Jan 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young (79) hits New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) causing a fumble in the second quarter during the 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Did the Detroit Lions Try to Take Out Drew Brees?

The big news of the day is the release of some audio of Gregg Williams’ pregame speech to his defense before their playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. What can be heard on the audio is damning evidence related to the news of the Saints’ bounty program. Williams is heard referencing players and specific injuries and body parts to target in an attempt to remove them from the game. He also makes it clear that he’ll pick up the tab for any fines. It’s also important to remember this all happened after the league told the Saints to immediately stop putting bounties on their opponents.

The incident and the latest developments with the release of the audio brings up not only more talk of the Saints’ actions but also continues the discussion about what is and isn’t common practice around the league. The Houston Chronicle’s Lance Zierlein tweeted the following that paints the Lions in a less than flattering light:

It doesn’t sound good but there is a clear problem. The Giants played in New Orleans one week BEFORE the Lions. The Atlanta Falcons were the only other team to play in New Orleans between the Lions’ regular season game there and the playoff game and that was three weeks later.

The tweet is either based on truth but the details are incorrect or flat-out false information is being sent around as coaching staffs around the league go into self preservation mode. In either case, it isn’t good.

UPDATE: I brought the inconsistency up to Zierlein via twitter and he went back and corrected the previous report with the following:

Maybe I’m being a homer but the “fishiness” factor still seems high. LSU played at the Superdome for the BCS Championship Game but the Falcons had played there in between. Zierlein offers the explanation that an LSU equipment manager may also work with the Saints and therefore at the Superdome apart from the LSU team.

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