Prior to final game, Gregg Williams urged Saints to injure 49ers
Prior to his final game as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, Gregg Williams stepped ahead of his players and urged them to physically hurt players on the 49ers.
Audio of Williams’ speech to the Saints’ defense was captured by filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, who is operating on a documentary about former Saints player Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS. Pamphilon has put component of the audio of the profanity-filled speech on YouTube.
Pamphilon also passed on the audio to Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports since, he said, he was very uncomfortable with what Williams mentioned about attempting to hurt 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and other players. Williams, who masterminded the Saints’ bounty program, hinted that he would financially reward a Saints player who hurts a 49ers player.
“At one particular point Williams says, ‘We hit [expletive] Smith right there’ – then he points under his chin [and continues] – ‘remember me.’ Then he rubs his thumb against his index and middle fingers – the cash sign – and says, ‘I got the first 1. I got the very first one particular. Go get it. Go lay that [expletive] out,’” Pamphilon told Silver.
Williams has extended loved the phrase, “Kill the head and the body will die,” and he utilized that phrase in talking to his players. He also particularly told them to go for the head of 49ers running back Frank Gore.
“We’ve got to do almost everything in the planet to make sure we kill Frank Gore’s head,” Williams told his players. “We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways.”
Williams also talked about attempting to inflict a knee injury on 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree and referenced 49ers receiver Kyle Williams, who has had many concussions.
“We need to have to discover out in the initial two series of the game, the small wide receiver, No. ten, about his concussion,” Gregg Williams told his players about Kyle Williams. “We need to [expletive] place a lick on him, move him to make a decision. He demands to choose.”
Gregg Williams has already been indefinitely suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. This audio could make it challenging for Williams ever to get reinstated. This is the smoking gun that makes crystal clear that Williams wanted his players not just to play tough, physical defense, but to injure their opponents.
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