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Sun, 01 Dec 2013 08:05:45 -0800
Tennessee Titans assistant coach Gregg Williams is expected to receive interest from teams looking for new defensive coordinators this offseason.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:44:55 -0700
Former NFL LB Barrett Green is suing the Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans senior defensive assistant Gregg Williams and former NFL TE Robert Royal for allegedly ending his career. Green said his knee injury resulted from a bounty program in which the Redskins' coaches encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents. He said the injury was the result of an "unusual, outrageous and an obvious cheap shot."
Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:15:35 -0700
Tennessee Titans DE Kamerion Wimbley said he believes senior assistant coach Gregg Williams will help out the defense next season. "I think Coach Williams will bring about some change that's definitely needed here to get us going in the right direction," Wimbley said. " ... I think there might be a little difference in style. I can tell right now he's expecting a lot, which is great, because I think we expect a lot of ourselves as well."
Sat, 09 Feb 2013 09:21:44 -0800
Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray will continue to call plays in 2013; however, senior defensive assistant Gregg Williams will also have his say on how the unit is run. The defense will be "a mix of aggressiveness and a mix of bend-but-don't-break," according to Williams. "That's always been a part of what I'm about anyway. You have to adapt to the situation with what is needed to be effective during that time of the game. Maybe it is bend-but-don't break. Maybe it is pressure. But we've got to do what is best for the players here," Williams said.
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:06:39 -0800
Updating a previous report, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said senior defensive assistant Gregg Williams has a one-year deal.
Thu, 07 Feb 2013 09:19:09 -0800
The NFL has reinstated former St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. He will now join the Tennessee Titans as a senior defensive assistant.
Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:52:11 -0800
The NFL are expected to announce the former St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' reinstatement this week. He likely will join the Tennessee Titans coaching staff once he is reinstated.
Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:11:16 -0800
The Tennessee Titans could add Gregg Williams (Rams) as a defensive assistant, and not an assistant head coach. Williams still needs to be reinstated by the NFL.
Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:32:20 -0800
Tennessee Titans FS Michael Griffin said he believes former St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams would help the Titans' defense he is hired. "If he comes, I know coach [defensive coordinator Jerry Gray] has coached underneath him (in the past), so I don't think it would be anything where two coaches bump heads trying to figure things out," Griffin said. "Just watching the [New Orleans Saints] play when they won the Super Bowl, and watching the way they played (under Williams) … and he's been a coach here before. So he'd be able to bring all that together. I think it would help us in the long run."
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 17:13:30 -0800
Former St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams likely will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell early next week to discuss his possible instatement. The Tennessee Titans are interested in hiring Williams as an assistant head coach.
Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:47:12 -0800
The Tennessee Titans have met with former St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and are close to hiring him as their assistant head coach.
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 12:52:21 -0800
Former St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was allowed to look for a job after the regular season ended but has not been reinstated at this point. Once Williams finds a team interested in hiring him, NFL commission will evaluate his status for reinstatement.
Thu, 03 Jan 2013 04:33:36 -0800
Suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will not return to the St. Louis Rams next season, according to sources.
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 07:22:47 -0800
Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams testified in the Saints bounty hearings Friday, Nov. 30. LB Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith were present as well.
Thu, 27 Sep 2012 06:57:17 -0700
New Orleans Saints LB Jonathan Vilma revealed via his Twitter account Wednesday, Sept. 26, that ESPN is working on a "character study" of Vilma and suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Vilma posted a photo of a letter sent to one of his former teammates with the New York Jets from an ESPN producer asking for an interview about Vilma. The letter said the sports network was preparing a "character study" of Vilma and Williams that would run this weekend.
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 04:46:32 -0700
The NFL has not found evidence that bounty programs existed at the Washington Redskins when former coach Gregg Williams was on their staff, according to an anonymous league source. The NFL has not released any official communication regarding the investigation's status. The accusations of improper behavior stem from Williams' role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Williams has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 04:44:10 -0700
The NFL has not found evidence that bounty programs existed at the Buffalo Bills when former coach Gregg Williams was on their staff, according to an anonymous league source. The NFL has not released any official communication regarding the investigation's status. The accusations of improper behavior stem from Williams' role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Williams has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
Sat, 14 Jul 2012 05:36:59 -0700
Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, suspended indefinitely for his role in the team's bounty scandal, said Friday, July 13, that he hasn't communicated with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in months but that he does not plan on being in coaching exile forever. "I will coach again," Williams said.
Mon, 18 Jun 2012 05:55:35 -0700
The NFL's evidence against the suspended New Orleans Saints coaches, players and former players included emails that Sean Payton's close friend and confidant, Mike Ornstein, sent from prison, offering up bounties for hits. However, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation, Ornstein insisted his emails were jokes, and he unsuccessfully attempted to convince commissioner Roger Goodell of this during their conversations. Ornstein reportedly gave the NFL and the NFL Players Association a text that he said came from former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, saying, "I stood up for you and told them just that. I told them we never took that (stuff) serious. I never ever saw you ever give money and that's just the truth."
Wed, 06 Jun 2012 04:28:04 -0700
Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita admitted being in the New Orleans Saints' locker room when former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams delivered his brutal pregame speech imploring the Saints to target San Francisco 49ers players. Fujita said he feels Williams' comments were highly inappropriate. "I'm not proud of things that were said by Gregg Williams and at the same time he's a man I respect and loved playing for, so there's definitely a conflict with all that," Fujita said.
Sat, 02 Jun 2012 05:43:38 -0700
Documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphlion said that New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita and the NFL Players Association knew about his recording of a vicious motivational speech by ex-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams before it was released. Pamphlion added the players sought to influence when the recording was made public.
Mon, 07 May 2012 11:15:11 -0700
Green Bay Packers DE Anthony Hargrove said in a written declaration to the NFL that he was told by St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and New Orleans Saints linebackers coach Joe Vitt to deny the existance of the Saints' bounty program in 2010 when all were members of the Saints and were being investigated by the NFL. Hargrove denied the existence of the program when talking with NFL investigators in 2010 like the coaches told him.
Wed, 25 Apr 2012 06:44:18 -0700
Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith said that New Orleans Saints players were encouraged to go after him. "I actually had an altercation with a guy who told me firsthand," Smith said, although he didn't name the player. "I was going out of bounds, and the guy went for my ankle. I said, 'Hey, man, cut that out.' He's like, 'Well, we get fined if we don't go after your legs when you go out of bounds.' … And actually this past year, this last game when we played them, I had a little conversation with Gregg Williams … He took responsibility, he was saying it wasn't right, but that's who he was."
Thu, 19 Apr 2012 07:58:33 -0700
Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his role in the team's bounty program, has already begun the process of working towards being reinstated. Williams' advisers have contacted high-ranking league officials to determine what actions Williams should take during his suspension in order to apply for reinstatement.
Mon, 16 Apr 2012 04:55:26 -0700
The NFL Players Association had detailed knowledge of the video and audio tapes in which former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams implored his team to target San Francisco 49ers players for injury before the tapes became public April 4, according to sources. Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita, a former Saints linebacker and a member of the union's executive committee, provided the NFLPA with the details of Williams' speech and the tape that independent film-maker Sean Pamphilon had made accessible to him, according to sources. Fujita is among the players who face disciplinary action from commissioner Roger Goodell for participation in a "pay for performance" pool that also served as a bounty program aimed at targeting opposing players for injury, which the league said was administered by Williams.
Fri, 13 Apr 2012 10:36:37 -0700
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher indicated he would be open to the possibility of retaining defensive coordinator Gregg Williams once his indefinite suspension is lifted.
Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:43:00 -0700
The St. Louis Rams announced their full coaching staff without suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and the team has elected not to replace their defensive coordinator. However, this could change before the start of the season. "I've got Dave McGinnis on staff, Chuck Cecil on staff," head coach Jeff Fisher said. "I'll remind you that the playbook that Gregg has originated in my office, so I have a pretty good feel for the defense. At this point, I don't have liberty to say who is going to make the calls and the decisions, but it'll get done and it'll get done effectively."
Mon, 09 Apr 2012 05:49:39 -0700
Former NFL DL Chidi Ahanotu said former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was much different as head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Ahanotu said Williams was softer. "He was the softest coach I've been around," Ahanotu said. "It was to the point, really, where I said, 'Man, this guy's really not made out to be a coach.' Honestly, that's what I always felt in Buffalo - this is not football. His approach was very cerebral."
Sat, 07 Apr 2012 06:38:32 -0700
Former NFL LB Antonio Pierce said former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' speech, in which he told players to target injured opponents, is nothing new. "I've heard that speech from seven of the defensive coordinators I've played with in my nine-year career," Pierce said. "Think about it, if a guy knows he's going to get hit hard, he's not going to come across that middle." Pierce, who played under Williams with the Washington Redskins in 2004, called the coach's choice of words "a little harsh, they're a little tough," but talked about the awareness of an opponent's injured players. "Throughout the week we always knew who was injured and what body part was injured," Pierce said. "If he's not in the game, our chances of winning are higher. And that's what it's all about. It's all about winning."
Sat, 07 Apr 2012 05:00:29 -0700
Documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon is refuting a claim by retired NFL player Steve Gleason that he released a recording of then-New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams without legal permission. Pamphilon said he did not violate a contractual agreement between he and Gleason. "It is true that from the beginning Steve and his wife (Michel) were opposed to releasing this footage and I felt strongly that the public had a right to hear this material and judge for themselves," Pamphilon said in a statement. "To this end, we agreed upon a third party, a person of high character who both Steve and I trust implicitly, to mediate and advise us on the final decision. When I received a call from this person saying to release the audio 'the sooner the better,' I did just that. ..."
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 09:31:19 -0700
According to sources close to the New Orleans Saints, suspended head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis directed former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to ensure no inappropriate conduct would occur.
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 09:25:51 -0700
Updating previous items, New Orleans Saints players and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams were under the impression that filmmaker Sean Pamphilon was with the team to make a private recording for former player Steve Gleason and his family when Williams delivered his chilling pregame speech prior to the team's playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers. The men in the Saints' locker room had no idea Pamphilon was ever going to make what he saw and heard public. According to a source, Gleason, who has been diagnosed with ALS, had joined up with Pamphilon to make private recordings that could some day be given to Gleason's son, so that he could get to know his dad after he was no longer alive. Gleason plans to issue a statement saying that Pamphilon was not authorized to publicize what he recorded.
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:25:27 -0700
Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told his unit prior to their playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers not to (expletive) apologize for how the Saints were going to play and hoped he picked the right people to play that won't apologize. Williams repeatedly said from audio recorded by filmmaker Sean Pamphilon, "Kill the head and the body will die."
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 05:47:28 -0700
A speech recorded by documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon allegedly captures former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams imploring his players to injure specific San Francisco 49ers the night before January's NFC Wild Card Game. Williams delivers a fiery, profanity-laced speech urging Saints players to inflict harm on several 49ers, including QB Alex Smith, RB Frank Gore, and WRs Michael Crabtree and Kyle Williams. "At one point Williams says, 'We hit (expletive) Smith right there' - then he points under his chin (and continues) - 'remember me,'" Pamphilon said. "Then he rubs his thumb against his index and middle fingers - the cash sign - and says, 'I got the first one. I got the first one. Go get it. Go lay that (expletive) out.'"
Fri, 30 Mar 2012 10:43:54 -0700
St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has decided against appealing his indefinite suspension for his involvement in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program.
Mon, 26 Mar 2012 06:14:19 -0700
Updating previous items, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote a letter to suspended St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, explaining how Williams can return to the NFL following the upcoming season. "I will review your status at the conclusion of the 2012 season and consider whether, and if so, on what terms, you may be reinstated and again eligible to be employed in the NFL," Goodell wrote. "In making this decision, I will give considerable weight to the extent to which you cooperate with my office in any further proceedings, as well as developing and implementing programs designed to teach players and coaches - particularly at other levels of the game - how to play football in a way that is safe, fair, and that respects the game and those who participate in it ... I appreciate that this decision will be difficult for you. I hope you will use the opportunity to reflect on how you can return to the NFL in a way that honors the game and improves it for those who participate in it."
Thu, 22 Mar 2012 06:34:41 -0700
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said he will not name a new defensive coordinator in place of suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, but declined to commit to bringing Williams back when (and if) the suspension is lifted. "You know, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Fisher said.
Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:06:28 -0700
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is confident that his unprecedented punishments in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, including an indefinite suspension of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and a yearlong suspension of head coach Sean Payton, were warranted given the facts of the case. "I don't think you can be too hard on people that put at risk our players' health and safety," Goodell said. "That is a critical issue for us going forward and has been in our past." Goodell said there's no doubt in his mind that the Saints lied to the league office when the bounty investigation began. "Clearly, we were lied to," Goodell said. "We investigated this back in 2010, we were told it was not happening, it continued for another two years until we got credible evidence late in the 2011 season and we were able to identify significant information that verified from multiple sources that this was going on for a three-year period."
Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:01:15 -0700
St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams have been suspended indefinitely for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program. This case will be reviewed after the 2012 season and the NFL will consider reinstatement.
Sun, 11 Mar 2012 13:10:57 -0700
The St. Louis Rams expect to find out this week what type of punishment defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will receive for his involvement in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program.
Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:25:50 -0800
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton are taking full responsibility for the team's bounty system and both promised it "will never happen again." Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has apologized for running the system as a member of the team. Punishments for the involved parties have yet to be handed down by the league.
Mon, 05 Mar 2012 09:54:19 -0800
Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita could be disciplined in connection with the New Orleans Saints bounty probe. Fujita played under Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who allegedly promoted placing bounties on opposing players.
Mon, 05 Mar 2012 09:42:43 -0800
St. Louis Rams assistant head coach Dave McGinnis could take over for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams if he is suspended over his involvement in a bounty program. McGinnis was trained in the same Buddy Ryan-style defense as Williams and has plenty of experience running defenses in the NFL.
Mon, 05 Mar 2012 05:49:06 -0800
Former Buffalo Bills S Coy Wire said St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams promoted cash bonuses for delivering hits that seriously injured opponents while he was head coach of the Bills. "There was financial compensation," Wire said. Wire joined the team in 2002 and said an environment of "malicious intent" was in place when he arrived. "There were rewards. There never was a point where cash was handed out in front of the team. But surely, you were going to be rewarded. When somebody made a big hit that hurt an opponent, it was commended and encouraged," Wire said.
Mon, 05 Mar 2012 05:25:37 -0800
When St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was defensive coordinator with the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, he promoted an aggressive style of play and encouraged big hits on opponents. The team had a player-organized performance incentives pool to reward big plays - everything from bone-jarring hits to touchdowns to downing punts inside the 10 - with extra money.
Sun, 04 Mar 2012 22:48:35 -0800
National Football League Security is recalling St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to New York City Monday, March 5, for more discussions about his role in the Bounty situation when he was defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints.
Sat, 03 Mar 2012 06:55:17 -0800
Five Washington Redskins players and one former Redskins assistant confirmed Friday, March 2, that Gregg Williams operated a bounty-type program when he was defensive coordinator of the Redskins from 2004 to 2007. Three players said Williams paid out thousands of dollars to his players for hits such as "kill shots." One player specifically described Williams as a "coach who just took it a little too far."
Sat, 03 Mar 2012 05:57:21 -0800
Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy said the Tennessee Titans at one time at a bounty out for Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning. "I know they had them in Tennessee," Dungy said via text. Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams also had a bounty on Manning in Super Bowl XLIV.
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 14:52:03 -0800
St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams released a statement apologizing for his involvement in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program. "I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. (Tom) 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," Williams said.
Fri, 02 Mar 2012 13:26:22 -0800
St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams could be disciplined for his involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty program. The NFL could fine or suspend Williams for his involvement and there is a chance both things could happen to Williams.