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Clay Matthews Speaks On Saints Bounty Scandal

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18:  Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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If you're wondering who thought Gregg Williams' speech that encouraged his players to target heads and ACLs was okay, the answer is 'no one'. A lot of members of the media and offensive players have spoken out against the New Orleans Saints' bounty program and the tape in which Williams encourages his players to intentionally cause injury, but the NFL Network spoke to a couple of the league's biggest defensive stars recently to get their take on the issue.

One of those players was Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews. He pointed out that defensive coordinators and position coaches deliver motivational speeches all the time in which they ask players to get pumped up and hit hard, but that Williams crossed a clear line.

"You obviously have your speeches around the league, especially from defensive coaches, position coaches, in which they want you to get after, get going, but I think that when you start to jeopardize people's futures, their livelihood I think you're taking it to a whole other level."

Dallas Cowboys pass-rushing ace DeMarcus Ware and New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker were also part of the discussion on this issue that will air on tonight's 7 p.m. ET episode of NFL Total Access.