At first listen I didn’t hear anything that Gregg Williams said in the released audio of his bounty instructions that I hadn’t heard a million times playing high-school football. The coach stood at the front of his defense and pointed out the best players on their team and as he put it, “you remove the head of…” and the team will fail. Yes, my high-school coaches said the same thing about our opposition.
Hell in one game I heard the opposing coach tell his offensive players to take me out of the game.
As the audio continued (you can listen below if you haven’t heard it), I realized that this was more than simply dropping a ton of “F-bomb” on the defensive players, and it began to escalate beyond hitting a certain player harder than others. It became taking out a player who had a history of concussions. It became going after the ACL of another player. It became, quite frankly, disgusting.
The audio file says nothing of the bounty money that was promised to players as a reward but the fact that Williams or any coach would tell his players to knock out opposing team members by any means other than solid hitting and tackling is appalling. Williams went so far as to tell his players that each should get a hit on the other players as they come off the pile following a tackle. Williams did apparently point to his chin referencing hitting 49’er QB Alex Smith in the head and rubbed his thumb and fingers together to imply “money”. The video below does not include images.
Williams reportedly won’t appeal his suspension that is indefinite and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will have a hard time re-instating him after this season is over as this audio likely only touches the surface of what the NFL knows and we do not.