Thursday morning brought word of a documentary filmmaker capturing audio of former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams urging his defenders to injure San Francisco 49ers players the night before January's NFC divisional playoff.
Yahoo! Sports first gained access to filmmaker Sean Pamphilon's audio recording, which captures Williams' 12-minute speech, littered with disturbing nuggets:
â¢ Williams told Saints players: "Kill the head, the body will die," a phrase Pamphilon viewed as a "metaphor," according to Silver's story. Williams reportedly branched off this to focus on 49ers running back Frank Gore: "We've got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore's head. We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways."
â¢ Williams turned to the concussion history of 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams: "We need to find out in the first two series of the game, the little wide receiver, No. 10, about his concussion. We need to (expletive) put a lick on him, move him to decide. He needs to decide."
â¢ On 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree: "We need to decide whether Crabtree wants to be a fake-ass prima donna or he wants to be a tough guy. We need to find that out, and he becomes human when you (expletive) take out that outside ACL."
â¢ Williams returned to Gore and 49ers tight end Vernon Davis: "We need to decide on how many times we can meet Frank Gore's head. We need to decide how many times we can bull rush and we can (expletive) clip Vernon Davis' ankles over the pile ... respect comes from them fearing us."
Pamphilon -- who denied NFL.com and NFL Network's request for an interview and declined to make available the full audio tape of Williams' speech -- watched the Saints-49ers game from the sideline and told Silver he didn't believe Williams' fiery speech led to actual harm to 49ers players.
"I was two feet behind the Saints' bench, and it looked like they were trying to kill each other every play," Pamphilon told Silver. "But I've watched about 15 NFL games from the sidelines, and I didn't see anything different in that game than I've seen in any other football game. To me, they're all trying to separate guys from the ball and all trying to get big hits that land them on 'SportsCenter' -- on every play."