If Michael Irvin had heard a speech similar to the now-infamous Gregg Williams speech during his playing career, he might not have been that shocked by it. But (a), he understands that it’s a different day in the NFL and (b), even in his day, talking about targeting opposing players’ knees was a no-no. And it’s for these reasons that Irvin doesn’t believe Williams should be allowed back in the NFL.
“If you have that same speech minus the ACL stuff, four years ago, I’m not saying a word because that’s what it was. We talked like that--take somebody out, take somebody out," Irvin said in an interview with the NFL Network recently, via the Dallas Morning News.
“Since you were a baby you’ve understood never to take out a man’s knees, and on this tape he’s talking about taking out an ACL. I almost threw up when I heard it. It pulled back any covers that I may have had for a coach. If he is out of the league forever--forever--it would only be the right thing to do.”
The league has yet to make a decision on Williams’ future--for now, he’s suspended indefinitely--but judging by the other suspensions, including a year for head coach Sean Payton, the league isn’t likely to take it easy on the former defensive coordinator.
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