BOUNTYGATE: Gregg Williams bounty audio released as Sean Payton, Loomis, Vitt, and New Orleans Saints to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for appeals
A speech recorded by a documentary filmmaker captures former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams imploring his players to injure specific San Francisco 49ers the night before January’s NFC divisional-round playoff game.
In the speech, a portion of which was captured by filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, Williams delivers a fiery, profanity-laced speech urging Saints players to inflict harm on several 49ers, including quarterback Alex Smith, running back Frank Gore, and wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Kyle Williams.
"At one point Williams says, ‘We hit (expletive) Smith right there’ — then he points under his chin (and continues) — ‘remember me,’ " Pamphilon told Michael Silver of 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.’ "
It’s unknown if the NFL got a hold of this audio during its investigation of the Saints’ "bounty" program. The NFL declined comment to NFL.com’s Steve Wyche on whether the audio recording in the Yahoo! story or any other information in the article was evidence it previously had or if it was new.
Pamphilon captured the footage while working on a film about former Saints special-teams player Steve Gleason, who suffers from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
Pamphilon released a statement to The Times-Picayune on Thursday in which he explained how the serious nature of the Saints’ "bounty" scandal prompted him to release the audio.
"If this story hadn’t broken and been made public, I would not have shared this," Pamphilon wrote, not explaining why he chose to release the sound when he did. "I would not have compromised my personal relationships and risked damaging Steve Gleason’s relationship with the Saints. I would have crafted these words and sentiments for another forum, perhaps years down the road."
Gleason, a source told Profootballtalk.com, plans to release a statement saying that Pamphilon was not authorized to publicize what he recorded
Pamphilon believes "there’s no doubt at all" that Williams placed a bounty on Smith. Pamphilon emphasized that Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis were not in the room during Williams’ speech.
Williams, now the St. Louis Rams‘ defensive coordinator, was suspended indefinitely by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the "bounty" program. He did not appeal the punishment.
Goodell will listen Thursday to appeals from the Saints ($500,000 fine, two lost draft picks), Payton (suspension for the 2012 season), Loomis (eight-game suspension), and assistant coach Joe Vitt (six-game suspension).
Loomis and Vitt arrived at NFL headquarters Thursday. Payton was scheduled to arrive later in the day for his appeal.
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NFL writer: Cowboys would be good fit for Carson Palmer and Reggie Bush
By Jon Machota / Special Contributor
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12:10 PM on Fri., Oct. 14, 2011
With Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline quickly approaching, Yahoo! Sports NFL writer Jason Cole listed 14 players who could be traded.
The group did not include any current Cowboys, which either means Jason Garrett and company have done a good job of trimming the fat or there aren’t many players on the roster that would fetch a decent return. The former would seem like the case.
Either way, the Cowboys were a good fit for three interesting names, and two were at the quarterback position. Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer and Carolina backup Jimmy Clausen were the two names.
Palmer would rather be retired than be a member of the Bengals and Clausen will only play for the Panthers if Cam Newton gets injured. Cole speculated that acquiring Palmer, a two-time Pro Bowler, would cost a third round pick. Cole called Clausen, a second round pick in 2010, a “marginal prospect.”
“The other (Carolina) players can’t stand him and he probably needs to go somewhere else,” Cole added. “If he fetches a fifth-round pick (a conditional seventh might be all) at this point, that’s a bonus.”
The other name and probably most intriguing is Miami running back Reggie Bush. The Dolphins traded for Bush in the off-season but have already discovered that he is not the answer to their running game. Bush has 40 carries for 119 yards this season.
“They really can’t maximize his value as a weapon in open-field situations,” Cole wrote about Miami’s relationship with Bush. “Throw in the fact that the Dolphins should be playing in the Suck For (Andrew) Luck sweepstakes and there is no reason to keep Bush. Send him to a contender.”
The Cowboys have released nearly half of their offensive starting lineup from last season and the roster continues to embrace a youth movement.
Head coach Jason Garrett seems to have his hand in on the changes, meaning he is part of the future.
It’s difficult to find scenarios that would force Jerry Jones to make a coaching change at the end of the 2011 season. However, one NFL writer says Garrett is a dark horse candidate for being on the hot seat.
“I know he just got hired and did very well after the mid-season firing of Wade Phillips ,” Yahoo.com’s Michael Silver said Monday. “I just wonder whether Jerry Jones’ heart was really in this hire. He reacted to the obvious bump in the Cowboys’ fortunes, but you can make the case that Jason Garrett was very much a part of the prior regime, which tanked.”
Silver recommended a possible successor to Garrett, but that head coach signed a contract extension Monday that will keep him in New Orleans through the 2015 season.
“If the Cowboys have another disappointing season,” Silver said, “with all those big names out there, and the possibility of maybe Sean Payton, if there’s a way to get him free, that would be a perfect match for both of those guys. So, watch out.”
TBAB Commentary: This Yahoo over at Yahoo! is an idiot. Any coaching shakeups in Dallas (after this season) will be position or coordinators below Garrett … not Garrett himself. Jerry Jones is very comfortable with his decision to elevate Jason Garrett. That Sean Payton ship sailed a long time ago. Silver is way off-base and completely out of touch. Yes, Jerry Jones’ window for success is short … but it’s not going to be a one-year trial. Jason Garrett will have an opportunity. He’ll make support staff changes, if and when that becomes necessary. If you keep up with Dallas at all … it’s clear that Jerry Jones stands fully behind Jason Garrett … has been supportive from the very beginning. Jason Garrett has been groomed for a number of years in Dallas. No way that Jerry Jones throws in the towel so quickly. Jerry Jones sees elements of several successful coaches within Garrett’s style … including Landry, Parcells, and Jimmy Johnson … all of which won Super Bowls … and earned reputations as team builders.