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Renaldo Wynn says Gregg Williams stole Jags’ playbook in 1999


Super Bowl week tends to dredge up some potent claims of wrongdoing from years gone by.

Six years ago, the Patriots had to deal with a false report that they had videotaped the Rams’ walk-through before the Super Bowl played six years earlier. Last year, former Raiders receiver Tim Brown suggested that former Raiders coach Bill Callahan threw Super Bowl XXXVII as a favor to his former boss, Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

Now, former Jaguars defensive end Renaldo Wynn claims that the Titans’ upset of Jacksonville in the 1999 AFC title game resulted from former Tennessee defensive coordinator Gregg Williams doing something far worse than having a bounty program.

“You know why we fell short in that AFC Championship game?” Wynn told Mike Meltser and Seth Payne of SportsRadio 610 in Houston on Friday. “After that I ended up getting coached by Gregg Williams. . . . First thing he said when he came in the door was, ‘Hey, you know why you lost?’ With a lot of other explicit words with that. He said he had our playbook. Greg Williams had our playbook. Our game-plan on offense. [He] had our playbook.”

Wynn, who played 13 seasons in the NFL with four different teams, said the process continued, but he didn’t provide details.

“I know how he got them,” Wynn said, presumably regarding his mutual stint with Williams in Washington. “He started getting playbooks when I was with him.”

It’s a potential bombshell, if it can be proven. And if it can be proven, Williams could once again be the former Rams defensive coordinator before he ever actually coaches the team.