It’s the audio recording the football world is burning on. Its Gregg Williams putting the final nail in the bountygate scandal and it’s the moment that will officially end the old school ways of pro football.
What Williams said would be considered mild a few decades ago. A bygone era when illegal hits were both taught and encouraged. An era that will never again exist in a lawsuit happy world.
I’m not in any way giving Williams a pass for instructing his men to “kill the head”. However he is a defensive coordinator and it is his job to motivate grown men to sacrifice their bodies. Now at days that message apparently must be delivered in a more PC way.
Protecting the players has become the mantra of the new NFL. That means no more unnecessarily aggressive play, whatever that means. That means less contact in a contact sport, however that’s possible. That means men like Williams are being weeded out of the game, for better or worse.
For decades the Oakland Raiders ran on the platform of terror and physicality. Al Davis didn’t invent the approach, he only refined it. Until the NFL becomes two hand touch the game will remain a physical contest. A game in which the aggressor is rewarded.
Football isn’t going to change in nature. The men who play it and coach it will have to though. That is what the Gregg Williams audio ultimately means. Now coaches must be hyper aware of their surroundings when instructing their players. Fiery speeches have suddenly become evidence.
The times are changing and those that do not change with them will be sent to pasture. Gregg Williams is likely done as an NFL coach, his career boiled down to a warning for all others. Old school football is dead and bountygate killed it, for better or worse.