Gregg Williams talking to NFL about reinstatement steps

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Gregg Williams’ indefinite suspension from the NFL just started, but he’s already talking to the league about getting reinstated.

Jason La Canfora of reports that Williams has started the discussion about what steps he will need to take while suspended in order to be in a position to bring the suspension to an end. There’s no word on what those steps might be or what kind of time frame there would be before any decision would be made, but La Canfora reports that Williams has been willing to comply in any way possible thus far.

While it has been widely speculated that Williams’ suspension would turn into a de facto lifetime ban, there’s precedent for the process in the Michael Vick case. Vick was suspended indefinitely in 2007 after pleading guilty to federal charges related to his involvement in dogfighting. He was reinstated in time to join the Eagles for the 2009 season after a series of meetings with Roger Goodell and following steps prescribed by the league.

Williams’ case is different from Vick’s, obviously, but it would appear that there will be a way for Williams to get back into the game. He isn’t eligible for reinstatement until after the Super Bowl in 2013 so there’s plenty of time for the process to play out before any kind of decision needs to come from the league about Williams’ future as a coach.

46 responses to “Gregg Williams talking to NFL about reinstatement steps

  1. He should be allowed to return if the NFLPA (with an affirmative secret ballot of NFL players) gives him a positive recommendation.

  2. GW’s reinstatement path will include but is not limited to the following:
    A) He must not attempt to defend himself.
    B) He must never tell the uneventful truth about this non-story to anyone except Goodell.
    C) If allowed to speak publicly he must stick to Goodell approved talking points and admit to things that never happened.

  3. For Williams to be reinstated, he should at least have to admit that he did direct his team to injure other players, and that he exercised horrible judgment in doing so. He should issue apologies to those players targeted, and to his team for asking them to do something so beyond the pale.

    Admission is the first step in recovery.

  4. Step #1: Do not talk about bounty programs in Washington, Buffalo, Tennessee, etc that the person in charge of your reinstatement has decided to ignore and deny all compelling evidence of.

  5. “Williams has started the discussion about what steps he will need to take while suspended in order to be in a position to bring the suspension to an end.”

    Reincarnation might be a good start.

  6. Of course he should be reinstated. Williams is a saint compared to some of The real criminals in this league.

  7. If he gets reinstated, then I say a bounty on his head… Special team gunners you hear me? lol you guys basically run down the field out of bounds anyways, as Herm Edwards says, WHY NOT?!

  8. vikingsinla says:
    Apr 18, 2012 6:01 PM
    Step 1: put him in a room for 10 minutes with Brett Favre armed a baseball bat.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    And what would that prove? The first timeFavre picked up the bat to swing he would dislocate his shoulder. The old man belongs in retirement in a nursing home – never should have been on a playing field. And it surely could not help the Vikes – they can’t play ball to win OR do you mean they need a baseball bat to evenup their chances of maybe winning?

  9. SeenThisB4 says: Apr 18, 2012 6:14 PM

    Of course he should be reinstated. Williams is a saint compared to some of The real criminals in this league.
    Like Sean Payton, who took money from a mobster to fund his bounty program? Good point, since they plan to reinstate him Williams should get a 2nd chance. Hope they let him back and he coaches the Rams defense because he sucks.

  10. nowillrepeat says:
    Apr 18, 2012 6:09 PM
    Everyone deserves a second chance
    Wasn’t his second chance a few years ago when the Commish told the Saints to stop the bounties in 2009 and they didn’t? Then lied about it.
    Give him a couple of seasons to think about how privileged he is to be working in the NFL. Then let him have the opportunity to come back.

  11. I believe one of the steps is providing Drew Brees with the “explanation” he has been seeking.
    Sorry I am still irritated by Brees ego and comments several weeks ago.

  12. Why doesn’t he just ask Goodell to take his Patriots Spygate spin on the whole thing…

    Just destroy any and all tapes and evidence – and move on like none of this ever happened.

    Worked before right?

  13. He should definitely be reinstated at some point…he’s not the only one in the league who has done or does do this…he is however the only one who has been caught doing this things…you have to be terribly naive to believe greg williams is the only one to ever have some kind of bounty program whether it be another coach or defensive players themselves organizing them.

  14. The Falcons would hire Gregg Williams, or they should because their defense stinks to holy hell. Although sucking has never been a problem for the hapless Falcons or their fans.

  15. Considering this kind of thing probably happens a lot more than we may think, is say a year suspension is appropriate. If they choose to ruin his life with a lifetime ban, then they have to do the same to everybody who participated.

  16. I know this post will result in countless “how dare you put dogs before people!” replies, but I think what Vick did is way worse than what Williams did.

    And on that note, is there any chance the Eagles don’t hire him if they have another bad defensive year and Williams can come back next season?

  17. He wanted player’s careers ended, and he already wants to come back to work before he’s even spent a day out of work? That’s nerve. There should be no discussion until AFTER he’s served a year’s suspension. Then, maybe he could spend the next year volunteering at a rehab home where paralyzed people live their lives out. Scum.

  18. Let him back into the league but only if he is forced to wear a brown paper bag over his head. Better yet, make him wear the steely mcbeam costume.

  19. discosucs2005 says:
    Apr 18, 2012 7:14 PM

    I know this post will result in countless “how dare you put dogs before people!” replies, but I think what Vick did is way worse than what Williams did.

    I don’t know. When I really thought about the comparison, what each of these guys did, in my mind shows, first, a huge ego, and a ruthlessness that the overwhelming majority of us can’t even imagine, in their total disregard of lives and pain and suffering through inflicted injury, be it ia dog or a man. I think one is equally repulsive as the other.

  20. This fool thinks he can go cut a few branches for 30 minutes after a twister and they will let him back in?

    C’mon Man!!

    This guy gave a DIRECT order to end the careers of NFL players……

    Goodell should ONLY consider this after a 5 year sentence then look at some kind of probation.

  21. Gregg Williams, how about actually letting a full season go by before you start whining about reinstatement?

  22. “…he’s already talking to the league about getting reinstated.”

    Because he doesn’t want to end up like Warren Sapp.

  23. Who would hire him? He has a job, the Rams have not fired him and once reinstated by the NFL, Fisher will welcome him back in whatever capacity allowed by the NFL.

  24. To compare him to Sandusky is disgusting!!! Remember folks, according to St. Louis he still employed. Whatever. He should be suspended for how ever long he ran bounty programs for including Washington, Tennessee, and Buffalo. How long is that? Over 10 years, right? By then the game will be different and he won’t be able to fit in. Maybe he work in Canada.

  25. steelersaresuperiorineveryway6welookdownandlaugh says:
    Apr 18, 2012 5:57 PM
    Steeler Nation lolz @ you


    And everyone else lolz @ “Steeler Nation.”
    There’s only one nation.

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