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Gregg Williams is not expected to appeal

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On Friday, a flurry of appeals were followed in response to various punishments imposed by Commissioner Roger Goodell for the three-year bounty system maintained by the Saints.

The only person who hasn’t appealed is former Saints defensive coordinator and current Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Per a source with knowledge of the appeal process, Williams currently is not expected to appeal.  The decision (if that’s indeed the decision that is made) would arise at least in part from the specific terms of Williams’ indefinite suspension, which entails a review by Goodell after the 2012 season.  The inherently subjective process could be influenced by whether Williams pursues an appeal, and a decision not to appeal possibly could make Goodell more inclined to reinstate Williams after only one year.

The fact that everyone else has appealed will serve only to make Williams look even better in comparison.

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  1. jenniferxxx says: Mar 31, 2012 8:41 PM

    Amazing … this clown has more integrity than Sean Payton.

  2. sportmentary says: Mar 31, 2012 8:43 PM

    While the cheats in New Orleans are making a mockery of their involvement in bountygate by appealing, at least Williams is showing an ounce of decency by not appealing.

  3. kronix7 says: Mar 31, 2012 8:45 PM

    Atleast he’s man enough to own up to his misdeeds. Bravo Williams..

  4. seaner44 says: Mar 31, 2012 8:45 PM

    At least one of them is smart enough to accept the punishment

  5. nflanalyst says: Mar 31, 2012 8:47 PM

    It wouldn’t matter if he appealed it or not, no team would take the risk at this point at losing picks and/or cap space.

  6. jackers252 says: Mar 31, 2012 8:48 PM

    It doesn’t make those who appealed look bad either. The specific terms of their suspensions were never clearly spelled out. Plus, they have a little more to do to get ready than Williams.

    Only people making a big deal out of this is the media.

  7. cliffordc05 says: Mar 31, 2012 8:48 PM

    Good non-move by Williams…whatever the motivation.

  8. bucrightoff says: Mar 31, 2012 8:51 PM

    Credit for actually showing he meant his apology unlike the Saints and Payton/Loomis….but still a scumbag.

  9. talkintrashallday says: Mar 31, 2012 8:53 PM

    even if he did appeal and won…what would he win? “semi” indefinite suspension?

  10. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 31, 2012 8:56 PM

    Greg Williams – If I don’t appeal will you please let me back in the next year? Pretty please. I promise to be good.

  11. marcinhouston says: Mar 31, 2012 9:04 PM

    Yeah Williams looks so great by comparison. He only did this in 3+ cities for over a decade. Based on your argument, Hitler would look good because he took poison in his bunker instead of fighting war crimes charges, who cares if he was the central figure in all the wrong that was done, he ‘took responsibility’?????

  12. mrslay1 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:05 PM

    As usual everone has to be afraid of GODdell. Her we go…if you exercise your rights under the law we will punish you more. Thats rich! Not standing up for Williams but this man power trip has got to be stopped

  13. clownsfan says: Mar 31, 2012 9:07 PM

    Goodell is gonna squeeze this guy for as much info as he can & then ban him for life.

  14. letmesetyoustraight says: Mar 31, 2012 9:08 PM

    “The fact that everyone else has appealed will serve only to make Williams look even better in comparison.”

    Are you serious? That’s just nuts.

  15. benmci says: Mar 31, 2012 9:11 PM

    He’s holding the smoking gun……….why would he appeal?

  16. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:14 PM

    No last stand for Dr Heat?

  17. jameslongstaffe says: Mar 31, 2012 9:16 PM

    I have no doubt that Gregg Williams is not the only guilty party, but I say good for him to accept some responsibility. People make mistakes, & the key is to learn from them & do the best you can to make things better. As for the rest of the dishonest types, good luck lol

  18. gooftroopers says: Mar 31, 2012 9:16 PM

    I wouldn’t say it makes him look any better. Everyone is scrambling to do what’s in their own best interests. It’s in Sean’s best interests to appeal so he can help aid in the draft and find his replacement. It is most defiantly not in Greg’s best interests to appeal because his suspension could potentially be lifetime. Sean knows he’s coming back next year

  19. kronix7 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:17 PM

    Lol, no he still looks bad. He’s still a notch better than Payton and Loomis. Just saying

  20. giantsfan2104 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:20 PM

    Sean Payton thinks Gregg Williams is a brilliant defensive coordinator.

  21. delmonte55 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:21 PM

    Why does it make him look better not to appeal? They are well within their rights to appeal. To Judge, Jury, Executioner God-ell

  22. kronix7 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:26 PM

    Wow, fans blaming Goodell for bountygate. No way. If all of you fans out there take a good legal hit from a NFL player and see how quick you get up. I personly don’t want to see some young kid carted off the field. Especially from some player that’s getting 10,000 dollars from Jonathan Vilma.

  23. ttommytom says: Mar 31, 2012 9:26 PM

    He’s outta here until further review. By appealing he is pushing up the review. Not a good idea. Stupid idea, actually.

    You want ‘further review’ now or later when people have had time to forget?

  24. sportmentary says: Mar 31, 2012 9:26 PM

    @kronix7 sad how that makes Payton look. He’s a snake. I know this won’t happen but it would be awesome if Goodell punished him more severely for being an ahole and wasting his time.

  25. kronix7 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:27 PM

    Flag football anyone?

  26. downslide33 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:32 PM

    My guess is the reason Payton , Loomis, and Vitt appealed the suspensions is because it gives the Saints organization more time to prepare for the draft and to find their interim replacements.

  27. Wisconsin77 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:37 PM

    Of course he won’t, he needs all the good will he can garner in order to get back into the league. Funny, 2 years ago he was the toast of the league and Peyton kept bragging how he took a pay cut to get the highly touted Williams in. LMAO!!! How quickly they fall!

  28. annes22 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:37 PM

    They are all in this together, so get on with it.
    The Super Bowl should be handed back too, you didn’t deserve it. Wait until the players are fined and suspended too, see how many are involved.

  29. thejuddstir says: Mar 31, 2012 9:50 PM

    Goodell should’ve put the same conditions on Payton, Loomis, Saints etc………he should’ve doubled their penalty and told them that if they didn’t waste any more of his time or do anything else that puts the NFL in a bad light that he would cut their suspensions in half…….I still think he should add time to their suspensions for appealing as it’s obvious their “acceptance of full responsibility and apology” were a joke.

  30. Scott W. Black says: Mar 31, 2012 9:58 PM

    You guys must think that NFL football from the 60s until the 80s was a moral outrage, ‘cuz there was FAR worse stuff going on then.

  31. beavertonsteve says: Mar 31, 2012 9:59 PM

    Jeff Fisher is not hiring a D-Coordinator for a reason. Like it or not, Williams will be Rams DC next season.

  32. sportmentary says: Mar 31, 2012 9:59 PM

    @thejuddstir, I completely agree with you. It’s obvious that Payton, Loomis and Bensons did not accept the responsibility. If they had, they would have accepted it and moved forward.

  33. tramonisland says: Mar 31, 2012 9:59 PM

    Smart man. Go away quietly.

  34. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 31, 2012 10:00 PM

    Never thought Williams would be the only one to ‘man up’.

  35. kronix7 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:00 PM

    I concur sportsmentary

  36. brenenostler says: Mar 31, 2012 10:14 PM

    Keep in mind his role in all this way much worse than Sean Payton’s or Mickey Loomis’.

  37. no1draftpick says: Mar 31, 2012 10:14 PM

    Williams is at the mercy of Goodell if he ever wants to coach in the NFL again. So of course it’s in his best interest not to appeal.

    It is in the best interest of the Saints personnel to appeal. They get more time to prepare & have a small chance for a reduction of penalties.

  38. sloppydogg says: Mar 31, 2012 10:16 PM

    Why it was Greg who refuse to let the bounties go, and if i say so the true snitch behind this entire mess. Only thing he had to do was stop it, but did he listen no so that is why he got hit the hardest.

  39. billybatty says: Mar 31, 2012 10:21 PM

    the penitent man, the penitent man, the penitent man…………………………………………

  40. blacksaint213 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:26 PM

    I mean really!! reading all these comments just shows how much idiots there are in the world. If someone was taking your money on top of that 8.2 million then I would bet 90% would appeal. I amazes me how many people talk all kinds of trash behind an internet when they would do the same thing and its easier to say this when its not your money or you don’t have it. People are quick to post judgement about the greed of everyone but funny everyone was running to the store for the lottery that was drawn last night. Shawn P. should stick it to the NFL and Goodell also I promise you that the saints will be fine. People the offense is already in place and have been playing for over 6 years together. The defense is improving. I think S. Payton is brilliant for what he is doing.

  41. norcalmafia says: Mar 31, 2012 10:28 PM

    Back to the cellar you go Aints!

  42. denverscott says: Mar 31, 2012 10:30 PM

    mrslay1 says: Mar 31, 2012 9:05 PM

    As usual everone has to be afraid of GODdell. Her we go…if you exercise your rights under the law we will punish you more. Thats rich! Not standing up for Williams but this man power trip has got to be stopped

    Where does it say there will be more punishment? It’s like a plea bargain toadster and he took it. Paytons gonna be a beotch and try to get out of sticking to his word which was “We did it and I take full responsibility”. A man ends it there, Payton is no man, he’s a eunuch.

  43. bigwinintx says: Mar 31, 2012 10:35 PM

    I think someone got to this guy and told him to just do the time and move on.
    The more you create a sideshow about being the “victim” or stomp your feet and scream lawsuit, the more you come off looking like a douche.

    This will only get worse for the Saints’ organization…

    Even the Raiders knew when to shut down the rhetoric when the press came knocking.

  44. InFact says: Mar 31, 2012 10:41 PM

    I love Mike’s scoops and, even more impressive, he’s working at 8:30 pm on Saturday night.
    Texting his article from the Broadway play?

  45. mrslay1 says: Mar 31, 2012 10:48 PM

    You would do the same thing.. your just a PU**Y hiding behind a computer claiming to have morals you wouldn’t have the guts to use!

  46. 69finfan says: Mar 31, 2012 11:03 PM

    blacksaint213. Reading your comment shows me how many idiots there are in the world.

  47. kingfish4242 says: Mar 31, 2012 11:19 PM

    nflanalyst says:
    Mar 31, 2012 8:47 PM
    It wouldn’t matter if he appealed it or not, no team would take the risk at this point at losing picks and/or cap space.

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    agreed,and with a caveat. What’s rarely mentioned is the Saints defense under Williams wasn’t very good. Opponents had started figuring out his blitz happy schemes and often gashed the defense for huge plays. The final game winning drive by San fran is a perfect example. This wasn’t the first time the Saints defense made an average Qb like Alex Smith look like Elway or Montana.

    Rookie Jake Locker led the Titans to 10 points in 4 minutes against Williams defense. Matt Ryan did the same to send the first Falcon game into OT. Had Roddy White not dropped an easy TD pass, the Saints would have lost that game.

    No lead was ever safe with Williams Blitz happy schemes. He wanted every game to end like the SB against the Colts. Like I said earlier,teams started figuring his defenses out, but he was too stubborn to change. I wanted him gone after the Seattle loss. His schemes had slow footed SS Roman Harper trying to cover Wr’s. A veteran Qb Like Hassleback will exploit that mismatch every single time. Look at Marshawn Lynch’s TD Run. Not one Saints defender tried to wrap him up. They all went for the highlight hit and paid dearly.

    Ugh, enough of this novel. Paytons and loomis suspension is ok with me if it meant getting rid of Williams. I’ll bet my house Spagnola will run a far more sound defense and play correct situational football unlike GW

  48. jason1980 says: Mar 31, 2012 11:25 PM

    The Saints are big boys, you will all see when the
    season starts.

  49. musicman495 says: Apr 1, 2012 12:04 AM

    norcalmafia says: Mar 31, 2012 10:28 PM

    Back to the cellar you go Aints!
    ———————————–
    I hope you come back here with the big talk this fall after the Saints send your 49ers back to
    “norcal” with their tales between their legs.

  50. indywilson40 says: Apr 1, 2012 12:16 AM

    Guys with manboobs don’t win appeals.

  51. zack1102 says: Apr 1, 2012 12:30 AM

    New England pats and new Orleans are cheaters

  52. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 1, 2012 12:35 AM

    Reporters interviewed relatives, friends, acquaintances, and co-workers about Williams.

    To a person they said, “He is not appealing!”.

    With some going on to add, “………in the least.”.

  53. figpucker says: Apr 1, 2012 12:51 AM

    Man the masses of people here are so ignorant that it really isn’t even funny. The only reason Sean is appealing (along with the staff) is to get more prep time. They still accept responsibility and aren’t looking for a penalty reduction (though they’d take one). They just want to make sure things are somewhat in order before giving the keys to Tuna.

  54. realitypolice says: Apr 1, 2012 1:00 AM

    beavertonsteve says:
    Mar 31, 2012 9:59 PM
    Jeff Fisher is not hiring a D-Coordinator for a reason. Like it or not, Williams will be Rams DC next season.
    ====================

    Umm………it’s pretty common knowledge that William’s suspension will last at least a full year at which time the league will review his level of cooperation with the continued investigation moving forward to determine when and if he will be reinstated.

    There is absolutely no way he is coaching the Rams D in 2o12/13.

  55. blackcatsluck says: Apr 1, 2012 3:41 AM

    @blacksaint213

    Is your offense really that good and your defense improving or are there other shenanigans going on that only give that appearance? After all, your whole organization has demonstrated a willingness to ignore the rules most if not all other teams live by.

  56. kronix7 says: Apr 1, 2012 4:51 AM

    Blacksaint: people are also quick to to defend someone when it’s in their best intrest to. Meaning: only the saints fans. What’s that say about you?

  57. kronix7 says: Apr 1, 2012 4:57 AM

    Hello! It’s an internet forum. You do know what the purpose of a forum is right? People express ideas and their thoughts. Durr.

  58. jimbo75025 says: Apr 1, 2012 6:24 AM

    What if due to the appeal, RG sees something he missed before that even more incriminates Payton. Can he then increase the suspension?

  59. desertspin says: Apr 1, 2012 8:20 AM

    So, all-in-all, guess the league should have suspended them all indefinitely.

  60. garyman1 says: Apr 1, 2012 9:37 AM

    Come on….it’s not that hard to see what Williams is doing (or not doing). He needs to kiss some Goodell a$$ if he ever wants his million dollar job back.
    He’ll be mowing Goodell’s lawn this summer.

  61. cowboycjn says: Apr 1, 2012 9:56 AM

    Again so many just don’t understand what is happening. Why should Gregg appeal? He has nothing to gain, stalling a few days or weeks gives him nothing. On the other hand just because the N.O. group appealed does not mean they will not accept their punishment, its just a legal manuver to buy a lil more time to take care of business before starting the suspension. If the league didn’t intend to use an appeal do you think it would be in the procedures to start with? It’s a manuver that is in the procedures so why not use it? They know what they are doing even if you don’t.

  62. kingfish4242 says: Apr 1, 2012 10:09 AM

    jimbo75025 says:
    Apr 1, 2012 6:24 AM
    What if due to the appeal, RG sees something he missed before that even more incriminates Payton. Can he then increase the suspension?

    ———————————————-

    Highly unlikely, Keep in mind,Goodell is a lawyer by trade and made sure he had rock solid proof before handing out his initial penalties. I also agree with the poster above who said Payton is merely buying time before he turns the keys over to Parcells for next year.

    If you read between the lines when Parcells speaks it makes sense. He said he was intrigued by the offer,Sean is family etc etc. he also said he needed more than a few days to mull the offer over. Imo, that means he needs to spend more time with Payton going over the framework of the team. Unlike his other HC jobs,he’s not going to rebuild the team, he’s stepping in to a solid team with a HOF Qb being the teams leader.

  63. jigga757 says: Apr 1, 2012 11:24 AM

    y not appeal? people appeal to crimes they know they committed in court all the time so y not appeal a suspension? he can only keep it the same or lower the suspension…try ur luck like 90 percent of our nation did with the 640 million dollar lottery lol…it aint like u goin to jail gregg

  64. crabboil says: Apr 1, 2012 2:30 PM

    blackcatsluck-

    Sure. The Saints offense isn’t that good. It’s just shenanigans. Good one.

  65. kingfish4242 says: Apr 1, 2012 3:08 PM

    blackcatsluck says:
    Apr 1, 2012 3:41 AM
    @blacksaint213

    Is your offense really that good and your defense improving or are there other shenanigans going on that only give that appearance? After all, your whole organization has demonstrated a willingness to ignore the rules most if not all other teams live by.

    —————————————-

    Trust us saints fans on one thing. it sure wasn’t the defense that won us the Lombardi.

    Brees is the only Qb in league history to pass for over 5000 yards twice. Sorry, the Saints offense isn’t a fluke by any stretch. Brees will be making a speech in Canton 5 years after he takes his last snap.

  66. senky3 says: Apr 1, 2012 5:02 PM

    you saint fans are assuming that brees is there this year. from everything i have read, he aint playing with the franchise tag and without a long term contract. which is in the neighborhood of 23 mil. that my friends is the picture of a team player. coaches being suspended, gm suspended, d players waiting on penalties and what does the qb do? pouts and whines because he was only offered 18 mil a year. bummer

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