Since filmmaker Sean Pamphilon released the audio of Gregg Williams pre-game speech where he said that if you “kill the head and the body will die” many think he invented the term. Not so according to some nice footage from NFL Network.
After the audio was released, some current and former players vilified the term claiming malicious intent. Others actually said that this was a common term used in football for years.
In all seriousness, this term is also referred to as “cutting the head off the viper”. It’s simple, take out the main power source or asset of anything and whatever follows is useless.
Take the motor out of a car, it’s not going anywhere. The CPU of a computer catches a virus or is damaged, then the monitor and keyboard might as well be a paperweight. Destroy a person’s reputation and their credibility is gone. It’s not malice, it’s common sense.
With Williams, his intent was simple. Alter the way a player thinks inducing hesitation, or better yet an entire offensive unit’s ability to operate, then the opponent’s game-plan begins to crumble.
This obviously was a philosophy of not just one NFL team according to what I saw on NFL Network on Saturday. The series “Hey Rookie Welcome to the NFL” was on and I gave it a once over.