Gregg Williams transcript -- Saints-49ers playoff

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Gregg Williams transcript -- Saints-49ers playoff

Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams spoke to the defense on Jan. 13, the night before New Orleans faced the 49ers in the NFC Divisional playoff at Candlestick Park. Documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon has provided an edited version of the audio on his Web site, the United States of Football.

The following is a partial transcript of Williams' remarks to the team, at a hotel near the San Francisco airport. It contains direct references to targeting Frank Gore, Alex Smith, Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Kyle Williams and Kendall Hunter.
On competing:
"We don't (profanity) apologize for how we're going to play. You're here for a reason. You're here because we saw in you -- and we hope we picked the right person -- that won't apologize for competing the way we have to compete."

Focus on victory:
"There may be better athletes, but not defensive football players that have to go into war tomorrow and play the way we (profanity) play. A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on victory."

Attacking the head:
"The NFL's a production business, don't ever forget about it. Where are we at right now? We've gotta tie at the top. We've got a lot of guys up at the top. Kill the head and the body will die. Kill the head and the body will die."

On Frank Gore:
"We've got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore's head. We wnt him running sideways. We want his head sidedways. Little 32, we want to knock the (profanity) out of him. He has no idea what he's in for. When he's on the sidelines we've gotta turn that (profanity) over, turn their coaches over, turn the spectators over. Go get that (profanity) on the sidelines."

On Alex Smith:
"It's a great game, it's a production business. We hit (profanity) (Alex) Smith right there. Remember me, I've got the first one, I've got the first one. Go lay that (profanity) out. We're gonna dominate the line of scrimmage and we're gonna kill the (profanity) head. Every single one of you, before you get off the pile, affect the head. Early, affect the head. Continue, touch and hit the head."

Shocking the 49ers:
"They're gonna come in, they're gonna be shocked with our contact. They're gonna be shocked with our speed. They're gonna be shocked with our strip."

On reaching the NFC Championship:
"Make 'em kick field goals, be the best defense in that stadium. Remember the walk-aways, and remember whatever it takes. Whatever it takes to get on that bus, drive back to the airport and get ready for the next one."

On Kyle Williams:
"Respect comes from fear. This is how you get respect in this league. 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 (profanity) put a lick on him, right now. He needs to decide. He needs to (profanity) decide."

On Michael Crabtree:
"We need to decide whether Crabtree wants to be a fake-(profanity) prima donna or he wants to be a tough guy. We need to find it out. He becomes human when we (profanity) take out that outside ACL."
On Frank Gore and Vernon Davis:
"We need to decide how many times we can beat Frank Gore's head. We need to decide how many times we can bullrush and how many times we can (profanity) put Vernon Davis' ankle over the pile. We need to decide. And when they are fearing us they give us the ball."

On Alex Smith:
"Alex Smith, in the preseason game, when you guys avalanched that (profanity), had eyes that big. You all saw 'em. Another thing we always say in this room, is never apologize for the way we compete. If you're in this room, you understand that we don't apologize."

49ers safety Reid endorses LSU safety Adams: 'We'd have to battle it out'

49ers safety Reid endorses LSU safety Adams: 'We'd have to battle it out'

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers already have three safeties selected within the top two rounds of the draft.

But as the organization has considered its options with the No. 2 overall pick, LSU safety Jamal Adams had been in the discussion. Adams recently visited the 49ers, where he and Eric Reid had a chance to catch up with each other.

Reid’s final season at LSU was 2013. The 49ers traded up to select him with the No. 18 overall pick. The 49ers drafted Jimmie Ward at the end of the first round in 2014, and Jaquiski Tartt was a second-round pick in 2015.

In the past 25 years, only two safeties -- Eric Berry (2010) and Sean Taylor (2004) – have been selected in the top five. Both were chosen with the No. 5 overall selection. Adams has a chance to go as early as No. 2 overall.

“I’m excited to see where he ends up. He could end up here. You know what I’m saying?” Reid said on Wednesday at the 49ers’ voluntary minicamp.

“He’s the best one in the draft. Someone will be very happy to have him, I’m sure.”

Adams (5 foot 11 ¾, 214 pounds) is considered more of a box safety. He recorded five interceptions in his 36-game college career, but Reid said he believes Adams can also play free safety.

“No doubt,” Reid said. “The kid can do it all. That’s why they got him projected to go where he is. I believe he could.”

In the 49ers’ new defense, which is based on Seattle’s scheme, Ward is getting a long look at free safety in the team’s minicamp. Ward started at cornerback last season.

After recording seven interceptions in his first two seasons, Reid has one interception over the past two seasons. He played 10 games last season before sustaining a season-ending with a torn biceps.

Reid said he is learning a new position but he believes playing closer to the line of scrimmage suits him. He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season as he plays this year with a salary of $5.676 million on the fifth-year option.

“I’m used to being on the back end,” Reid said. “I’m used to dealing with a lot more space. So, really, it’s the run game. And the run fits, knowing the gap schemes, the run (stunts) and knowing where the D-linemen are going to fit and filling the holes. That’s been the biggest difference for me.

“I like it. I’m a bigger safety in this league, so I think it’ll work for me.”

And what if the 49ers select Adams on Thursday evening?

”That’ll be interesting,” Reid said. “We’d have to battle it out. We’ll see how it goes.”

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season, will not continue the protest this season.

Reid said Wednesday they achieved their goal of bringing attention to racial inequality in the United States.

“When we started doing that, our goal was to open up the floor to conversation. I believe we’ve achieved that goal,” Reid said. “So now we just want to move forward and just partner with people that’s trying to make a change.

“We accomplished that goal. People talked about it. I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country. And now it’s time to move on to just affecting change.”

Reid and Harold are back with the 49ers, while Kaepernick remains a free agent. The 49ers have expressed no interest in retaining Kaepernick after opting to sign free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, instead.

“I stay in touch with him,” Reid said of Kaepernick. “I’m rooting for him. Obviously, he isn’t on a team, yet, but I’m rooting for him but hopefully he gets that call after the draft.

“It’s surprising. You see some of the other quarterbacks that have been signed around the league and why he hasn’t been, it’s just unfortunate.”

When asked if thought Kaepernick was paying the price for his protest, Reid answered, “I think so. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad. People want to shy away from him because of media, PR reasons.

“You’re doing something to better the world. I mean, the guy got a plane sent to Somalia to help with the famine there. He’s been doing things that if it were anybody else in a different situation without the anthem (protest), they’d be praising him and giving him awards for it.”