Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/16/14

In the National Football League, there is a line not to be crossed, or to better put it: get caught. Even worse is to have solid proof, like someone telling and facts falling in place.

In this era of audio and video everywhere, the most damning is when the people hear it from the horse’s mouth.

Audio of Gregg Williams giving a pre-game speech to his defensive troops, directing them to “Kill the head of Frank Gore and Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers,” and “Take out the outside ACL" of Michael Crabtree, also of the 49ers, has cemented Williams’s cold, calculating image of a butcher acting like a coach.

Now, defensive coordinators do speak to their players and most of what Williams said was normal coach speak.

However, the targeted goals of going after the heads of Gore and Smith, along with specific instructions to go challenge Crabtree by going after his ACL, shows direct intent. In a final nail in the coffin moment, William states “the first one is on him.”

Williams sounded like a warlord instructing his troops to draw blood early and often. The chilling coldness of his voice and demeanor while imploring that his players injure for the sake of a win. Nevermind the fact that the players are human beings who have families, and this is how they make their living. After 60 minutes, life goes on, it can't be that serious.

Most of all, it was the last game they played in the 2011 divisional playoffs vs. the San Francisco 49ers, so it wasn’t some old archaic tape from some other era. This was as recent as yesterday in terms of the NFL.

It’s going to be hard for Williams to come back from this one,. He had a chance, but now with the tape and the knowledge that he and the Saints were warned, the savage nature solidifies the brutal nature of the bounties.

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