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Saints LB: Suspended Williams 'good for this league'

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10:43 AM ET 06.09 | Gregg Williams' name has been sullied, his reputation tarnished and his career cast into serious jeopardy in the wake of his alleged orchestration of a bounty/pay-for-performance program. But there's one place he remains beloved: the Saints' locker room. To a man, his former players rushed to defend the honor and name of their former coach, who was suspended indefinitely by Goodell. "People are going to say I'm wrong for saying this, but he's good for this league," linebacker Scott Shanle said.

New Orleans Times-Picayune

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June 9, 2012  10:47 AM ET

It's ok with an LB to put Drew Brees neck on the line, who do day dink is going to pay for Dat?

June 9, 2012  10:50 AM ET

The Saints players say they could go to war with Williams.

June 9, 2012  10:50 AM ET

I say lock Williams and the "Choirboy" in a room, let 'em fight it out.

June 9, 2012  10:51 AM ET
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It's ok with an LB to put Drew Brees neck on the line, who do day dink is going to pay for Dat?

Injury insurance.

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June 9, 2012  10:53 AM ET
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From time to time, football players stay stupid things.

Everyone says stupid things at times. Read a few comments here.

June 9, 2012  10:57 AM ET
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The Saints players say they could go to war with Williams.

They did and they lost. It was their defense that did them in .

June 9, 2012  10:58 AM ET

Alex smith would love to see him back in the League. Made him millions.

June 9, 2012  11:03 AM ET

Looks like somebody told the interns to get the "L" out.

June 9, 2012  11:04 AM ET
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The Saints players say they could go to war with Williams.

Yeah but would they lose those millions for him? I think not.

June 9, 2012  11:06 AM ET

Good in what way? as an example of what NOT to do?

June 9, 2012  11:14 AM ET
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Alex smith would love to see him back in the League. Made him millions.

This....

June 9, 2012  11:30 AM ET

He has been good for Youtube.

June 9, 2012  11:34 AM ET
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I say lock Williams and the "Choirboy" in a room, let 'em fight it out.

The "Choirboy" would kiss his mothalovin' arse up one side of the room and down the other, because while Williams is simply a knuckle-dragger with his own selfish interests, Choirboy is fighting for the future viability and financial health of the league.

The days of steel cage bloodsport are coming to a quick end. We (some of us) are the last generation who actually wants to watch three hours a weekend of guys being carried off crippled or dying of dementia at 47. There is no way the league can sustain an environment of unbridled, gratuitous violence. The game at its cleanest is already violent enough.

By the way...everytime someone goes on a three paragraph rant against Goodell, it makes me wonder. You guys do realize, yes?, that the commissioner is chosen by the league owners and for the most part operates with their approval and in their interests? So rant and rave about how HE is killing our beloved gladiator games if you like, just understand that the majority of 32 owners at any one time is putting their stamp of approval on his actions. So don't just "kill the messenger".

June 9, 2012  11:36 AM ET
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The "Choirboy" would **kiss** his mothalovin' arse up one side of the room and down the other

**KICK**

June 9, 2012  11:44 AM ET

The Choirboy is doing nothing but destroying the league by introducing the absurd idea that it can be turned into a civilised sport by lawyers. The boy is an idiot. Not to mention a pantywaist. The fact that the owners hired him makes it none the less true.

June 9, 2012  12:20 PM ET
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The Choirboy is doing nothing but destroying the league by introducing the absurd idea that it can be turned into a civilised sport by lawyers. The boy is an idiot. Not to mention a pantywaist. The fact that the owners hired him makes it none the less true.

That's absurd. Head hunting and targeted knee-shots were never meant to be part of football. The fact that we've spent the past 30 years letting things get to this point glorifying actions that would be felonies on the street doesn't make them any more acceptable.

The game is fast, the game is talented and the game is exciting and strategic. If we cannot enjoy the game without hoping for at least one "thumbs down from the emperor" moment a week, that's far more damning about us than it is about the guy that the owners have charged with cleaning up this unsightly mess.

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June 9, 2012  01:06 PM ET

Compare what Scott Shanle said:
"People are going to say I'm wrong for saying this, but he's good for this league," linebacker Scott Shanle said.

with what Gregg Williams said:

"Kill the head, the body will die. ... We've got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill [running back] Frank Gore's head. We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways."

On receiver Kyle Williams, who has a history of concussions, Williams said: "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."

Urging his players to go for the knee of receiver Michael Crabtree, Williams said: "We need to decide whether Crabtree wants to be a ... 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."

You be the judge.

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