Originally posted by GhostofFredDean74:
Off the field, you can be as friendly as you want, but on the field there's a war going on. And again, cheating happens all the time to certain degrees (holding, pushing WRs off-route, exaggerating snap counts, etc.). Yes, this was a few levels above that, but let's be serious here. When Williams was saying "take the head out," he wasn't saying to chop someone's head off. He was looking to concuss someone so they either couldn't play or would play impaired.
IMO, the only difference here is that the coach BRAZENLY AND OPENLY directed this (and added the bounty), whereas most teams try to do this (take out their opponent's best player) as part of their game-plan. I'm not defending the openness or the bounty aspect of it in any way, I think it was stupid. But I will defend their desire to punish and take out certain guys if/where possible, because frankly, that's football.
I'm trying to look at this objectively even though it effected my team. Because if the shoe was on the other foot (say we placed the bounties), I think 49er fans (some, but of course not all) would be looking at it very differently.
and you should expect this every single game....its the only way to beat it. donte whitner showed them WTF was up. they thought they were coming in and going to dominate physically and be the better defense( there isnt one btw, people just need to admit it). our guys were more mentally prepared and determined to be the better and physical team, or they just are in general lol. thats how you beat it, you take it out of them before they even have a chance to put it on you. every game is a war, it needs to be religious that you expect players to try to do this to you.