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Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Posted on: March 4, 2012 5:43 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2012 8:00 am
Gregg Williams, right, has been summoned to meet with Roger Goodell again. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

The NFL has summoned former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to New York City on Monday for more discussions with security officials about alleged violations of the league's bounty rules.

The meetings with NFL officials, including a possible sit down with commissioner Roger Goodell, come in the wake of new reports that Williams ran illegal bounty programs during his stints with the Redskins and Bills.

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Obviously, this is terrible, though not unexpected, news for the current Rams defensive coordinator, recently hired for Jeff Fisher’s new staff in St. Louis.

In an email to The Associated Press, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote, the league will continue "addressing the issues raised as part of our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of the game."

Already, Williams has apologized for his actions, saying, “I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the 'pay for performance' program while I was with the Saints. It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again.”

Of course, that statement was released before we knew about the possibility of the programs in Washington, where he was the defensive coordinator under Joe Gibbs, and Buffalo, where he was head coach from 2001-03.

And while there has been a report that Williams would face a fine but not likely a suspension -- again, before we heard about Washington and Buffalo -- I’m guessing Goodell is going to leave all disciplinary options open after listening to what Williams has to say.

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Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:50 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

As stunning as the revelations were Friday that about two dozen players and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams participated in a bounty program that rewarded players for knocking out opponents, the reports in the past few days that the and also had when Williams was there were just as disheartening.

There is nothing stunning about this.Back in the late 80s Buddy Ryan was openly running a bounty program with the Eagles. Two of the most famous (or infamous) games of this era were the "Bounty Bowl" vs. the Cowboys and "Body Bag Game" vs. the Redskins. Recently, I was watching old YouTube clips and on a 1989 edition of The NFL Today, Ryan, Brent Musburger, and Irv Cross were all laughing about it like it was a big joke.

This has been going on for decades, but it must stop. Goodell should suspend Williams for 5 years, similar to what the NCAA does to coaches who are repeat violators. Loomis should get a two-year ban. Payton should be suspended the entire season. The Saints should be fined a substantial amount of money and forfeit draft picks. If this solution seems draconian, sometimes it takes a draconian solution to solve a draconian problem.

Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:46 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

I think that the NFL, since they have decided on different safeguards against head injuries, will hit Williams hard. If it was me I'd suspend him for one year. A simple fine won't hurt him and Im sure that the Rams will pick up at least part of that whether they would admit it or not.  I mean the NFL says no hits to the head, no hitting a receiver if he hasn't had time to gather the ball in, and all these other rules in favor of safety. If they don't suspend him for a year they will show themselves to be only a paper tiger.

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:46 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

Gregg Williams is obviously a nut job to offer money to players for injuring other players.

However, I wonder why this did not come to light long ago.  Why would players making incredible amounts of money participate in a bounty program for chump change to hurt other players?

What happened to the moral decency of a player to stop something like this before it ever gets implemented?

I get more disgusted with the NFL and their players every day.  Whatever happened to playing the game because you love it and doing the right thing because that is what we were taught when we were being raised?

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:26 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

Hope goodell realizes this is WORSE than gambling

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:23 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

Heavy fines and suspensions are in order but any coach or executive that had direct knowledge of a bounty system should be banned for life from the NFL. Their actions corrupt the NFL on many levels and if Goodell is truly concerned about player safety and the integrity of the game then there can be no other solution. Those involved can go get a job somewhere else but not in the NFL. 

Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:20 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

Life suspension from NFL.....Greg Williams  NFL Nuclear Winter

Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:07 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

I like that William apologized to the Saints fan but shouldn't he apologized to the player that were knock out of game or carted off the feild, and maybe he also owns all NFL fans an apology for trying to end careers of their favor players.  I really think these report need to go to state lawenforcement and DA's.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:02 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

This is a big problem in the NFL.But the saints just got busted on it. The saints could loss some draft pick because of this.

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:00 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

gotta tell ya i love steeler fan! it takes a certain type of mental invalid to turn every story into how the stealers were wronged! give me a friggin break, this story is about coaches placing bounties on players heads. Williams had to do what he could to try to form a defense that could keep him employed and now has been caught. Many posters on here complain about bellichek and as far as i am concerned, and especially after coy wire's statements, this guy needs to be taught a lesson and make a point for the rest of the league. Set the standard early, then continue to go after all the other scumbags!

In no way should this ever be misconstrued as "taking the intensity out of the sport", or trying to change the direction of the sport. There were many very physical plays in years gone by, but never have you heard the allegations like this unless you count Buddy Ryan and his beautiful time in the league! People complain about goodell killing the league this loser took the league to new levels of embarrassment.

Williams will be dealt with and unfortunately it will be difficult to determine which direction the punishment will take. If N.O. loses a draft choice what do you do with Buffalo and Washington? This will get messy especially for Williams.... hopefully he is gone and good riddenance!     

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:45 pm

Report: Gregg Williams to meet with Goodell again

Don't you know that the Commissioner only suspends Steelers - it's fine when other teams conspire to injure players, but it's not fine when the Steelers play tough D like back in the 70s and 80s
Of the 25 players suspended in 2010, one was a Steeler. Quit crying.

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