A man who spent a lot of time hearing defensive coaches give speeches is former Giants LB Carl Banks, as he went through a long career with the team, including 2 Super Bowl wins. He spoke about the speech Gregg Williams is attributed to, and saying that a lot of it is normal stuff that you hear.
And that, is scary.
“The tenor of the speech is not uncommon on a Saturday night before a game,” Banks told the Daily News Thursday. “Some of the stuff was over the line, but 90-95% was what you would hear within most (defensive) rooms.”
For anyone that hasn’t heard the speech, you can hear it at our post here. In it, we hear Williams speak of going after Frank Gore, and to target Michael Crabtree’s knee, among other things. He made repeated references to the phrase, “kill the head, the body will die”.
According to Banks, this was a coach getting his guys “riled up”, that this is all “coach speak”.
Banks did feel that commenting on Kyle Williams’ ACL was over the line, but mentions the fact that they didn’t really go after him during the game.
Here is Banks’ take on some of the other comments.
“The Kyle Williams concussion thing, that’s their game,” he said. “Look, if he comes back from a concussion, the goal is not to give him a concussion. It’s, ‘Let’s put some shots on him.’ See if he’s timid. See if he’s fully recovered.
“If a running back has a bad ankle, you want to hit him and see if he can cut. If he’s not effective, his coach is going to pull him out.”