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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: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:16 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

I think I would just write some of this stuff into the contracts, payable after the game.   Sacks, funble caused, fumbles received, interceptions are positive plays that all teams want.  Trying to encourage players to knock guys out of the game is a different story.  If the NFL fines them for dirty hits, this would far exceed any bounty offered.  Doesn't make a lot of sense that this had all that much effect on the field of play.  Kind of like paying incentives to a baseball player for get hits and not make errors.

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:16 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Sean Payton - just like his mentor Bilecheck (spelling) cheating is the only way to win. Should be disgraced and run out of the league.

Yes, this becomes a Sean Payton issue, the head coach is responsible for the entire coaching staff.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:15 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

"So please stop with the lifetime ban,he did not have a bounty out to end players career's he had a bounty on for good hits.There are players left and right tweeting that everyone does this.And the fact that the NFL is maybe talking about a fine should prove something to the bleeding heart morons.Throw Williams out and they wil be throwing others out too.There will be a long list of players and ex-players telling that they were part of the same thing on different teams.Do you not think the Sack Exchange had bounties,or the Bears defense in the 80's.Or what about teams now like the Steelers and the Lions. "
Yet another idiot who just doesn't get it. Paying one person to injure another isn't just dirty football, it is felony conspiracy assault. It doesn't matter if the scum participating are on the football field, or off of it. I don't care if it happened on every team. THIRTY WRONGS do not make a right. Anyone involved should not only be kicked out of the league permanently, they should be criminally prosecuted  And it doesn't even matter if anyone got hurt. The conspiracy is in effect the moment an offer is made by one individual to another to commit an assault.

There was an article a couple of weeks ago (I think by Dodd) wondering if football might at some time in the future be outlawed. I scoffed derisively. If this is the best the NFL can do, then maybe it should be. I have nothing but utter disgust for any individual and any organization which would make felonious conduct a integral part of its strategy for competition.  


Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:11 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Viking fans are the most bitter bunch I have ever seen.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:08 pm

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

If Favre had not suffered multiple cheap shots, one resulting in an INT, maybe he isn't in a position where the Vikes need a score to win in regulation.  Maybe they are already up at that point?  Who knows?  No one can say, try as you might Saints defenders.  And stop with the "this ain't basketball" BS.  Most everyone knows the difference between giving it their all and trying to the hit the QB versus purposely attempting to injure, especially after the QB releases.  I watch defenders week-in, week-out, stop themselves from destroying the QB after he has released the ball.  Maybe you Saints fans don't watch enough football outside of your cheap defense to notice.

And Williams (along with Payton and the 22-27 players who participated), you should apologize to every team and player that you cheated out of a win or purposely tried to injure.  You are all the biggest frauds in all of football.

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:56 am
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Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:40 am

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

As a Bills fan, I SERIOUSLY doubt that we had a bounty system in Buffalo.

  For a couple of reasons - 1. Our defense was/is not very good.  2. Our owner would NOT tolerate this (if it leaked up to him).  Unlike Kraft and other owners, our owner has integrity for the game.....

We'll see how much of a hypocrite that Goodell really is ---the commissioner who let a Coach cheat for years and didn't suspend him -(Bilicheat) versus Williams.

I think that I know how it will turn out, though.

Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:18 am
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Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:14 am
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Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:12 am

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

This bounty thing is getting blown way out of proportion.
1) it is the NFL's own fault: they continually decide to put rules on hitting so you can't make a guy hurt, you HAVE to injure them to take them out of the game.
2) There are 3 keys to being a great defense Tackle, be where you are supposed to be, and be Intense and want to put the pain to another player
3) The offense has way too many advantages already, and the NFL rules committee keeps adding more, so the defenses have to do things under the table.
4) Players need to step up and quit being babies: this is not the fairy NBA. Its really bad when soccer players are tougher than NFL players

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