Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams should never be allowed to coach again. That's easy. But that's the least of it.
Williams' words as revealed on an audiotape released Thursday by documentarian Sean Pamphilon should provoke a much larger discussion about the culture of pro football.
And, please, elicit opinions and insights from the medical professionals.
No one disputes that the NFL is a violent, even brutal, contact (collision) sport. Nor should there be any doubt that elements of Williams' foam-frothing pregame speech have been repeated in locker rooms at all levels.
That's the point, though. That's where the conversation begins.
Somehow, what constitutes acceptable, aggressive tactics and excessive, unnecessary contact has to be more clearly defined. Athletes are taught to exploit a foe's weakness a sore shoulder, a bad hand, a loss of foot speed. But on the tape, Williams urges the Saints to go head hunting after the 49ers' Kyle Williams, specifically citing the wideout's previous concussions. That is beyond inexcusable. That is unconscionable.
Also puzzling is this: As the tape circulated, many current and former NFL players rationalized Gregg Williams' behavior as part of the game. What I want to know is how many of these players haven't suffered some degree of mental impairment from hits to the head?
ESPN's recent (and devastating) profile on former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon should be required viewing for rookies and veterans. And let the talks begin.
What to watch
Baseball, Giants at Arizona, CSNBA, ESPN2: Tim Lincecum kicks things off for San Francisco.
Should Gregg Williams be allowed to coach in the NFL again? Yes
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