In the wake of the Saints bounty scandal, and the release of the now-infamous audio recording of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ pregame speech, we’ve heard from a few old Cowboys who say that--aside from getting into specifics, like the instructions to attack an opposing players’ knees--the speech wasn’t all that different from what they’d hear during their playing days.
However, they also made clear that this is a different era in football--an idea that is supported by DeMarcus Ware’s reaction to the scandal during a recent interview with the NFL Network.
"No, I've never had a coach say something like that,'' Ware said of the recording, per the Dallas Morning News. "It's a whole different deal. You talk about interceptions, fumble recoveries, who gets the first knock down or batted pass, but not go after a head or ACL or bite them or whatever you want to do. Nothing like that."
Unlike Michael Irvin, though--who was one of those who remarked on the audio shortly after its release--Ware doesn’t believe BountyGate should necessarily mean a lifetime ban for Williams.
“Everybody makes mistakes in life and sometimes you just have to forgive and just keep moving on,” he said. “The players can forgive and I think the world should be able to forgive him too, but sometimes things just take a little bit of time. Just have to keep moving.”
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