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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: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Haha here we go with the Vikings fans whining because they havent won a championship. You are the reason I believe we should go back to testing before you are allowed to vote.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:09 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

And whodatnation puts an exclamation point on my point... can you cut and paste that paragraph one more time for us?

$ had nothing to do with it little man, the fact that the team ran a scheme to intentionally injure opposing players to gain an unfair advantage is all that matters.  They've already admitted to doing it.  Case closed.  Now for the punishment.  It should be the harshest penalty ever, hopefully.



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:04 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Silence: We sufer as a nation b/c there is a significant amount of the population who have very little intelligence.  You prove my point.


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Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:03 pm
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

"Back in the garage with my Bull Sh** detector!!!"  What Gregg Williams really wants to say is...I Gregg Williams Defensive Genius won a Super Bowl for the Saints!!!! Not.."I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL."  Williams as "darth vader" pure comedy...no, no, no that`s a Raiders trade mark Mr Wilson. Williams is the doughy lookin guy who`s still out to prove he should be an NFL head coach and the only stinkin chance he had was in lousy Buffalo and even they canned him. Enough of this, the Saints won that Super Bowl on the field. Were the Patriots every really punsihed for spy gate??  Stop with the witchhunt, the St Louie Lams need a shot in the arm or pocket book.  



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Well, no wonder we are the 5th richest nation now. No one has any balls in America now. Your fathers wouldnt be proud. O, and to the people calling for criminal action towards Williams or the players. So, if you tell a guy you should beat some dude up for me for 10 dollars. Nothing comes of it. Everything this guy did was within the rules of society and law. He should be arrested because he talked to a guy about beating this guy up. This isnt freaking MURDER. NO ONE was hurt bad. NO ONE was hit illegally with the intent to harm. NO ONE!!!!!! If Greg Williams admits to saying I tried to pay guys to go out there and illegally hit this guy to end his career then that is different. Thats not what happened! Almost every player is laughing this off. Why? Because its what they do for a living. Its the arm chair QB's that have a problem with it! God have mercy on our future!



Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:28 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

wait for it..... wait for it.... yup... somehow/someway the Pats will get brought into this conversation, even though they have nothing to do with this... lol... 



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

I'm not supporting bounties but I am confused about something. If a player in not flagged either...

(A) during the game for unsportsmanlike conduct or;

(B) later fined or suspended by the league for a dirty hit during their weekly review of game films? Is the NFL going to go back months or even years later to determine an "intent to injure?" 

Why do bounties matter if the hits in question were reviewed both during and after the games and weren't found to be dirty either time?
In other words, why should* it be against the rules for Greg Williams to have paid bonuses for clean hits?



* I know these bonuses viloate the CBA. I'm talking about the morality of the payments themselves.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:21 pm
 

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Its time for the commissioner to step up and drop the hammer on Williams, Peyton and the G.M and the Saints organization. Williams should be suspended for 5 years from the NFL in any capacity; Peyton suspended for 10 regular season games and forfeit his salary to the league; theGM should be banned from the NFL and the team should lose the first 4 rounds of draft picks for this year and next.  The team makes so much money that a fine for this behavior would not be meaningful and not a deterent for the rest of the league.  Only extreme penalties will make a statement and let the other rouges out there not to repeat this unprofessional conduct.


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