-Gawn

October 24th, 2012
12:56 am

I think I heard Jeff Driskil call both Shawn Williams and Michael Gillard a sorry son of Siberian sheep shearing yellow-belly sap-sucking blue balled slowest softest dumbest players in the SEC and he was going to just run all over them!

Trey Burton said he would second that!!! Muschamp said he could out coach & out-boom Grantham any day (*_~)!

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible”

“Phi Beta Gata”

“Fan-Up”

“Stick with Richt”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Draggin' Fly

October 24th, 2012
1:05 am

“If your enemy is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is in superior strength, evade him. If your opponent is temperamental, seek to irritate him. Pretend to be weak, that he may grow arrogant. If he is taking his ease, give him no rest. If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject are in accord, put division between them. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected.” ― Sun Tzu

GATA

Columbus

October 24th, 2012
1:25 am

THANK YOU SHAWN WILLIAMS!

And to Grantham too if he had a role!

Go Dawgs! Whip them lizards this saturday!

Columbus

October 24th, 2012
1:40 am

Love it Dawg-Gawn! Thats what im talking bout baby! Support you team NOW.

IN EVERYTHING, IN EVERY WAY YOU CAN AND EVERY COACH AND PLAYER.

IT IS TIME TO UNITE AND DO AWAY WITH “ALL” NEGATIVITY AND ANIMOSITY AND DISAGREEMENT. UNITED WE STAND…..SUPPORT ALL OF THE TEAM. PLAYERS AND COACHES. THATS BEEN THE MAIN PROBLEM THE LAST FEW YEARS…..

UNITE BULLDOG NATION!

Bama Fan#2

October 24th, 2012
3:27 am

Williams was the player that started the mess with Vandys HC James
Franklin and Grantham last year!!

River Dawg

October 24th, 2012
3:54 am

So Gilliard needed Williams comments to motivate him to give 100%????? Shouldn’t he be giving 100% without those comments ? If a player is not giving his best effort at every practice and every game he should be riding the pine.

Maybe all the pre-season hype has the Georgia players thinking the oposition will just lay down for them???? Here’s news for the players, beating a team such as UGA is a feather in any teams’ cap, no one is going to lay down. Maybe the Dawgs were over rated before the season started and now the real Dawgs are showing up ? I hope not and that the Dawgs will come out Saturday with fire in their belly, determination in their minds and a love of football in their hearts and spank some Gator a$$!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jwpave

October 24th, 2012
4:26 am

It is amazing that you need something like this to motivate the team. As my father always says, talk is cheap. Let’s see if the coaches and players can lay it all out on the field for a full 60 minutes Saturday and compete and win a game against a good team. This is not the Florida teams of old where you felt there was a “schematic” and talent difference on both sides of the ball. UGA has just as much talent as Fla so it really comes down to a choice of whether they want to pay the price with a good week of practice and then translate this to the game on Saturday.

No. 1 Braves Fan

October 24th, 2012
5:05 am

Looks like this incident has stirred up the team and fan base. I don`t know if it was preplanned or not, but its probably not going to affect the outcome of the Florida game anyway. I don`t believe Florida is as good as the are rated and I believe the UGA defense is better than it has played so far. UGA 24 UF 10.

Dawgman

October 24th, 2012
5:09 am

Shawn had to say it, if your feel offended then you know it’s true. why were they not practicing as hard before the comments. or before that 35-7 a$$ whopping? Wake up dawgs and dawg coaches, to much talent to always be in this situation. Either win, or pack it up!

dockta

October 24th, 2012
5:19 am

I am not even a coach at UGA but I could see a big difference in the play when the two pot smokers came back in after being sat out for x number of games. Nothing against pot but———-in general UGAs defense seems a bit slow—-they let teams run up and down the field like they do not want to get hurt or get dirty——————–just sayin folks—-bottom line–if GA does not show up Saturday its going to be a blow out of 30 or more points———–end of story.