Bounty Behavior Is Standard?
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Former Ravens linebacker Brad Jackson joins The Norris & Davis Show on Baltimore’s 105-7 THE FAN regularly to give opinion and commentary on the latest NFL news. On Monday the air was cleared regarding shocking audio from a pre-game speech by former New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams. Williams has been suspended from the NFL indefinitely for his role in the Saints bounty scandal. The most recent recordings make any appeal for Williams to work again seem like a long shot.
Co host Steve Davis started the interview asking, ‘Clearly he (Greg Williams) was saying ‘lets go get these guys concussions. Lets go attack the head.’ Is that normal operating procedure?’ Brad Jackson responded, ‘Well, the answer is: ‘Yes’ It may not be as graphic…but, you will hear ‘hey, he injured his knee last week. He’s on the injury report. He’s got a pad on his hand try to put your helmet on his hand. When you’re on the bottom of the pile rip his fingers back…’
Listen to the entire interview here:
Jackson’s comments are quite a contrast to those given by various current and former players that have recently joined the show stating that they would never intentionally try to hurt another player. Players are a band of brothers, of course. Part of an elite club, they say.
Many football fans (and texters to the show) tend to take Mr. Jackson’s side. After all, ‘The game of football is about imposing your will, taking the other man’s will,’ Jackson noted.
But, if he is accurate and the scandal is everyday rhetoric & behavior then why is Williams is being singled out? Why purge the league of a coach if this behavior is so common in NFL locker rooms. Jackson said, ‘The league set themselves up for this by not taking care of the players from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s & 90’s. There are a lot of lawsuits coming down the pipeline. So, now the commissioner and the NFL is trying to be proactive and go after the coaches and players.’