Everybody has something to say about Gregg Williams. Audio released Thursday revealed the former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator urged his defense to target and injure specific 49ers players in January’s NFC divisional playoff tilt. Since the sound went viral, members of the NFL community has come out of the woodwork to provide their take on the matter: The opinions vary, but another ex-Giants linebacker, Antonio Pierce, agrees with Banks. Williams’ speech was nothing new for NFL meeting rooms.
When Steve Spagnuolo was asked to discuss the personnel of the Saints’ defense back in January, he wisely called an audible. Just days on the job, he told Times-Picayune colleague James Varney that he hadn’t had time to properly evaluate the team’s personnel to talk about the unit he would soon be coordinating.
The NFL’s bounty scandal has become a hot topic in sports, especially after New Orleans Saints’ assistant coach Gregg Williams was heard on tape apparently offering his team bonuses to injure opposing players. Today, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian talked to former All-Pro quarterback Kurt Warner, one of the men who was targeted. Warner was not happy.
Filmmaker Sean Pamphilon said he was within his contractual rights to go public with his recording of former Saintsdefensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging his players to injure top 49ers. Pamphilon was afforded behind-the-scenes access to the team last season through his partnership with Steve Gleason, who he was filming for a documentary on the former Saints special teams player’s struggle with ALS. Gleason subsequently criticized Pamphilon for breaking his and the team’s trust. He said their project was for private purposes only and he had not authorized the release of the now-infamous clip on the filmmaker’s personal website.
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman speculated about trading the No. 3 pick in this month’s NFL draft on Friday, Pro Football Weekly reported. It is widely expected that quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will be taken first and second when the draft commences on April 26 in New York.
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