St. Louis Rams suspended and former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams reportedly gave instructions for his team to go after certain members of the San Francisco 49ers offense when the teams met in the NFC Divisional Playoffs this past January.
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Williams has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his primary role in running a bounty program with the Saints. He had left the club to become the defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams, but won’t coach during the 2012 season as part of his penalty.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Williams made references to target 49ers running back Frank Gore, quarterback Alex Smith and wide receiver Michael Crabtree during a Saints team meeting the night before the contest.
Documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon revealed the remarks to Yahoo! Sports. Pamphilon was given access to the Saints during the 2011 season as he worked on a project that features former Saints special teams player Steve Gleason, who is battling ALS.
In the Yahoo! report, Williams’ speech included a reference to Gore, saying “Kill the head, the body will die. We’ve got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore’s head. We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways.”
Referring to Smith, according to the report, Williams points under his chin when he says “We hit [expletive] Smith right there. …Go lay that [expletive] out.”
Williams, in the report, also spoke about Crabtree when he said, “We need to decide whether Crabtree wants to be a fake-ass prima donna or he wants to be a tough guy. We need to find that out, and he becomes human when you [expletive] take out that outside ACL.”
The Yahoo! report said Pamphilon stressed that Saints head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis — both also suspended by the NFL — were not in the room during Williams’ speech.
Payton, who was suspended for the entire 2012 season, and Loomis, who incurred an eight-game penalty, are appealing their bans. Williams will not appeal.