METAIRIE, La. — Jim Harbaugh knows about Gregg Williams’ speech prior to the Saints’ NFC divisional playoff game against his 49ers.
But don’t ask him about what the former Saints defensive coordinator said. He won’t tell you what he thinks.
“I have a take on it, but I don’t think anybody needs another person to jump on the bandwagon with an opinion who doesn’t have all the facts,” Harbaugh said during a conference call with New Orleans media Wednesday. “I’ll just take myself out of discussion. (We) don’t need one more person hopping on the bandwagon of opinion.”
By now, Williams’ speech is known well enough that “kill the head, the body will die” has become a common phrase when folks speak recall parts of the bounty scandal.
The speech was filmed by independent filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, who was working on a documentary about former Saint Steve Gleason. Williams’ words were supposed to inspire New Orleans’ defensive players to play hard and physically against the hard-hitting 49ers.
In it, Williams calls on the Saints to account for running back Frank Gore, saying, “We’ve got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore’s head. We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways.”
He also says to his player to go after the knee of receiver Michael Crabtree, adding, “We need to decided whether Crabtree wants to be a … prima donna or he wants to be a tough guy. We need to find out and he becomes human when you … take out that outside ACL.”
Yet, 11 months later, tight end Vernon Davis still isn’t upset by the speech.
“That has nothing to do with us,” Davis said. “We’re not worried about that because every game, everybody’s out to get you. He was probably just getting them pumped up with things like that. That’s what every team does.
“You never know. I’m sure there’s a lot of teams saying different things about different guys, depending on who the team is. That’s just the nature of football. It’s not a big deal. We don’t worry about it.”