Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 4/5/12
Gregg Williams offered cash for hitting San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith in the head during the 2011 NFC playoffs, and also implored New Orleans Saints defenders to exploit previous injuries by 49ers players, according to a report Thursday. Already under an NFL investigation into bounties heading into his final game as the Saints' defensive coordinator, Williams allegedly instructed players to target the heads of 49ers running back Frank Gore and receiver/kick returner Kyle Williams, the knees/ACL of receiver Michael Crabtree's ACL and the ankles of star tight end Vernon Davis, according to audio recordings, Yahoo Sports reported. Documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon told the website that he was working on an unrelated subject when he was privy to Williams' speech "At one point Williams says, 'We hit (expletive) Smith right there' -- then he points under his chin (and continues) -- 'remember me,' " Pamphilon recounted to Yahoo Sports. "Then he rubs his thumb against his index and middle fingers -- the cash sign -- and says, 'I got the first one. I got the first one. Go get it. Go lay that (expletive) out.' " The report surfaced hours before Saints officials, including coach Sean Payton, were scheduled to appeal their penalties Thursday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York. Williams, who left the Saints to join the Rams during the offseason, chose not to appeal his indefinite suspension. It was not immediately clear whether NFL officials were aware of the 12-minute speech cited by Pamphilon when the commissioner announced his penalties. That speech at the team's hotel near the San Francisco Airport, given the night before the 49ers scored a 36-32 victory over the Saints in the NFC Divisional Round, also included Williams referring to Gore by telling players, "Kill the head, the body will die," the website reported. "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." Pamphilon had access to various team functions for much of the 2011 season while working on a project about former Saints player Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS. Pamphilon has released an audio recording of the speech on his website and said he believes "there's no doubt at all" that Williams put a bounty on Smith in the meeting, Yahoo Sports reported.
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