04-05-2012, 10:46 AM
GREGG WILLIAMS TOLD NEW ORLEANS SAINTS HURT SAN FRANCISCO SPEECH (http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7778005/gregg-williams-told-new-orleans-saints-hurt-san-francisco-49ers-speech)

"On the day that members of the Saints' brass will have their appeals heard
for their roles in New Orleans' bounty system, damning audio has been released
of Gregg Williams, the man who orchestrated the program, instructing his players
to injure <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/sf/san-francisco-49ers">San Francisco
49ers</a> players in their wild-card playoff game last season.

Williams, the Saints' former defensive coordinator, did not appeal his
indefinite suspension by the NFL. As first reported by Yahoo! Sports (http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ms-silver_gregg_williams_speech_saints_49ers_bounty_0 40412), documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, who directed
the ESPN 30 for 30 film "Run Ricky Run," has released an audio recording that he
says is a speech Williams gave to Saints defensive players the night before the
team lost to the 49ers in a playoff game in January.</p>

The sample audio recording in just under 4 minutes long. The full speech is
12 minutes long, according to Pamphilon.</p>

Pamphilon was following the Saints last season while working on a documentary
featuring former Saints special teams player Steve Gleason (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/2529/steve-gleason), who is currently battling Lou
Gehrig's disease.</p>

Williams can be heard in the audio recording instructing his defensive
players to injure quarterback Alex Smith (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8416/alex-smith), running back Frank Gore (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/8479/frank-gore), tight end Vernon Davis (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/9592/vernon-davis) and receivers Michael Crabtree (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/12563/michael-crabtree) and Kyle Williams (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/13488/kyle-williams).</p>

According to Pamphilon, Gregg Williams pointed to his chin while telling his
players to hit Niners quarterback Alex Smith "right there" and says "Remember
me. I got the first one. I got the first one. Go get it. Go lay that
m----------- out."</p>

Williams uses one of his favorite slogans in the speech: "Kill the head and
the body will die."</p>

On Gore: "We've got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank
Gore's head. We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways." </p>

On running back Kendall Hunter (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/_/id/14159/kendall-hunter): "Little 32, we're going to
knock the f--- out of him."</p>

On Smith: "Every single one of you, before you get off the pile, affect the
head. Early, affect the head. Continue, touch and hit the head."</p>

On Kyle Williams: "We need to find out in the first two series of the game,
that little wide receiver, No. 10, about his concussion. We need to f------ put
a lick on him right now. He needs to decide. He needs to f------ decide."</p>

On Crabtree: "We need to decide whether Crabtree wants to be a fake-*** prima
donna, or he wants to be a tough guy. We need to find out. He becomes human when
we f------ take out that outside ACL."</p>

On Davis: "We need to decide how many times we can bull rush and and we can
f------ put Vernon Davis' ankles over the pile."</p>

When asked by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter for comment on Williams's speech
to the Saints the night before their January playoff game vs. the 49ers, NFL
spokesman Greg Aiello would not comment other than to reiterate that the Saints
had been warned, saying "note for background these graphs from our March 21
press release announcing the discipline for Saints management."</p>

The NFL had warned the Saints before the playoffs began that it had re-opened
its investigation into the team's bounty program and the incentive program
needed to be stopped but that warning apparently was ignored. </p>

Pamphilon told Yahoo! Sports that he decided to release the audio because
Williams' words, especially about Kyle Williams' concussion history, made him
uncomfortable. The film project he is currently working on, "The United States
of Football" he told Yahoo!, "looks at the media's effect upon the way the game
is played and celebrated, the proper coaching mentality and the effect of
concussions and repetitive head trauma."</p>

"The thing that really got me was when he said the thing about No. 10 and
concussions. I thought, 'Did he just say that?' That was the red flag for me.
And then the comments by the Giants made it hit home even harder."</p>

Giants players had said after their win over San Francisco in the NFC
Championship Game that they had targeted Kyle Williams as someone who might
fumble on big hits because of his history of concussions.</p>

Despite Gregg Williams' tough talk, the 49ers defeated the Saints in a 36-32
shootout in what turned out to be his last game as New Orleans' defensive
coordinator. He left the team to become the St. Louis Rams (http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/stl/st-louis-rams)'
defensive coordinator before the NFL's penalties were announced.</p>

At the time of the league's ruling, Williams apologized and said he took full
responsibility for his actions.</p>

Saints coach Sean Payton (suspended for one year), general manager Mickey
Loomis (eight games) and assistant head coach Joe Vitt (six games) will have
their appeals heard Thursday morning.</p>

Loomis and Vitt were at the league offices in New York on Thursday morning,
with coach Payton to arrive later in the day.</p>

The Saints were also fined $500,000 and were forced to forfeit second-round
picks in the 2012 and '13 drafts. Discipline for some of the Saints players
involved is forthcoming. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and league security met
with NFL Players Association officials on Monday to discuss the investigation
and possible penalties."</p>


04-05-2012, 11:23 AM
He is a piece of ****. Plain and simple

04-05-2012, 12:45 PM
I wonder if he will be allowed to coach in the NFL ever again

04-05-2012, 12:51 PM
I wonder if he will be allowed to coach in the NFL ever again</P>

He should be http://i43.tinypic.com/2vwwcgj.jpgfor life</P>

04-05-2012, 01:07 PM
As the details seep out, it doesn't look any more likely Goodell will consider leniency

04-05-2012, 07:27 PM

Pierre Thomas of the Saints getting knocked early in the playoff game vs. SF.