While some players-turned-commentators called the rhetoric of Gregg Williams commonplace on Thursday, others were less circumspect according to Steve Corkran of the Bayareanewsgroup.com.
"This is the most heinous, egregious thing in the history of this game," former Raider defensive lineman Warren Sapp told the Bay Area News Group, adding that Williams' actions were "an anomaly ... one in 3 billion."
Sapp said he couldn't believe someone on the defensive unit wouldn't challenge their coach.
"Not for one second would I sit in a room and listen to someone say, 'We're going to take out someone's ACL' without standing up and saying, 'What the hell are you talking about?'" he said. "The way you play defense isn't about malice. It's about putting you in fourth-and-more than you can handle."