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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
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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: May 29, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:55 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Congrats to Royal Star!!

Probably the dumbest and least accuarte comment ever posted-- so congrats!

How exactly did the Saints "cheat"??  Do you realize if there were any "illegal" hits at all, they would have been flagged-- and then way more importantly-- would have been doled out a $50,000+ fine by the furor (Goodell).  Since No flad AND no fines one can only assume-- NO CHEAP SHOTS.

All good and LEGAL hits.  Maybe if your "best team" didnt decide to lay down with one of the old "gunslingers" things would have been different.  With all the chips on the line your boy did what he seems to always do-- throw a bad INT that cost the Vikings the game.  Nothing illegal about that-- no cheating-- just bad QBing.  All he had to do was fall to the ground.  Vkings would have kicked a FG and went to the Super Bowl.  Instead he threw completely across his body into double coverage-- and cost his team the game.

Way to displace your feelings abour team team's complete ineptitude!
 



Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:44 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

The Vikings were the best team on 09-10. Seeing that the Saints had to cheat to get to the superbowl, they didnt earn it. I hope some MAJOR draft picks will be taken away from the Saints.



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:42 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

The NFL does not care at all. Unless it loses Peyton or Tom or someone like that they can market. They dont suspend often, the rules are loose. I love the term they give now "questionable". They like to fine players. Fines % through the roof. Why would a "BUSINESS" stop this practice? They get free money from their employees. Dirty Hits = NFL fines, it is like cops needing to meet the quota. Oh, you really think all this goes into some safe fund for players....

Cant stop a pool like this. It is locker room talk, it starts in high school, through college, into the NFL. They are football jocks. They are not upstanding citizens. Half of them get paid to hit people as hard as they can. This is normal behavior for football players and it starts in high school. You get notoriety when you can hit someone and KO them. Thats how you get noticed for college out of high school and so on. Bets are taken, they dont see it as cruel, I kinda dont either. I think most of the players even betting still play the game fair. Some dont. Harrison on Pitt is as dirty as they get. We had Dirty Waters. People like that are douchebags, but most players just try to hit hard and smart.

It can be fixed through big suspensions. You never see it why? The NFL does not care they get more steady income through lighter fines than heavy suspensions. Simple economics. NFL is a business not a sport. 



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:40 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

This just in, defensive players in the NFL are paid based on how often they can viciously take offensive players to the ground.  The defensive linemen with the most sacks in a season get bonuses for having tackled the quarterback.  What an injustice!



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:33 am
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Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:20 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

NSaine,

I really think its the words they used that was bad. I get what you are saying and agree that if someone was injured like that it would be bad. But, the Saints never injured somebody like that. People do not know the details of who was paid and for what. I doubt the NFL will truly ever find out. There hits were legal. No one can show one example of an illegal hit that hurt someone bad. It was all within the NFL rules. I guarantee you Brett Favre doesnt have a problem with the Saints. He knows how this game is played. He was a warrior. These men are warriors. They are going into battle every week they step on the football field. Emotions run high and incentives were made. Like I said, the Saints are going to take it on the chin, but some of these peoples reactions are way over the top.



Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:10 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Nobody who loves football is decrying the hard, legal hit.  That is part of the game, as is the "intimidation factor" and "ball separation" (the ball carrier from the ball, not the other kind of ball separation!).  If somebody is hurt from a clean, vicious hit, that is what the player should expect the second they sign on the dotted line for millions of dollars.

What is most objectionable to anybody of conscience is the bonus for "knock outs" and "cart offs."  Let's imagine you just hit a guy who lies virtually lifeless on the turf for 15 minutes.  They call the cart and wheel him off.  If you're any kind of human being, you feel bad about it.  The second somebody follows this up with the offer of a bonus, HE should be expirgated from the NFL for good.  The second you accept it, you should be, too. 

Playing football for a living is a privilege, not a right.  Neither should be enjoyed by subhumans without a moral center.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:09 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Jltexas,

Glad you can look at this objectively. I saw your a Cowboys fan and they tend to side with anyhing against the Saints. haha I just want alll these people complaing to show one dirty hit a Saints player made that had intent to injure? Everything was within the rules. Also, did it ever come out who ratted? BEcause I am almost positive it was Bobby McCray. It only makes sense that it was him. He was disgruntled when the Saints released him.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:56 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

This guy is an arrogant, self- absorbed douche.  He is an overrated coach because he is actually so predictable that he sucks.  Last, he tried to hurt people, which is low class garbage.  I hope he gets at least a 1 year suspension.  I would guess half of the season is more likely, but hit him hard.  



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:53 am
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Gregggg Williams has been summoned to see Dick-Tator Goodell who is too stupid to do anything besides take orders. He's an order taker. Dick-Tator Goodell turns a blind eye to the thuggery of a number of teams. Selective enforcement of the rules. Destroy evidence in Spygate, look the other way in Bret Farvers Dong-Gate, let Jim Harbaugh get away with "Back-Slap Gate". Goodell must hate women because he allowed Jen Sterger and Jim Schwartz to be abused and did nothing about it.
Seriously, there were no dirty hits on the dong-slinger that day, just good clean, hard hits. And the Dong-Slinger still threw the game away..........as he so often does........as he so often DID......over his long career of throwing interceptions in evey game. There is also documented evidence that Bert also cheated and lied to the NFL in Dong-Gate.  Gregggggg Willams never did that, never cheated. Just good clean, hard hits.  
There was no payout for llegal hits, as a matter of fact, illegal hits would have resulted in disciplinary action and a fine from the team.


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