Proof that "kill the head" has been in use with the NFL before Gregg Williams' speech

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Jan 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams prior to the game against the Detroit Lions in the 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

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.

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  • larryjames836

    People’s lies to cover themselves the NFL knows that sound KILL THE HEAD, THE TAIL WILL DIE. Been around the league for decades and a lot of teams used these same words, like I said its not about bounty program. It’s about who hosting the Super Bowl in 2013 the New Orleans Saints are a threat to the NFL teams. They know New Orleans Saints is unstoppable so the NFL commissioner may as well use those same words, Kill the head, tail willl die. Because this is what Roger Goodell did to the New Orleans Saints suspend the head coach Sean Payton the others will die. Fans its not about bounty program its all about the Super Bowl all of this is a big scandal against the Saints for know reason. If all this was about pay – for – performance, or pay – for – injuries and the NFL had solid evidences people’s all this mess would have been over with don’t fool yourselves. Its what the NFL want the fans to think you can’t judge what you don’t have but the truth going to be told

  • JamesMorse

    …I knew it! ***WHO-DAT’?!!!***

  • larryjames836

    @JamesMorse; A lot of people’s thank I’m tripping man everything started falling apart for the New Orleans Saints in 2012. NFL commissioner suspended the head coach, assistant coach, and the GM Mickey Loomis then some of the players plus robbed the Saints for 500,000 dollars. Now the New Orleans Saints having problems with Drew Brees signing his contract the NFLPA asking Roger Goodell to check the Saints Organization out to see if they talking to Brees in good faith. Trying to give the Saints more problems backing Drew Brees in the tags issue so I’m wondering if these three are working together the NFL, NFLPA, and Drew Brees against the New Orleans Saints. All of this is strange Brees refuse contract talk so JamesMorse tell what you thank about all this mess.