Tuck: Saints Gregg Williams Audio

By Mike Tuck
Host, Tuck & O'Neill

On Thursday morning, some disturbing new information about the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal came to light, as actual audio of a Gregg Williams pregame speech popped up on the Internet.

Documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon was following around the former Saints player Steve Gleason, who suffered from ALS.  During the final game of the season, he captured audio of Gregg Williams telling his players to injure members of the San Francisco 49ers, uploaded it to YouTube and passed it along to Yahoo Sports Michael Silver.

In the audio you can hear four of twelve minutes here, but it is packed with NSFW language .  Be advised.

Williams allegedly makes reference to a cash payment and repeatedly uses the word “kill” in addition to violent and intense language.

“At one 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 one. I got the first one. Go get it. Go lay that [expletive] out,'” Pamphilon told Silver.

Williams also made specific reference to 49ers running back Frank Gore and what we can only hope is a metaphorical decapitation.
“We’ve got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore ‘s head,” Williams said. “We want him running sideways. We … want … his … head … sideways.”

Williams catchphrase on defense is “kill the head and the body will die” — until he was busted for the bounty programs he (allegedly?) ran for multiple teams, it was viewed as a slightly crazy but effective motivational tactic.

Hearing it now, it takes on a completely different tone.

“We’re gonna swarm. We’re gonna dominate the line of scrimmage. And we’re gonna kill the [expletive] head. Every single one of you, before you get off the pile, affect the head … continue to touch and affect the head.”

Making matters worse is that he used all this language as late as the 2011 playoffs. Making matters (somehow) worse than that is what

Williams says about 49ers wideout and returner Kyle Williams, who had a history of concussion issues.  “We need to find out in the first two series of the game, the little wide receiver, No. 10, about his concussion,” Williams said. “We need to [expletive] put a lick on him, move him to decide. He needs to decide.”
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My take: Gregg Williams sounds the way most coaches sound when trying to fire up the troops to play a big game. Everything is exaggerated.  Everything is over-the-top and referencing real-life battles against monsters, warriors, and soldiers.  When he says about killing the head, referencing Frank Gore, I believe he means it as a metaphor that if they cut the head off the beast, they kill the beast.  Frank Gore is the what makes the Niners go, stop him, and you beat the Niners. Everything else just comes off as a challenge to the team to be physical.  To dominate.  To intimidate.
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Does it sound bad?  Hell yes, it sounds terrible.  I anticipate the reaction to it being unfavorable to Williams, Payton, and the Saints.  Do I think NFL players are going to be disturbed or upset by it?  Not even a little bit.  I believe those players have been hearing similar speeches from coaches since high school.

 

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