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Fisher: Gregg Williams is “shocked but remorseful”


The NFL’s bounty scandal discipline didn’t just affect the Saints. The Rams have lost defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for an “indefinite” period, and they’ll be forced to turn elsewhere for a coach to orchestrate schemes and playcalling on defense.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher held a brief press conference Wednesday afternoon to address Williams’ ban. Fisher confirmed that Williams will be “eligible for reinstatement when the [2012] season is over.”

Fisher stopped short of naming a new defensive coordinator, although that position is expected to go to either assistant head coach Dave McGinnis or defensive backs coach Chuck Cecil. McGinnis is considered the in-house favorite. Promoting Cecil might not go over well with the league.

Another possibility is a defensive coordinator-by-committee approach.

“We have a lot of things to sort out, as you can imagine,” Fisher said.

Fisher added that Williams was “shocked but remorseful” when he learned of his suspension, which will span at least one full football season. Fisher insisted the Rams had “no idea” of Williams’ program that encouraged the infliction of severe injuries on opponents.

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42 Responses to “Fisher: Gregg Williams is “shocked but remorseful””
  1. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 21, 2012 3:56 PM


  2. fargovikesfan says: Mar 21, 2012 3:56 PM

    yeah, he’s remorseful that he got caught, not that he did it.

  3. rpiotr01 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:56 PM

    I’m shocked. Shocked! Well, maybe not so shocked…

  4. vike4life says: Mar 21, 2012 3:57 PM

    I am shocked, but remorseful too!
    Signed- Momar Khaddafi

  5. sod61 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:57 PM

    What a liar! First thing he does when he goes to the Rams is hire his old buddy, and expects us to believe he does not know he runs bounties. Right.

  6. blacknole08 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:58 PM

    Gregg Williams deserves to have the book thrown at him. He had a chance to stop this but didn’t. He had a chance to come clean and lied. Now you feel remorseful bc you got caught? Get that mess outta here!!

  7. bobwhitequail says: Mar 21, 2012 3:58 PM

    ” Fisher insisted the Rams had “no idea” of Williams’ program that encouraged the infliction of severe injuries on opponents.”

    Hmmm, sounds a bit Fishy…

  8. bodester says: Mar 21, 2012 3:58 PM

    my god shave that mustache.

  9. toad8572 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:58 PM

    “Fisher insisted the Rams had “no idea” …” as he backed away from the podium with the “Bounty-Bag” behind his back…

  10. gergie1957 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:59 PM

    I heard after the ruling, Williams but a bounty out on the Comish.

  11. northlandpurple says: Mar 21, 2012 3:59 PM

    Ha!!!! Thats funny. How stupid does Gregg Williams think we all are. Remorseful??? Someone had to have told him to say that. There is no way he knows what that means!!
    What a joke of a human being!! I hope WalMart doesnt even hire him.

  12. coolgato13 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:59 PM

    And lucky ! Payton gets docked $8 million dollar yearly salary. How much does Williams make a year….?

  13. LaronLandry'sBiceps says: Mar 21, 2012 4:00 PM

    If Sean Payton got a year, then Gregg Williams better get at least two.

  14. gacoltfan says: Mar 21, 2012 4:00 PM

    I doubt he is remorseful that he did it. His remorse comes from getting caught.

  15. bergencountyjc says: Mar 21, 2012 4:01 PM

    Gregg Williams is flabbergasted! —- am I doing it right??

  16. skinspop102 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:01 PM

    Gregg Williams, welcome to the blacklist.

    Population, you, Al Capone, and Joe Pesci

  17. sah0620 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:02 PM

    I hope Chuck Cecil gets it. How ironic would it be to go from being called “too violent for the NFL” to being the replacement for a coach that had a bounty system?

  18. trbowman says: Mar 21, 2012 4:02 PM

    Remorseful that he got caught.

  19. 6ball says: Mar 21, 2012 4:02 PM


    Fisher knew nothing about bounty programs at Williams previous stops like Tennessee either.

    Run for office, Jeff


  20. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 21, 2012 4:03 PM

    Jeff Fisher seems like the type of guy that would punch you in the face for something like that. Just sayin

  21. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 21, 2012 4:06 PM

    “We skimmed off the big fat one. Let’s see which is the next turd to float to the top.”.

  22. deelron says: Mar 21, 2012 4:15 PM

    I don’t know, I mean if I was interviewing someone for a job who I knew was accused of something in the field I’m hiring him in it might go something like this.

    “So hey Gregg, nice to see you again. I heard through about your team being investigated a couple years back about some bounty program. Tell me, was it true, I’d like to know now before I hire you.”

    As opposed to
    “Hey Gregg, lets not talk about anything that happened in your previous work experience and environment that could possibly have an effect on us hiring you, you’re hired.”

    Seems reasonable.

  23. bleedgreen11 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:16 PM

    Tell me Mr. Fisher does not remind you of Ron from parks and recreation…

  24. flexingbastard says: Mar 21, 2012 4:21 PM

    The Dolphins got a break when Fisher decided to go the Rams, just imagine if he was the Dolphins’ coach and with all the free agents miss that would be something

  25. mvp43 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:25 PM

    Remorseful………….Ya, so much so that he ignored the NFL’s warnin to stop it 3 years ago.


  26. CKL says: Mar 21, 2012 4:26 PM

    Yes and Competition Commitee Fisher had NO clue what type of guy Williams is. RIIIIGGGGHHHHT.

  27. mediasloppy says: Mar 21, 2012 4:29 PM

    Jeff Fisher seems like a guy who does NOT condone cheap shots on players or bounties. He has gone off on his own players that have done bad things.

    I think the Rams got blind-sided and hope they don’t have to pay Williams any money or get back any they may already have. Otherwise it sucks to be them.

  28. drbob117 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:32 PM

    I’m sure Williams is real sorry. I mean , if you were about to lose all the money he’s losing you’d be sorry too.

  29. clinttaurus says: Mar 21, 2012 4:33 PM

    “Gregg Williams is “shocked but remorseful”

    actually I’m guessing he’s really neither…

    but Jeff Fisher IS shocked and remorseful at being stuck with Corky Cecil as his d-coord again!

  30. hscorpio says: Mar 21, 2012 4:42 PM

    Sorry, not buying that Fisher didn’t know about Williams use of bounties. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Fisher learned the system as a player from Buddy Ryan and passed it on to all his defensive coaches.

    There was plenty of talk of dirty play surrounding the Titans when Fisher was there. Just like there is plenty of talk of dirty play with the Lions, coached by ex-Tenn DC Jim Schwartz.

  31. allenk0780 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:53 PM

    well he has time to work off his man tits….

  32. jets4gold says: Mar 21, 2012 4:59 PM

    of course he’s remorseful … He got caught

  33. rjkilla says: Mar 21, 2012 5:04 PM

    if i’m a defensive player and the saints gave me a contract worth millions i’d be going out there to crush people for money. there’s no need for the added incentive because destroying the offense is the reason the defense is there. this story really makes no sense to me seeing as how they weren’t hitting people illegally and there’s no discrepancy between the number of injuries caused by the saints compared to any other team. but i’m a panther fan so yeah, we’ll take it

  34. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 21, 2012 5:14 PM

    Just one more thing to make the NFL a soft league. No wonder all the kids are into MMA now and not the NFL. If this keeps up they should name it the NCL for no contact league. I sure hate what Goodell has done to the league.

  35. sabatimus says: Mar 21, 2012 5:15 PM

    The Rams ought to be able to void Williams’ contract.

  36. Matt Volk says: Mar 21, 2012 5:15 PM

    Makes me wonder how much Fisher paid Hansworth for ‘the stomp’ back in the day

  37. sabatimus says: Mar 21, 2012 5:18 PM

    I’d like to thank NBC for leading me to this article…and thereby leading me to the football police blotter on the right. Now THAT’S funny.

  38. 104312conundrum says: Mar 21, 2012 6:08 PM

    Not even close to good enough, dude. Sorry doesn’t cut it here

  39. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 21, 2012 7:20 PM

    The fact that he and Payton are Shocked! Shocked! tell us that they still don’t think they really did anything wrong.

  40. sterlingsaint says: Mar 21, 2012 7:26 PM

    Part of the NFL Competition Committee here — Williams learned his craft under defensive-minded Fisher.

    Hypocrisy reigns!

  41. Deb says: Mar 21, 2012 7:42 PM

    He’s shocked??? So I guess he’s stupid as well as malevolent. 🙄

  42. josiewales69 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:41 PM

    dirty bugger!!!

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