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Jerry Gray moves quickly to reel in his “Gator truck” comments

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Jerry Gray moved quicker to clarify his comments than any of his players have reacted to anything on the field this year.

The Titans defensive coordinator stepped in a pile Thursday when he told the Tennesseean he wanted his players to hit without worrying about fines, saying: “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.”

Since the Gator truck is what a lot of teams use to “cart-off” injured players, and since Gray used to work for Gregg Williams, it didn’t take long for people to connect those dots.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reports the league is reviewing the comments, and Gray himself apologized and said he wasn’t encouraging players to hurt opponents.

“This is football, but my choice of words under the circumstances was probably bad,” Gray said. “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 Titans are currently last in the league in points allowed and next to last in yards.

And after what you can only assume was a good talking-to, Gray is already beginning to choose his words more carefully.

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13 Responses to “Jerry Gray moves quickly to reel in his “Gator truck” comments”
  1. goredskins11 says: Oct 5, 2012 2:53 PM

    Thanks for your effort to sissy down this game even more Mr. Gantt. :{

  2. bowsi says: Oct 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    With comments like this the league should take fines to the next level and fine the team as well as the player. Maybe then coaches and their bosses with take this seriously.

  3. wearewhowethoughtwewere says: Oct 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    If players have to be held to these watch-what-you-say standards, here’s hoping the same applies to coaching.

  4. baconmanlives says: Oct 5, 2012 3:17 PM

    This is why we’re becoming a nation of sissies and exactly why coaches hate the media. Talk about a mountain out of a mole hill. Imagine a coach talking tough! It’s enough to make you faint isn’t it?

    Some people just won’t be happy until we have two hand touch. How did these guys ever fall in love with football in the 70s or 80s when it still was, you know, a contact sport. Give this crap a rest.

  5. marvsleezy says: Oct 5, 2012 3:27 PM

    This is not big deal, just give him a $50,000 fine for asking his players to cause injuries and move on, nothing to see here.

  6. randallflagg52 says: Oct 5, 2012 3:33 PM

    He has nothing to apologize for, this is still football and it is still (despite Goodell’s best efforts) a contact sport. This game however is quickly turning into basketball and it makes me sick.

    I’m also tired of it becoming commonplace for every ref, writer and fan to think that every big hit is a dirty hit. Sigh…

  7. punkmonkeyfaces says: Oct 5, 2012 3:34 PM

    I see nothing wrong here. Since when has tough talk become the same as putting bounties on players? When Tyson said he was going to eat Lennox Lewis’ children… nevermind, I’ll just leave.

  8. killxswitch says: Oct 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    This is one of the dumbest “controversies” I’ve seen this year. Do you pansies that were offended even like watching football? Isn’t it too violent for you?

  9. wilddeuce03 says: Oct 5, 2012 3:48 PM

    What the saints did was different, pay for injury. So now a coach can’t even talk tough to his players? So if a player says, “I’m gonna kill that guy” (as we’ve ALL said at one time or another) is he gonna be fined now also?! This is getting out of hand!!! Paying to injure is one thing, but now the nanny police want you to just talk about bunnies and puppies to fire up your players!!! Get a grip. It’s a violent sport that’s been played for a looooong time. I agree that head shots need to be taken seriously but this is just getting freaking out of hand!!!

  10. iluvbears says: Oct 5, 2012 4:14 PM

    You better make sure there is no “gator truck” on the field this week hauling away Vikings players or you will be in deep do-do with the league, Coach Gray.

  11. liljere24 says: Oct 5, 2012 4:19 PM

    You know, I can’t help but wonder if you guys didn’t reach for this controversy today, that it wouldn’t have been such a big deal

  12. jbos2012 says: Oct 5, 2012 4:39 PM

    Welcome to the new NFFL (National Flag Football League). This is what our game is going to turn into. The league will be putting out the new softest hits compilation for ESPN in no time! We can have the gentlest hit of the week highlights. Ray Lewis, James Harrison these guys are just too rough. We’re gonna see the “hug em and hold em” tackle. I will say this though, it can open the doors for the first female NFL…oops NFFL football players. Then again, have you seen the hits those ladies put on each other in the lingerie league? Goodell would fine them, too.

  13. jackericsson says: Oct 5, 2012 6:26 PM

    Professional football, as we knew it, is dead and buried. Welcome to the new fantasy football, two hand touch, flag football. Now not only can’t you hit hard, you can’t talk hitting hard! What a f-ing joke!!!

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