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Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:07 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 7:59 pm
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We'll let you decide what Vilma and Williams were discussing here. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Twenty-four hours ago, the biggest problem facing the Saints was that they were roughly $5 million apart per season on a new contract for franchise quarterback Drew Brees. And while that's still a huge issue, it's taken a back seat to the revelations Friday that at least one Saints coach and about two dozen players conspired to intentionally hurt opponents and knock them out of games for money.

New Orleans' forgettable offseason
The coach: former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who served in that capacity under head coach Sean Payton for the 2009-2011 seasons, including New Orleans' Super Bowl title in February 2010. Williams left the Saints for the same job with the Rams in January after St. Louis hired Jeff Fisher (who Williams had worked with in Tennessee).

On Friday, hours after the NFL announced the Saints' "pay for performance" bounty program, Williams spoke on the matter:

“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," Williams said in a statement released by the Rams.  "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.”

It's nice to own up to your problems, but this doesn't appear to be an isolated incident. Details via Mark Maske of the Washington Post:

"The Washington Redskins had a bounty system for big hits on opponents under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams that was similar to the one revealed by an NFL investigation of the New Orleans Saints, four players who played under Williams said Friday," Maske wrote.

"Three of the players described a coach who doled out thousands of dollars to Redskins defenders who measured up to Williams’s scoring system for rugged play, including 'kill shots' that knocked opposing teams’stars out of a game."

“You got compensated more for a kill shot than you did other hits,” one former player said. Compensation ranged from "hundreds to thousands of dollars" with the biggest payout thought to be $8,000."

Wow.

Now that Williams has apologized, what happens next? More specifically: does owning up to it before the NFL weighs in lessen the punishment he'll face?

The short answer: who knows. We're not being glib but if commissioner Roger Goodell is anything he's unpredictable. The league has been criticized in the past for coming down hard on players but less so on coaches and front-office types. But early indications are that New Orleans' "pay for performance" bounty program is much worse than Spygate, and the sanctions could reflect that -- especially if Williams has a history of this behavior.

But it's one thing to punish the Saints; what happens if the Rams lose their defensive coordinator for any length of time?

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Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:01 pm
 

Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

It was amazing how many shots Bret took during the SB that appeared to be maliciously trying to decapitate the old man. I recall one where Bret was down and a 300 pounder pankaked on top of him in plain view of the official which begs the questions how filthy is this and even at this time do the Saints deserve the Lombardyi trophey for that year. Lets see how much courage the Commish has in dealing with this one. How proud of your team
 is "poor ole" New Orleans now ?



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:32 pm
 

Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

What does Fisher do?  This guy has a great reputation in the league as a Head Coach and now he has Gregg "THE BOUNTY HUNTER" as his DC?  Not exactly the best way to rebuild a downtrodden franchise like the Rams.  Plus he may end up being suspended.  Fisher needs to cut his losses and kick this guy to the curb.  He has huge crosshairs on him right now by the NFL, not a distraction a you need as a HC of a new team.




Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

First, Gregg Williams is a putz.  Anyone who does that is pure and simple - wrong.


Second, you can't justify Williams' mistake by saying other player do the same thing.


Third, I agree that Williams' is only sorry because he got caught.


Finally, these guys better wake up and smell the roses, they are going to ruin their own sport, and their careers.  If somebody cheapshhots them, they are whinning all over the place. 


Bunch of idiots!      
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Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:16 pm
 

Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

Williams is only sorry he was caught.  Some of you morons protecting him must be family members or you're just plain stupid.



Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:14 pm
 

Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

and after all the NFL, seems to let people off if they help them crack down on things, like this.



Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:12 pm
 

Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

terror93, if that was the case .... then it would only be fair if the NFL were to do the same to James Harrison and other players, who have been doing the samething for all of their careers, like Albert Haynesworth, and Suh even plays that way. it happens pretty much all the time. just teams haven't been caught yet. But, he wont be bannd. He's getting fined, i think a lot of it is because he's admitted he did wrong and is helping out the NFL. maybe he even turns in other teams, to help out the NFL. and the Pats were trying to hurt Warner in the SB against the Rams.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 2:59 pm
 

Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

A terrible mistake that I repeated week in and week out for three years or more. Oops. I'm so sorry. Gregg Williams deserves Football's Pete Rose treatment. Gone for life. Good riddance.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 2:36 pm
 

Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

You all know that if any of us paid someone to hurt another person, we would go to jail if it was found out.  But, I guess the NFL is allowed to do anything it wants.  I agree that Williams, Payton and the Gm should all be fired and charged with premedetated assult on another human being.
I do agree that William, Payton and the GM should face the consequences of their action, but I doubt that anyone would get fired over this. Beside William no longer work for the Saints

Most NFL defensive players make hard hit in every game, so Saints player was not ask to do anything special. They were just getting a reward if a player got injured, so I doubt that anyone would be charge with assault.



Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:50 pm
 

Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

Williams is only getting fined, not suspended. But, since when did Williams become worse than James Harrison? Harrison has been doing stuff like that to players during his whole career, and still is allowed to play football. So, maybe the Steelers do the samething. But, just have one player pretty much doing it.



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:32 pm
 

Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

You all know that if any of us paid someone to hurt another person, we would go to jail if it was found out.  But, I guess the NFL is allowed to do anything it wants.  I agree that Williams, Payton and the Gm should all be fired and charged with premedetated assult on another human being.


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