So yesterday Sean Pamphilon released audio from the Saints' locker room before the playoff game versus the 49ers, basically "incriminating" Gregg Williams. It's embedded here, if you haven't yet seen it. My thoughts after the jump.Personally, there's only two or three elements of this speech that really rings alarm bells: the part about Michael Crabtree's ACL and the part about Vernon Davis's ankles. That's all.
The rest is part of pretty much every defensive coach's repertoire of speeches. Kill the head might seem extreme, but if you've ever played football at any level you know that football is as much a mind game as a physical one. If your opponent looks at you and shows fear, you've killed his head. You've won. If Frank Gore's head is on sideways, that means he's afraid to cross the line of scrimmage. He's afraid of contact.
Just like when quarterbacks get their asses kicked once or twice, they won't step up in the pocket. They'll constantly be looking over their shoulders in fear. Remember Big Ben against Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis? Those guys killed Big Ben's head. Simple.
Granted, taking out the ACL and snapping ankles is over the line. Those comments just shattered the line between nasty and dirty, a line we're all familiar with as Steelers fans. That is what should worry everyone.
I'm interested in hearing other perspectives. Thoughts?
(Also, an afterthought, Sean Pamphilon was videotaping for a documentary about Steve Gleason. If Gleason outright doesn't authorize the release of tape, does Pamphilon have the right to distribute it?)