Should Gregg Williams Be Banished from the NFL?

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07:  Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of the New Orleans Saints looks on during warms up prior to playing against the Detroit Lions at Mercedes-Benz Superdome during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Gregg Williams might want to hold off on his plans to make his triumphant return to the NFL in 2013.

Williams has been given permission to seek employment after being suspended the entire 2012 season for his role as a ringleader in the New Orleans Saints' "Bounty" system. 

Not so fast. 

According to's Mike Triplett, Joe Vitt's testimony on December 3, 2012 offered an even darker picture of Williams' tactics than previously reported:

Among the most incendiary details that have not been previously reported was Vitt's allegation that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams once promised rewards to players if they would knock down or take out the knees of assistant coaches from other teams on the sideline when a tackle carried over off the field.

Vitt went on to say that he told players that, "such practices were unacceptable."

At least one analyst isn't surprised by this. Bleacher Report's Aaron Nagler tweeted:

Explains some odd OOB shots RT @eyeonnfl Vitt: Gregg Williams promised to reward players for injuring opposing coaches

— Aaron Nagler (@Aaron_Nagler) January 30, 2013

VItt also made this shocking claim:

"If our players went out and performed what came out of Gregg Williams' mouth, and it went from his lips to their ears, and then it went to the performance, we would have people in jail right now ma'am," Vitt said to NFL attorney Mary Jo White. "We would have people in jail right now."


Warning: This video contains NSFW language. 

The picture Vitt paints is one of an extremely disturbed individual who would go to any lengths to gain an advantage over his opponent—and one who was willing to pervert the minds of the players under his command.

Even Drew Brees, who has been one of the most vocal opponents of the NFL's handling of "Bountygate," admits that Williams crossed the line.

In an interview with NFL Network's "NFL AM," Brees said, "He sounds like a madman. He sounds reckless, careless. Even that rhetoric doesn't belong in the game."

Brees went on to say that you can't judge intent, nor can you judge everything said in NFL locker rooms as the gospel truth, given that many things are said in the heat of the moment. But he made it clear that Williams' outrageous behavior isn't acceptable.

He's right.

Williams just can't be trusted. In today's NFL, when safety is supposed to be the first order of priority, he's the last guy teams should want on staff, and the last guy Roger Goodell should allow on the sidelines.

Williams doesn't belong in the NFL. Not now. Not ever.

Goodell needs to take a strong stance against allowing Williams back into the league. He needs to ban him for life.


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