This really does not have to be long, this piece, because there's nothing much you are going to disagree with. Not after you have read, and the quotes are coming, what NFL asst. coach Gregg Williams told his players.
Here's the deal: Williams should never be allowed to coach in the NFL again. A message that strong needs to be sent. His manner of approaching winning football games is barbaric, it's not something any league should ever condone nor something we'd want children to think is even close to being acceptable.
Not only did he offer bounties on players while the defensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints, he told players to go out there and badly injure players on the opposition, to hit them in the head, knees, wherever they could that would hurt them bad. Saints head coach, Sean Payton has been suspended for a year for putting bounties on players (he's appealing that ruling) but Williams went farther.
Williams told NFL players to deliberately injure
Here's some of it: "Kill the head, the body will die," he rants about hitting San Francisco QB Alex Smith before the Saints met, and lost, to the 49ers in the playoffs last January. "We've got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill (49'ers running back) Frank Gore's head. We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways."
There's more, but you get the drift . The audio of the tirade from Williams happened to be taped by a documentary filmmaker in the locker as part of the making a doc on a former Saint, Steve Gleason, who now has ALS. Gleason is actually upset that the filmmaker, Sean Pamphilon, released the tape.
That's understandable, he'd not want to be a part of breaking the sports code that says what happens in the dressing room stays there. But we should be happy with Pamphilon because without him we'd never know and it would continue.
Gregg Williams suspended from NFL
There is honor in sport and preaching purposeful harm to opponents is not honorable. The great ones want the other team to have their best players on the field, they want to be challenged by the best and to beat the best. It does not require great skill to ram someone's head into turf to try and knock them out of a game. If that became the rule of thumb, sports would degenerate into a series of vicious plays, football nothing more than brutal tackles and the stretcher would be a regular feature of each game.
Since this all came out Williams, once the head coach of the Buffalo Bills and who had signed as an assistant with the St. Louis Rams this off-season, has been suspended by the NFL. No word as yet for how long he's barred from coaching but we are hoping he's gone for life.
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