Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams received the harshest punishment in the bounty scandal, an indefinite suspension that will be reviewed after one year.
But Williams is getting consideration that none of the other folks suspended by the league office will receive. Williams, per multiple reports, has been given permission to attend Sunday’s game between the Seahawks and the Rams.
Williams was hired by the Rams as defensive coordinator several weeks before the league office announced the findings of the renewed bounty investigation. The entire fiasco reached a higher level in April, when audio surfaced of third-world-dictator-style remarks from Williams the night before the January 2012 playoff game between the 49ers and Saints.
The move comes at a time when there is plenty of suspicion in league circles that Williams is regularly meeting with his son, Rams linebacker Blake Williams, to study film and prepare game plans. Though the Williamses are allowed to spend as much time together as they want, they’re not supposed to talk football. But there’s no way to enforce that prohibition, absent hidden cameras and/or microphones.
Given that Williams recently signed a sworn statement implicating Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma in the bounty program, it’s hard to dismiss the possibility that Williams’ willingness to play ball with the league has helped him secure the ability to watch the team that has hired him play ball against the Seahawks.