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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: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:43 am

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

The Saints, now lets just look at the whole picture. The Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and now the Saints. All these teams were at one time suspect in bounty fees paid the players to take a player out of the game. Oh !!!!!! wait there is ONE common denominator here, Gregg Williams. He was the defensive coordinator on each of these teams when those type of allegations would come up. Now, should the team who he coached be penalized are should Gregg Williams be the one penalized. Prehaps a disgruntle employee should learn not to bring his former employer down because he is pissed from being terminated. If he is the one coordinating the program on these teams he once coached he should be the one that suffered the blowns from the allegations. NO team in the NFL has a more aggressive defensive than the Pittsburgh Steelers, just ask Cleveland's QB.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:41 am
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Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:33 am

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

I can't believe what I'm reading!  Well, maybe I can after some of the comments that I have read over the years.  "Spygate is worse".  "Only legal hit were paid".  Spygate didn't attempt to injure anyone; it was cheating.  In case you couldn't figure this out by yourselves, there is a fine line between a legal hit and an illegal hit.  That could mean the possibility of someone's career being ended.  A player being amped up just that little bit extra because of the dollar signs in front of his eyes.  (Like they don't make enough already; they need extra incentive to do their jobs.) The linebacker holding on a little longer to the RB's leg and popping the ligaments.  Legal hit but the RB's done for the season, maybe more.  The DB who is more focused on leveling the WR and misses that the WR didn't catch the ball and still crushes the WR.  Borderline legal hit.  Concussion for the WR.  What about the PR and KR? (They might be crazy to begin with.)  Anyone associated with the bounty progarm should be dealt with severely.  I don't think the Rams should lose draft picks unless it could be proven that they hired Williams because they wanted the bounty progarm in their camp.  Don't defend Williams because he's now on your favorite team.  How would you feel if it was against you team?  Too many passes are given to today's athletes: "He shot somone?  I hope he's not traumatized by it!"  "He ran someone over in his car?  I hope the insurance covers it."  "He's the moneyman in the drug ring?  Hope he gets a good return on the investment."  Quit giving athlete passes on unacceptable behavior, it's sending the wrong message to the young.  "Be a star and you can do whatever you want!" Great lessons to be learned!  Smarten up people!

Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:31 am
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Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:22 am

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

meetings would go on if there were spilled milk so grow up

Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:21 am

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

I dont agree that Roger Goodell and the NFL has never ever known about the "BOUNTY PROGRAM" ever!!! You all are fools and completely liars if none of you have ever known about the BOUNTY PROGRAM. I think the Bounty Program is a good thing if used appropratley, its called awarding good performance. If you dont like the way the Saints play then get out of the way or get run over. 

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and the list just keeps going on and on.   People you need to grown up. The NFL is becoming a cheerleading competition.  

GOODELL youre fired!!!      
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:11 am

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

I have long suspected many NFL teams, and some college teams such as Ohio State and Michigan State, try to intentionally injure opponents, especially quarterbacks and running backs.  For example, Ohio State won its tainted "championship" by injuring the starting QB and RB for Miami.  Since both teams cheated to get into the game in the first place, it's a moot point, but the example is still there.  Anyway, it's gotten to a point where I no longer feel sorry for players on those teams who get injured, because I figure it's a case of "live by the sword, die by the sword."

If these allegations are, as they appear, true, suspensions of at least one year are warranted.  The NFL is in a sticky situation here, though.  If they admit that this happened, they open themselves up to lawsuits.  If they sweep it under the carpet, those who participated get away without consequences.  

If there was a way to suspend all involved for a year and "fix" things so that all of the liability falls squarely on the owners of the teams involved, it would take care of everything.

Since: Mar 11, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:02 am

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Just because flags didnt come down doesnt mean they didnt cheat. Why would there be meetings going on with the commish if the wrong things didnt happen. Everyone has an opinion and i still think the Vikings were the better team. But win or lose, no money gets put in my or your checking accounts if our teams win, so its not that big of a deal. So , relax mike.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:02 am

Gregg Williams to meet with NFL again

Joe Paterno lost his job because it came out that he didn't do anything about one of his bad coaches eventhough he was fully aware of what evil things Sandusky was doing. Joe Gibbs is retired from the NFL so he cannot be touched, but arrogant Sean Payton is still coaching. I say make the Saints give up a player to each team that their criminal defense harassed. As for Gregg Williams...he should never work in football again. His apology is not worth the paper it's written on. If Williams was truly sorry then he would tell everyone that he harmed that he will do whatever it takes to make things right....whatever it takes. Sadly, Williams is a bully and a coward and Roger Goodell should kick Gregg Williams to the curb! But seeing as that Goodell also knew about the allegations surrounding Williams over the years Williams will most likely be punished as severely as the Oregon Ducks football other punishment at all.

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:01 am
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