For weeks now, I've been saying Gregg Williams would testify before Paul Tagliabue's hearing on the Saints' bounty situation which starts on Friday. Not because Williams wants to but because he has to if he hopes for an NFL future (not to mention the NFL desperately needs him). But the reality is this: he likely has no future in professional football.
At least, not one that he will recognize. In speaking to a number of team personnel and scouts around the NFL, none could envision a team that would elevate Williams to defensive coordinator status, or anything remotely close to it. They doubted even his friend, Tennessee's Jeff Fisher, could keep Williams in that position. Fisher and Williams have been good friends for two decades.
The problem Fisher would face in retaining Williams is a resounding lack of trust from the locker room despite the fact Williams was already there.
One team executive told the story of how he jokingly brought up Williams' name as future defensive coordinator to one of his team's player leaders. The player said there would be a mutiny if that ever happened. The player wasn't joking. He was also correct.
It's also unlikely few, if any, coaching staffs would trust Williams. There is also the problem of how a team would have to sell to its fan base that it just hired one of the most notorious figures in recent league history who preached injuring players.
What Williams did was, in effect, allegedly push the Saints players towards a bounty system, then, after everyone was busted, he sold those same players out.
"No one outside of Jeff will ever trust him," said one personnel man.
Williams could get employment in the league office itself but not exactly sure who there would trust him, either.
Clearly, Williams thinks he will be back in football, and perhaps in St. Louis, or he wouldn't be cooperating. But he is effectively a prosecution witness in a league of players that doesn't always trust the prosecution, that is, the NFL itself. After all that has gone down, can even Rams players trust him?
So why is Williams doing all of this? To right a wrong? To save his legacy? Hope there's a chance a team and locker room will forgive him?
Or all of the above?