EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Nearly a week after Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer referenced the "history" of St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after a late hit to quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Williams had his chance to respond Friday afternoon.
For the most part, Williams declined to address Zimmer's comments specifically.
"We're on to Chicago right now and I'm not worried about that," Williams said. "The things that go on in our game ... no matter where I'm at, we're going to play faster, smarter, tougher, for longer than any opponent. That's all I'm going to say."
Rams cornerback Lamarcus Joyner hit Bridgewater as he slid on a run in the third quarter. Joyner's elbow hit Bridgewater in the head as he went to the ground, causing Bridgewater's head to hit the ground. Bridgewater left the game with a concussion and did not return.
The NFL fined Joyner $23,152 for the hit on Thursday.
After Minnesota's 21-18 win, Zimmer made it clear he was unhappy with the Rams and Williams, in particular.
"I do know there is a history there with their defensive coordinator," Zimmer told reporters after the game. "I'll leave it at that."
Williams was at the center of a bounty scandal involving the New Orleans Saints, which got him suspended from the league in 2012.
That the hit happened against Minnesota brought out a lot of old feelings, for it was the 2010 NFC Championship Game when the Saints angered the Vikings with repeated low hits on then-quarterback Brett Favre. That game was one of the primary reasons for the ensuing investigation that led to Williams' suspension.
Asked whether it bothered him that Zimmer would bring up something from years ago, Williams took the opportunity to defend Joyner instead.
"The whole thing on that is that's long, long ago and penalties are down since I got here," Williams said. "And everywhere I've been, we don't like to do those type of things. But I will make one comment on Lamarcus Joyner: He is exactly what I want to coach.
"If you guys break that play down, you'll see that Teddy tries to shimmy a little bit like he's going to run for extra yardage and then lays down. Lamarcus was just trying to tackle him. That's the bam-bam part of the play. Those things come up. He's aggressive. If anything he's almost trying to avoid the contact. Those are things that come up and just part of our game."
Williams then reiterated that he has no intention of coaching his players differently moving forward.
"We're going to play the game through the echo of the whistle," Williams said. "That's how we've always done it. We're going to play the game that way. There's nothing that I could ever hold these guys back.
"I spent my life trying to speed up decisions, speed up players, get them to play harder, get them to play faster. When bam-bam on something like that happens, that's just the speed of the game. It's easy to see in slow motion, it's easy to say about all those kind of things, but when you are really playing in the game, it's a different world out there. It's a vastly different world."