Giants players knew about Kyle Williams’ history of concussions, and specifically targeted him in the NFC Championship game

Here’s a very interesting piece from Yahoo’s Doug Farrar this morning, in the wake of Gregg Williams’ audio tape that leaked this morning.  At the time, I happened to be in Mobile, AL, covering the Senior Bowl, so this story somehow escaped my antennae at the time.  But apparently, LB Jacquian Williams and WR Devin Thomas knew all about Kyle Williams’ history of concussions, and were specifically targeting him:

After the New York Giants beat the 49ers 20-17 in overtime of the NFC Championship game, Giants linebacker Jacquian Williams specifically explained that his team was targeting Kyle Williams. It was a strategy that apparently worked — Williams fumbled two punt returns on the day — but there really isn’t much difference between Gregg Williams’ stated intent and what Jacquian Williams recalled:

“The thing is, we knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing, was to take him out of the game.”

Receiver Devin Thomas, who recovered both of Williams’ fumbles, said that “he’s had a lot of concussions. We were just like, ‘We’ve got to put a hit on that guy.'” Thomas then said that safety Tyler Sash “did a great job hitting him early and he looked kind of dazed when he got up. I feel like that made a difference and he coughed it up.”

When asked about the Giants’ statements, league spokesman Greg Aiello said that whatever happened on the field in the NFC Championship game wasn’t a big deal. “Players are held accountable for their actions on the field,” Aiello stated via e-mail. “There were no illegal hits to the head or neck area against Kyle Williams on Sunday. There was no conduct by the Giants of any kind that would suggest an effort to injure Kyle Williams in any way.”

Except for their specific words after the game, that is.

Maybe Devin Thomas and Jacquian Williams did their own research on the injury histories of each the key players on the Niners’ offense, but methinks that’s probably not the case.  How did they get that info?  I want to be careful not to make any unfair suggestions (cough cough, the coaching staff alerted them to it, cough), but it’s very fishy.

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  133. ATLeagle says:

    I am of two minds on these statements. Saying that you have to take someone out of the game at the same time as mentioning head injuries is a bit on the line. Saying that you have to hit a guy , well that is fine. I think about DeSean and how everyone says he played soft and scared after the last concussion. Well, a great way to minimize his skills is to keep the sound of footsteps coming at him. Even if the coaches remind you of that, it would be ok. It really depends on what they were coaching. saying “he is soft, scare him and hit him” is encouraging rough play. Saying ” concussions are easier to create the more time someone has had one, make sure to hit him high” is a totally different approach.

    To Brisulph… maybe they tried dirty but werent good enough to make that work, the missed FG (AGAIN) has to be luck!

  134. RogerPodacter says:

    i still blame gregggggg williams

  135. brisulph says:

    So… they won the Super Bowl because they are a dirty team or a lucky team? I just want to keep the current narrative clear going forward.

    NOTE: I know you aren’t saying anything like that Jimmy, that is a question for the fans of the Eagles/Skins/Cowboys on here, who have harped those two things non-stop since the play-off run began.

    1. bula says:

      lucky

    2. RogerPodacter says:

      last i checked, the giants didnt play the 49ers in the super bowl, so this post really doesnt have anything to do with the super bowl win.

    3. Immynimmy says:

      It’s a pretty messed up tactic regardless of the SB or not.

  136. Free Plax says:

    Here is the problem with your point, a financial incentive weather it’s for injurying a player or for recovering a fumble or getting a sack, is aganist the rules becuse all the monies paid to a player must be accountable to the salary cap. Of course Goddell also does not want players and coaches to pay to injure a player either.

    Hitting a guy extra hard because you know his injurty history is not the same thing. In fact that’s why teams are always so vague (“lower body injury”) about the type of injury a player has and many times teams do not list the injuriy because they don’t want the other teams players to target said player. That’s why a guy like Chris Snee does not appear on any injury report all season, but as soon as the season’s done he needs elbow surgery.

    1. I didn’t really make any points, just that it’s fishy that multiple players knew of an opposing player’s injury history.

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  138. Anders says:

    We already knew that the Giants defense was a bunch of pussies, there needed to fake injuries to stop the Rams no huddle offense, so this only adds to my dislike of that defense (I respect JPP and Tuck, thats it)

  139. rage114 says:

    Obviously, this is a bit low but I also think this is part of the game. When a player has a hurt leg, the other team often wants to test just how hurt it is.

    The difference between this and the Saints is that the Saint players received financial incentive to hurt a player. Additionally, it was the coaches that promoted the hits.

  140. bula says:

    i don’t see a big deal in this. as long as they were not targeting his head, it is legal. i would assume you could get in the head of a player with a few concussions with a few big hits. it obviously worked. williams was obviously more concerned about getting hit than he was about holding onto the ball.

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