Audiotapegate? Team meetinggate? Speechgate? What should we go with today? This audio tape is such garbage. It has produced the best faux outrage of any development in the bounty saga, and that’s saying a hell of a lot. When a guy named “QBKilla” on twitter started hollering about the most “egregious thing in the history of the game,” the hyperbolemeter quit working. “<<Error: hyperbole unmeasurable>>” The media are piling on, again, and boy, isn’t the timing perfect. Shut up. Everyone just stop it. Stop pretending every new development is shocking. The only thing shocking about the Gregg Williams audio was just how bad Gregg Williams was at pregame speeches. Jesus. No wonder our defense sucked. “Uninspiring” is an understatement.
Realize something: I’m not saying that I like what Gregg Williams says in the video. That needs to be made clear. If you can’t win a game without targeting another players freakin’ ACLs, you probably aren’t doing your job very well (and we all know the quality of Williams’s work over the last two years). Sure, it happens a lot. The Giants targeted concussions specifically within a week of this speech, it was reported heavily, and nothing happened. Bounties have existed for years; just turn on NFL network for a few minutes and I’m sure you’ll see a pretty lame Top Ten countdown glorifying them in some way between ridiculously-long commercial breaks. That said, no amount of history or the existence of any culture excuses Williams’s speech. He was out of control, a lunatic – and I’m glad he is no longer in New Orleans. But he’s not the biggest piece of trash we’ve heard from in the last 24 hours. We’ll get to that soon.