Williams Audio: ‘Kill The Head The Body Will Die’

On Jan. 26, 2010, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has since admitted to administering a bounty program within the New Orleans Saints defense, appeared on Nashville’s 3 Hour Lunch radio show on 104.5 The Zone to discuss the upcoming Super Bowl between the Saints and the Indianapolis Colts while extolling the finer points of his coaching philosophy.

(Exactly What Appears To Have Happened)

Below is a short montage of audio excerpts from the WGFX-FM interview accompanied by video of some of the more notorious hits on star NFL quarterbacks made by defenses coordinated by Williams over the years.

During the interview, 104.5 The Zone co-host Blaine Bishop said to Williams, “You may the first coordinator to have knocked out three Hall of Famers.

In response, Williams said, “I sure hope so, you know how that is Blaine. I’m not going to apologize for it either .. You kill the head the body will die.

Bishop was a defensive player coached by Williams from 1993-2000 when both were with the Tennessee Titans.

Williams was also asked by 104.5 The Zone 3 Hour Lunch co-host Clay Travis if he had cautioned the Saints defense about roughing Peyton Manning in the upcoming Super Bowl after the New Orleans defense coordinated by Williams was flagged and later fined for multiple personal fouls against Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in the NFC Championship game the week before.

In response, Williams said, “I’m not going to worry about that and here’s the deal. When you put too much of that type of worry on a warrior’s mind, he doesn’t play all out. If it (personal foul on the quarterback) happens it happens. The only thing you’d like for me to say is if it happens you hope he doesn’t get back up and play again.”

After the response by the Saints defensive coordinator, Travis said, “wow.”

Audio of the complete, 17-minute interview involving Williams and WGFX-FM 3 Hour Lunch co-hosts Bishop, Travis and Brent Dougherty can be found here.

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Photo Booth: Tressel Makes NFL Debut For Colts

Sunday for their game in New Orleans against the Saints, the Indianapolis Colts were finally able to debut their highly-anticipated expert on reliving bad calls: ex-Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel.

Photo of Jim Tressel in replay at Colts game

(Credit: NBC Sports)

Jim Irsay’s timing couldn’t have been more impeccable.

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Ingram: Trent Richardson’s ‘Humble’ Life Coach

During Saturday’s ESPNU telecast of the Alabama-Vanderbilt football game, ESPN’s Clay Matvick reported that Trent Richardson told the ESPN announcer before the game that Mark Ingram, “taught him humility.” ESPN game analyst Brian Griese later added that Richardson told him that he still speaks with Ingram “two or three times a week.”

(Was ‘classless’ Ingram’ taunting ‘Supercam?)

If the above play taken from the Saints-Panthers game aired on FOX the next day is any indication, it appears Ingram has been teaching Richardson about NCAA rules compliance too.

Mark Ingram, Tom Al-Betar, Julio Jones and Trent Richardson Inside T-Town Menswear in 2010

But you already knew that.

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Bush: Returning Heisman ‘Not Admission Of Guilt’

Reggie Bush spoke to the New Orleans media after Saints practice today and further addressed his forfeiting the Heisman Trophy earlier this week.

(Audio of Bush comments below)

When asked if relinquishing the award was an “admission of guilt”, Bush said:

“It’s definitely not an admission of guilt. It’s me showing my respect to the Heisman Trophy and to the people who come before me and the people who come after me. You’re going to keep hearing the same thing because that’s what it is. It’s not an admission of guilt it’s me feeling like this is the best thing for me and the Heisman Trust right now.”

Bush added that his mother and stepfather, Denise and LaMar Griffin, did not want him to return the Heisman Trophy.

“It’s the motherly and fatherly nature of parents. But they understand at the end of the day. That I’m a grown man and I got to make my own decisions and this is a learning experience and for anybody else coming after me.”

It was Bush’s mother and stepfather who, by the use of a San Diego home provided by sports marketing agent Michael Michaels, rendered Bush retroactively ineligible for the 2005 USC football season. Read more…

Bush On Returning Heisman: ‘It’s Not My Choice’

Before he practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, Reggie Bush addressed a Tuesday Yahoo Sports report that the Heisman Trophy Trust would “relieve” him of its 2005 award before the end of September.

Vince Young and Reggie Bush after Bush won the Heisman Trophy

(Heisman Trust reportedly will meet Tuesday to “formally discuss” Bush award)

Bush said of the Yahoo report and the possibility of him returning the Heisman Trophy:

“If I’m not mistaken, I think the Heisman Trust people released a statement saying that whatever was said yesterday was inaccurate. So that’s where we’re at. I think at this point it’s kind of out of my hands. … It’s not my decision anymore. It’s not my choice.”

Bush declined to comment on if he’d met with the Heisman Trust recently. Yahoo reported Tuesday that he had previously met with Heisman Trustees as part of the award organization’s investigaton into his conduct while playing for the USC Trojans.

Bush claimed Wednesday that the Heisman controversy was the furthest thing from his mind:

“I’m not even thinking about that. I haven’t gone that far. Here we are the day before the biggest game of the new season [the Saints play host to the Vikings in the NFL opener Thursday], and that’s where my focus is…

“I’ve said all I want to say, and everything else has to play itself out. It’s an unfortunate situation for everybody, including the kids at USC.

Lane Kiffin is a good friend of mine, and we speak on occasion. But I haven’t spoken to anybody regarding this specific stuff, whether it’s the violations or the Heisman stuff.”

Heisman Trust Executive Director Rob Whalen and President William Dockery each released a statement yesterday saying that the organization has not yet made a decision on the status of Bush’s Heisman Trophy.

The Trust reportedly will have a “formal discussion” about the status of Bush’s award as part of a regularly-scheduled meeting next Tuesday. It would take a super majority (six out of eight Trustee votes) for Bush to be stripped of his Heisman Trophy.

Hall of Famer On N.O.: ‘Hit That Town Like Katrina’

Pro Football Weekly on TV is in its 22nd season in syndication. The Chicago-based show airs weekly throughout the NFL season and features analysis from PFW publisher/editor Hub Arkush, NFL Hall of Famer Dan Hampton and former Bears receiver Tom Waddle.

Dan Hampton makes Hurricane Katrina comment about New Orleans Saints

(Thank to Glenn Davis at Sports Grid for the tip)

During the show close this week, the panelists were supposed to give their prediction for the NFL’s Week 1 Minnesota Vikings-New Orleans Saints game.

Hampton though, never got to the Saints. Read more…

Suit: Zero Evidence Linking Payton To Drug Abuse

A civil lawsuit against the New Orleans Saints over constructive discharge (quitting under duress) was filed last Friday by the club’s former security director Geoff Santini.

Geoff Santini Lawsuit Against The Saints Includes Drug Claim Against Sean Payton

In the suit Santini cites an unnamed senior staff member, first reported by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk as head coach Sean Payton, being “distributed” prescription painkillers improperly from Saints head trainer Scottie Patton. (Page 2, Item 7)

Though he did not confirm that he was one of the individuals named in Santini’s lawsuit, in a statement today Payton denied ever improperly using prescription drugs.

I have reviewed Geoff Santini’s lawsuit and the unwarranted publicity it has received. I have never abused or stolen vicodin or any other medication.

In reading the 13-page Santini lawsuit filing, I also found no evidence cited by Santini suggesting Payton did anything wrong.

Though Payton is getting most of the media attention, the focus of Santini’s suit actually barely involves the Saints head coach. Instead, the thrust of the civil claim stems from videotape evidence that another senior Saints staff member, reportedly linebackers coach Joe Vitt, stole a total of 20 Vicodin pills from a team medical cabinet on April 29-30, 2009.

Santini then cites a subsequent, alleged coverup attempt by Saints officials on why those pills, and 110 others, went missing as the reason for his constructive discharge.

On June 23, 2009, Santini reported the evidence of the misappropriation of prescription meds by the Saints, with approval from team General Manager Mickey Loomis, to the U.S. Attorney’s Eastern District of Louisiana office. 11 months later, with no criminal charges brought against any member of the Saints organization, Santini filed a civil suit against the club last Friday.

Though Florio at Pro Football Talk reports that before Santini sued the team, he offered to drop all claims against the club for a seven-figure payout.

Multiple sources tell us that, before filing suit, Santini requested payment in the amount of $2 million in exchange for a full and complete settlement of his claims. … As we understand it, the Saints did not respond to the opening demand.

Per our sources, Santini’s counsel, Donald Hyatt, eventually offered to make a bottom-line, non-negotiable demand. The number was significantly lower than $2 million, and possibly less than $1 million.

In response, no offer came from the Saints.

That said, we’ve picked up indications that the Saints were trying on Friday to put together a package in the low six figures.

From the amount of material evidence supporting Santini’s claim of prescription drug abuse and a subsequent effort within the organization to cover it up, it isn’t hard to figure out why the Saints aren’t settling - and the Feds haven’t brought charges against any member of the club.

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Screw Dat: New Orleans Owner Remains No Saint

The aftermath of the Super Bowl victory by the New Orleans Saints was a delightfully amusing experience for me. Not because of Saints improbable triumph on the field, but the stupefyingly revisionist reporting about team owner Tom Benson.

Despite his constant threats the past two decades to move the NFL team out of New Orleans, including less-than-subtle hints after Hurricane Katrina, Benson was largely lauded by team staffers, media and league officials for his staunch stewardship of the franchise and loyalty to Lousiana and Saints fans.Of course, nothing could be further from the truth, and I’m happy to report that Benson is back to his old ways, using the goodwill of the Super Bowl victory as cover to blow out 1,200 longtime Saints season seat holders in favor of luxury suites. Oh yeah, and he’s also raising ticket prices. Again.
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Saints Parade To Have Blasphemic Boob Embargo

TMZ.com reports during today’s Saints Victory Parade at 5pm ET, the New Orleans Police Dept. has been instructed by city officials that “anyone seen exchanging nudity for beads can expect a big, fat summons … or even a trip to the slammer.

New Orleans Saints Parade Boob Flasher

(*Bullhorn*: Put your weapon(s) down madame)

So with boobs not being tolerated, is one to assume that city officials will also be precluded from parade festivities?

Saints Performed a Miracle For New Orlea BOOB

Please god.

New Orleans Saints Boobs


Other unnecessaries:

Super Bowl Gay

Morning after buzzkill:

Bourbon Street Morning After Super Bowl

Now for the real reason Dwight Freeney was ineffective last night:

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