One of the questions yet to be asked regarding the disclosure of recorded comments made by former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams the night before the playoff game between the Saints and 49ers is whether and to what extent this experience will change the manner in which NFL teams do business behind supposedly closed doors in the future.
Don’t be surprised if the NFL, at the urging of the NFLPA, begins requiring teams to tape all meetings in the event questions come up in the future regarding what was, and wasn’t, said. And while each team has a player who serves as an NFLPA representative, someone having truly independent authority may be present at pre-game meetings in the future, to intervene if a coach crosses the line.
Teams won’t like it, but they presumably already don’t like having to maintain video of every practice that can be reviewed at any time by the NFLPA. Besides, now that the NFL has witnessed the worst that can happen at one of these meetings, the league and the union need to have eyes and ears present any time some other coach can say or do similar things.
It’s a topic that was addressed during Friday’s PFT Live.