On Friday Tennessee Titans Defensive Coordinator Jerry Gray moved at a faster pace than the defense he’s coaching to try to minimize the damage control over comments that echoed former protégé Greg Williams.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reported that according to an NFL spokesman the league is reviewing comments that Jerry Gray made on Thursday to his players about the need to be more physical on the field and not worrying about being fined.
“If you are worrying about that, you are not going to go out and try to blow up the guy up.” Gray said on Thursday. “Great football players have to put that out of their mind. You have to say. “This is my territory between the numbers, and if you throw the football you better bring the Gator truck. And that’s how you have to play. You can’t play timid in the NFL.”
For those who do not know the Gator truck is the green tractor that is used to cart the injured players off the field.
Earlier Friday Gray tried to clarify his comments per an ESPN report from Ed Werder, saying he wasn’t trying to encourage his players to injure opponents.
“This is football, but my choice of words under the circumstances was probably bad,” said Gray. “If I could take that part of it back, I would. I don’t want guys thinking about injuring people and, when you say ‘Gator Truck’ that’s probably what comes up. I just want our guys to be tougher.”
The circumstances Gray is referring to is the fallout from his former mentor Greg Williams comments that opened up the floodgates for “Bounty Gate.”
The Tennessee Titans defense is currently ranked 26th in both the rush and pass. Needless to say with the Titans facing a 3-1 Minnesota Vikings team lead by running back Adrian Peterson we will see if the Titans defensive players got the message Gray was trying to get across.
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