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Gregg Williams reinstated by NFL, hired by Titans

File photo of New Orleans Saints' Gregg Williams watching his team prepare for their NFL football game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans Reuters

Less than a year after he was suspended indefinitely for orchestrating the Saints’ bounty program, Gregg Williams is back in the NFL.

The Titans announced today that they have hired Williams, and that the league office has confirmed to the team that he has been reinstated and is welcome to return.

“Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams’ contract with the Titans has been approved and that he has been reinstated,” the team said in a statement. “The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams’ forthcoming acknowledgement of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game. The commissioner emphasized that Williams must fully conform to league rules and will be subject to periodic monitoring to confirm his compliance.”

This is Williams’ second stint with the franchise, having previously worked from the team from 1990 to 2000. His new title will be senior assistant for defense, and head coach Mike Munchak said he’s excited about what Williams can do for his team.

“I have known Gregg for over two decades and have seen him work his way up from a quality control coach to a head coach,” Munchak said. “He will bring a great deal of defensive knowledge and energy to our staff. The decision to bring him here only came after going through a thoughtful and thorough process.”

With Williams back, all of the suspensions for both players and coaches handed out in the Saints’ bounty scandal have come to an end, concluding one of the most controversial chapters of NFL history.

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56 Responses to “Gregg Williams reinstated by NFL, hired by Titans”
  1. dankinator says: Feb 7, 2013 12:16 PM

    What idiots. Beyond Goodell’s reinstatement, the Titans are beyond stupid to hire this guy. He’s already shown that he has a “me first” mentality, and that he’ll throw anyone under the bus to save his own ass.

    I wouldn’t trust him any further than I could thrown him.

  2. marvsleezy says: Feb 7, 2013 12:17 PM

    Now maybe his son can get a job there too.

  3. mogogo1 says: Feb 7, 2013 12:19 PM

    Surprised he was hired again that quickly. And not just because of the bounties but because it’s been a while since any of his defenses have been really good.

  4. djstat says: Feb 7, 2013 12:20 PM

    Goodell is pathetic

  5. sportnman says: Feb 7, 2013 12:20 PM

    He is one of the greatest defensive minds ever to coach. AFC South is going to become a lot more fun to watch!

  6. pongonfl says: Feb 7, 2013 12:21 PM

    I hate the guy, but he did his time. He has proved he can run a defense better the alot of men that currently hold the job.
    Good on him. It a performance league

  7. johnnycamparm says: Feb 7, 2013 12:24 PM

    Wow! It really took “like 5 seconds” for Williams to find a job… In yo’ face Rob Ryan!

  8. doclolly says: Feb 7, 2013 12:25 PM

    Great job Goodell you suspend Sean Payton who really didnt have direct influence in the bounty program for the same amount of time as the Guy who actually ran the Bounty program. I’m So glad you use logic and good judgement in your decisions

  9. sdisme says: Feb 7, 2013 12:26 PM

    There will be a fight in Tennessee over using John Deer’s [sic] or Gator Trucks to carry people off the field.

  10. gotitan says: Feb 7, 2013 12:27 PM

    About 31st in the league in total D last season. He can only help them on that side of the ball. Kill the head, the body will fall!

  11. blacknole08 says: Feb 7, 2013 12:27 PM

    Good for him and he deserves a second chance IMO. He admitted to his part in it and served his time.

    He might want to turn down the rhetoric he uses to motivate his players, but otherwise good hire for the Titans.

  12. melikefootball says: Feb 7, 2013 12:27 PM

    More and more God-del has show he is a coward to stand up to ones who come back at him. He will be the ruin of the NFL , from excess fines suspensions to changeing the way played . He shows much favortism in the eyes of fans . They may go the way of baseball and basketball.

  13. staff2cj says: Feb 7, 2013 12:27 PM

    Seriously, how could anybody trust this rat!!!

  14. joetoronto says: Feb 7, 2013 12:30 PM

    “The decision to bring him here only came after going through a thoughtful and thorough process about how to kill the head.”

  15. farmmbig says: Feb 7, 2013 12:31 PM

    National Fold League.

    This guy should never have the prviledge of working in another NFL game.

    Beyond ridiculous.

  16. thejuddstir says: Feb 7, 2013 12:31 PM

    I certainly don’t condone what he did in N.O. but he paid his penalty and I’m for everyone getting a second chance. It is insane for anyone to think that Williams and only Williams knew about the bounty system. At least Williams took responsibility for his part in bountygate, that’s more than can be said for Vitt and Vilma and thus it’s much easier to give him a second chance and respect than the V boys. Pretty hard for saints fans to say much becuz if they claim that Williams is evil then they are also admitting that a bounty system was in place (something they have yet to come to grips with), and if the other’s paid their penalty and have been reinstated, then why shouldn’t Williams.

  17. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Feb 7, 2013 12:33 PM

    It’s a production business. Kill the head and the body will die.

  18. dkrauss93 says: Feb 7, 2013 12:35 PM

    He got a 2nd chance. He better not mess it up. Good luck to him and te Titans.

  19. NOLA in Focus says: Feb 7, 2013 12:35 PM

    That’s wonderful news. We all know that in the 22 years that Gregg has been an NFL coach, he never once used any type of bounty/pay for performance system until he signed with the Saints. It’s really all the Saints fault that a bounty system was in place, which is why the Saints shouldn’t get back either of the 2nd round draft picks that were taken from them. Of course the NFL teams of Gregg’s past NFL stops should be allowed to retain all of their picks; bounties never existed in the NFL prior to the Saints’ 2009 season. And that’s how the Saints won the Super bowl, because nothing motivates players who are under contract for millions of dollars like the prospect of $500 weekly from a kitty pool. Sure the Saints were one of the least penalized teams, and least likely to seriously injure opponents, in Gregg’s time as Defensive Coordinator; all that means is they sucked at executing their vicious bounty program. And any ex-NFL player that steps forward and testifies that he was part of a bounty program on an NFL team other than the Saints, is obviously mistaken, and likely mentally challenged. What we really need is more punishments for the Saints, and more leniency on Gregg Williams.

  20. kcflake says: Feb 7, 2013 12:36 PM

    The NFL blew this decision. You can’t have a coach who is on tape encouraging his players to injure the other team’s players. Gregg Williams deserved to be banned for life from Football.

  21. atrophiedambitions says: Feb 7, 2013 12:37 PM

    So Sean Payton and Greg Williams, in the end, suffer the same degree of punishment.

  22. godofwine330 says: Feb 7, 2013 12:38 PM

    This is bullshiggidy. The fact that he has thrown his players under the bus to save his own tail is disgusting. Being innocent is the only reason to snitch. If your hands are dirty in anyway then you should take your penalty. If your hands are clean and you are accused then sing like a jay bird.

    His hands were the dirtiest, which means he should not have gotten off by snitching. I by no means agree with the BS “Stop Snitching” crap-ola, but someone with dirty hands should not get a reduced sentence by snitching on others.

  23. lightcleric says: Feb 7, 2013 12:39 PM

    Gregg Williams masterminds and runs the whole thing and gets suspended for a year. Sean Payton doesn’t exercise enough control over a guy he doesn’t really even like very much and gets suspended for a year.

    Anyone else see a disparity in the punishments here?

  24. eglsfan says: Feb 7, 2013 12:41 PM

    Vilma demands an explanation….and a trade to the Titans

  25. nwfisch says: Feb 7, 2013 12:41 PM

    Did Drew Brees ever receive an explanation?

  26. thejuddstir says: Feb 7, 2013 12:43 PM

    Gregg Williams …..new job 5 sec., Robbie Ryan….going on 5 wks and nothing yet. This has got to make Robbie boy embarrassed as hell.

  27. jbl429 says: Feb 7, 2013 12:44 PM

    Definitely can’t root for the Titans now. Not that I ever would anyway, but this pretty much confirms it.

  28. flipola says: Feb 7, 2013 12:50 PM

    If he can teach Jerry Gray how to coach a defense, I say bring him on.

  29. haterrus says: Feb 7, 2013 12:52 PM

    seem like the titans can be a play for fantasy defense next year —-

  30. dtlb58 says: Feb 7, 2013 12:55 PM

    Shocked! I thought he would never coach again.

  31. The Prophet says: Feb 7, 2013 12:55 PM

    While I think he deserves to be banned for life, at least we might not have to put up with any more whining from the Saints and their fans about how they were “screwed”.

  32. fanofevilempire says: Feb 7, 2013 12:56 PM

    shut up haters, the man was a scape goat…..
    this was a cover up to please the Gov’t with suspensions and avoid Anti Trust investigation that would have put the NFL in great danger to Gov’t sanctions, this isn’t just a football game.

    Remember the NFL brings in Billions PER YEAR.

  33. bigwaz says: Feb 7, 2013 12:59 PM

    Would you want him coaching your kids?

  34. greenejoemean says: Feb 7, 2013 1:02 PM

    You still have to block and tackle .

  35. nard100 says: Feb 7, 2013 1:13 PM

    Hey at least this guy was honest for the most part about what happened and I respect that.

  36. stigman2012 says: Feb 7, 2013 1:15 PM

    So Gregg Williams gets a solid job offer before Rob Ryan?

    Wow.

  37. tincansailor981 says: Feb 7, 2013 1:19 PM

    So much for an indefinite suspension and he was hired before Rob Ryan.

  38. Maurice Barksdale says: Feb 7, 2013 1:20 PM

    Gregg Williams is still one of the top defensive coordinators in the NFL regardless of Bountygate.

    And I’ve always said, the Saints weren’t the only team with a Bounty system, they were just the only ones who were caught.

  39. justintuckrule says: Feb 7, 2013 1:22 PM

    Probably the first move Goodell ever made that I agree with.

  40. rmfields says: Feb 7, 2013 1:32 PM

    Eagles should have hired Williams. But nooooo, our man was Billy Davis?????

  41. oldbyrd says: Feb 7, 2013 1:41 PM

    Everybody deserves a second chance. All being said, he is a tough def. coord. I would have welcomed him on The Eagles. Vic has come around. Paid the price and is on the right track. Who was more horrible then him?

  42. specialkgun says: Feb 7, 2013 1:44 PM

    bigwaz says:
    Feb 7, 2013 12:59 PM
    Would you want him coaching your kids?

    ——–

    I think the real question is: Would you want him coaching AGAINST your kids?

  43. dexterismyhero says: Feb 7, 2013 1:50 PM

    @lightcleric & all SAINTS Fans:

    Gregg Williams masterminds and runs the whole thing and gets suspended for a year. Sean Payton doesn’t exercise enough control over a guy he doesn’t really even like very much and gets suspended for a year.

    Anyone else see a disparity in the punishments here?
    ==================================
    No we don’t.
    Teams were told to stop. They did. Your team didn’t. Then lied about it. Get the hell over it.
    7-9 and no, nobody is afraid of your team in the coming year.

  44. raiderufan says: Feb 7, 2013 1:51 PM

    So let me get this straight.

    Payton gets suspended for the season, gets reinstated and becomes leagues richest coach. His main indiscretion is lack of control but come on….

    Williams gets caught ON TAPE talking about the program he was the head of and pointing out specific players to hurt, gets an INDEFINITE suspension (which you would assume is worse than just 2 weeks longer than a year suspension) and the minute he comes back he has a job that surely will morph into a co-ordinator job in his near future.

    10 win Lovie Smith? Never considered for a head coaching job and won’t sniff a sideline this season.

    What is going on around here!?

    This is just 1 part of the problem with him already having a job. The NFL needs to get it’s head out of you know where.

  45. purplegreenandgold says: Feb 7, 2013 1:59 PM

    Again the flock seems confused

  46. bartlettruss says: Feb 7, 2013 2:13 PM

    But the NFL is worried about players with “character issues”?

  47. marcinhouston says: Feb 7, 2013 2:19 PM

    This was always going to happen. If Goodell did not find Williams a job, Williams would take an advance and write a tell all book about bounties on all his 10 stops in the NFL. Also, the chapter is not closed, Goodell is still taking away the Saints 2nd round pick this year as punishment for challenging his authority with the appeals against his shoddy suspension evidence. Goodell should man up, admit he was wrong, stop coercing coaches to back his story with threats against their jobs, and give the Saints back their pick. They have been through enough, and never seriously injured any opponents during Williams tenure, unlike most other teams that player way more physical on D.

  48. mazblast says: Feb 7, 2013 2:55 PM

    Never mind that he threw his former boss and former players under the steamroller. He told Goodell what Goodell told him to tell him, so he gets reinstated.

    If I’m a Titans player, especially on defense, how can I seriously listen to this guy? Especially considering how long it’s been since one of his defenses was much good?

    One thing that’s certain–If I’m one of his players, I bring an audio recorder to every meeting and keep the tapes.

  49. olcap says: Feb 7, 2013 3:05 PM

    Pathetic and insidious. I’ve just lost the teeny bit of respect that I had for Goodell and his NFL. I don’t intend to support the NFL in any manner from this point onward. They are more despicable even than Williams.

  50. matthewcarlson1 says: Feb 7, 2013 3:12 PM

    doclolly says:
    Feb 7, 2013 12:25 PM
    Great job Goodell you suspend Sean Payton who really didnt have direct influence in the bounty program for the same amount of time as the Guy who actually ran the Bounty program. I’m So glad you use logic and good judgement in your decisions
    ————————————————-
    So you think that a control freak like Sean Payton had no idea that his Defensive Coordinator was running a bounty program? How about you pull the paper bag off your head and take your own advice. Logic and good judgement.

  51. iverpuke says: Feb 7, 2013 3:29 PM

    I wish I could say I cared about Greg Williams’ coaching career, but I don’t … care.

  52. flannlv says: Feb 7, 2013 3:35 PM

    His reinstatement should tell all you Saints haters just how much these suspensions were about PR and not trying to intentionally injure people.

    Giver the Saints their 2nd round pick back.

  53. wikipediasaidso says: Feb 7, 2013 4:03 PM

    I can’t figure out if it was Munchak’s preference all along to keep Jerry Gray and considered it a bonus to reunite him with Williams, or if he couldn’t get anyone else interested in the DC job because he’s not exactly the picture of head coaching job security right now — in which case, why not throw Williams (who probably didn’t have anywhere else to go) into the mix?

    Hey, it’s better than just keeping the status quo with Gray I guess…

  54. dexterismyhero says: Feb 7, 2013 4:25 PM

    @flannlv says:Feb 7, 2013 3:35 PM

    His reinstatement should tell all you Saints haters just how much these suspensions were about PR and not trying to intentionally injure people.

    Giver the Saints their 2nd round pick back.
    ==================================

    BS and no you shouldn’t get your pick back. We don’t hate your team. We just laugh at them and you.

  55. fafaflunky says: Feb 7, 2013 5:44 PM

    how does this happen and the cowboys
    and the redskins still have a cap
    penalty????oh yeah mara is in the
    same division..

  56. sbaltimore says: Feb 7, 2013 6:59 PM

    Dude should have been banned for life.

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