Saturday, April 7, 2012

Party Foul: Gregg Williams

Violation: The speech that Gregg Williams gave to the New Orleans Saints defense before their playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Explanation: Documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon recently released an audio recording of the defensive coordinator's speech before the 2011 playoff game. Williams repeatedly mentioned attacking the heads of 49er players, specifically wanting to see Frank Gore's head turn "sideways" and Michael Crabtree's ACL to be "snapped." Of course, these statements are undoubtedly violent, but they don't necessarily warrant the party foul here. To be honest, I don't see much wrong with the "bounty program" because I truly believe it happens in football locker rooms all across the country -- from high school to college to the NFL. Commissioner Goodell just wanted to make an example out of the Saints. However, the stupefying thing about this whole Gregg Williams story is the fact that he knew he was under investigation at the time. League officials were in the room, listening to his every word. I mean, seriously? How much more cocky can you get? Williams is the prototypical example of a guy with a conceited sense of entitlement thinking that the rules don't apply to him (see Jerry Sandusky and Bobby Petrino).

Punishment: His NFL career is basically over, but I'm quite certain he will find a job in college football or something. I don't know much about him in regards to his abilities to coach, but I just wish he could be banned from the sport altogether; not because of the bounty program he ran in New Orleans but because of how stupid he is.

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Concerning the bounty programs, I think what happens in locker rooms all across the country are incentives. It's one thing to reward a guy for a sack, INT, or a good, clean hit, but it's something else entirely to tell your players to go after a guy's ACL. Hyperbole? You could argue that, but at the same time, you gotta know when to draw the line.

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