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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: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:50 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

On Nov. 4th, 2011, CBC Sports released an article talking about 'Bilicheat' paying a player to start a fight on more than one occasion. That is far worst than a "BONUS", not bounty, Program.. Where did this go, or is bc it is the Pats it was ignored. This, on top of 'Spygate', should be reanalyzed depending on the extent of the penalties. All of you crying should revisit this article and see if you whined for the entire team to be kicked out of the league. All of you fall into the hands of the media blowing something out of proportion..

I did call for championships to be taken away! And I still feel that way. Bill B. got away with at least one and probabily more than one championship. So fine the guilty and let's move on.

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:48 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Looks like my 1st post here didn't turn out so well, oh my.  lol  I say, Prison would be too good for Williams & his hitmen but, stripping the SB title from the Saints and awarding it to the right team - The Vikings, should be only half the punishment.

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:44 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

You should prolly just stay a Bear fan.  You know, where the less that intelligent fanbase come's from.

Since: Nov 2, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:43 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Keep in mind that Goodell did not suspend Belichick or any other member of the Patriots for a much more "unruly" offense, cheating. Fines should be levied but no suspension since Williams' current team was not involved. And shortening careers is not an issue here. There is no proof of that. In fact we don't know if there is proof of so called bounties yet. And finally, a lifetime ban would ASSURE lawsuits will be won by players. Not the opposite as you suggest. Fine em' and move on just like the NFL did with the Patriots.

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:42 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Who doesn't know that this stuff goes on all the time?  All the other teams must be very nervous right now that people dont find out their little secrets.  This stuff is football.  The league was founded on it.  These "Kangaroo Court" type deals happen in every college conference and at most HS leagues.  Being surprised by this is like being surprised by the sun coming up.

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:35 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

How many guys got called or fined for illegal hits? Did the Saints knock anyone out for the game or the season with a illegal hit? I didn't here of this happening so what is the big deal. Its a incentive in all most every defensive players contract for sacks, takles and everything thing that they are saying they had bountys for so whats the big deal. If its in a contract its ok but not a bounty. They didn't hit anyone illegallyor take any one out. No foul Stop making a big deal out of nothing.   

Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:32 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Digga14 needs to be a politician; he'd fit right in with the self-righteous ideologues (of both parties) trying to sell a line of BS to suit their own selfish agenda and trying to wrap it all in some cloak of moral superiority. Preach on Digga; I'm sure someone will buy your craziness.

As for my 'Aints; this sux. I wish they had caught this dude when he was in Washington before he got to New Orleans. This guy is obviouskly an idiot who blatantly flaunted the rules that others only broke in silence. It just sux that Saints fans will take the brunt of this. The league has to take strong action. But it also needs to be fair. Punish the other teams where the league has evidence of bounties (Washington and Buffalo, so far). Punish the players and coaches involved: regardless of what team they are on now. And do a thorough investigation around the league. There have been numerous statements from multiple players all over the league that this practice is widespread. Interview those guys and find out. It isn't fair to make one franchise, and it's fans, the scapegoat for a dirty little secret the league has been hiding forever. 

That having been said: For those who watch Saints game regularly, other than the 2009 playoff games they refer to, has anyone pointed out any other games where the Saints played dirty? A hit here or there...but certainly no more than you see from anyone else. They haven't had the kind of reputation around the league such as, say Detroit 2011, was labelled with. Let me be clear: I agree there was an added emphasis on hitting Favre and Warner in those games. The guys who hit them illegally; or any guys who ever hit someone illegally; with an intent to injure; are jerks/criminals whatever you want to call them. But I just have not ever seen evidence, in any other games, of Saints players going over the line any more than any other team. Hell, I'm not sure that defense ever hit anyone in San looked like the 49ers were the ones out to injure, and they did so. Mostly "legal" hits; but if you watched that game and didn't think the SF guys wanted to hurt the NO guys; you are insane. But if this "bounty" was so rampant in New Orleans, and only in New Orleans for the past 3 years: why can people only point to a few hits in a few games 3 years ago as evidence that the "bounty" was carried out on the field?  

Since: May 8, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:32 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Any ban short of LIFETIME will open the NFL to law suites from players that were injured facing William led Defense's.

Injuries cost the NFL exorbitant amounts of money and lost performance. In any other business if you cost the company money deliberately you get fired. Mr. Goodell has taken a strong stance on unruly behavior, if a player is suspended for several games for a fight or stomp because it could shorten a career then what else could you do for systematically trying to cause injuries and shortening carriers.

Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:31 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

As a New York Giants fan old enough to remember Sam Huff, Jim Katcavage and others and who marveled at LT, Carson, George Martin, Carl Banks, Michael Strahan and who still grimaces at the tackle LT made to end Joe Theisman's career, I sincerely doubt any Saints fan can accuse me of whining because my team did not win any Championships...especially not this year, with the D-line we have.
But, while I am sure others practice it, and let's face it, Bill B of Spygate started his pro career with Big Blue, I am against paying someone to deliberately hurt another...Off the field of sport, that would be considered assault.

Getting hurt is part of the game, and if you don't want to be hurt the answer is simple---Don't play the game....But when you pay someone, you are in essence hiring someone to maim and injure...And there is no justification for that.
 Whatever happens to the Aints, Mr. Williams should consider finding a new occupation.    

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:31 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Get the eff out of here. Ill be a cheating champion anyday then having a big ol goose egg for a championship.
Umm, that was my point.  Thank you.

I stronly doubt you have ever put a helmet on and stepped on a football field with your post
I played hockey and football through senior year high school.  I strongly doubt you have more than a 6th grade education by reading your post.

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