Vitt-Williams reunion on Jets staff brings Saints bounty case back to light

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When the Jets announced new head coach Adam Gase’s full coaching staff, we noted that the presence of senior defensive assistant Joe Vitt and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams could make things interesting, considering that Vitt and Williams were both involved in Bountygate as assistant coaches in New Orleans, and Vitt said during the NFL’s investigation that Williams had lied about the bounty case.

Larry Holder of The Athletic has published what Vitt told the NFL’s investigators, and it really is remarkable that these two men will now be working together.

When Vitt was being questioned in the NFL investigation, he was asked about Williams’ claim that Williams wanted to stop the Saints’ bounty program and Vitt kept it going. Vitt’s response was that Williams was full of it, adding, “There’s a lot of lying going on right now.”

Vitt had been on the Saints’ staff for three years before Williams arrived, and Vitt recalled being shocked by Williams’ antics when Williams joined the staff.

“And the first time we brought Gregg Williams, we said, ‘Jesus Christ, this guy is nuts,'” Vitt said. “You know, I mean, talking about himself, talking about his accomplishments, talking about his money, talking about how he should — you know, the guy had a pretty bad track record in being a pretty good defensive coordinator. And really, he was in Jacksonville with Jack Del Rio at the time, you know, which was, you know, like sticking your nose in a fan. I mean, it’s just miserable down there anyway. . . . He wanted a ton of money.”

Vitt also suggested that Williams was being treated for mental illness, and that his failure to take his medicine affected his ability to do his job.

“Gregg, during the course of a day, or Gregg during the course of a week, by the way he talks to people and by the way his voice sounds and by the tone of his voice and the tone of his intent, you know, I would have to go up and remind him, ask him, did he take his medication,” Vitt said. “Because he’s always telling me he’s on anger medicine, and I can always tell whatever the medication is that he’s not on it, he’s belligerent, you know, to people, and so I always have to remind him that you’ve got to take your medication.”

When Vitt was told that Williams had suggested that Vitt was personally involved in offering cash to Saints players to injure opponents, Vitt called that “a big lie” and added, “I guess I need to take him to court.”

Now Vitt and Williams aren’t in court together, but they are on the Jets’ staff together. Gase may find himself in the middle of some uncomfortable issues between his top two defensive assistants. If Vitt and Williams do have any dispute that Gase needs to settle, Vitt has a key advantage: Gase is married to Vitt’s daughter.

51 responses to “Vitt-Williams reunion on Jets staff brings Saints bounty case back to light

  1. Remember that tainted SB New Orleans?!!
    Vikings should have gone in your place, maybe it’s time the Bikings go get a lawyer and try to replay the game. At least the Vikings and their fans have a case!!!

  2. If you want to know why the Rooney Rule and Minority fellowships still exist, look no further. Gase hired his father in-law and Williams’ kid. Clearly there was no one else qualified.

  3. Williams probably carries as much weight with the Jets as Adam Gase. Hence him hiring his son over Gase’s objection. I won’t be surprised if Gase is only kept around for a few years basically for his division Intel and then he’s canned and Williams tales over as HC.

  4. Gravestone Gregg and Smoking Joe reunite after several years. The league has gotten soft and highly paid quarterbacks are running loose with impunity, it’s time for “BOUNTY HUNTER II”.

  5. It almost makes me wonder if Gregg and Blake Williams were forced on Gase by ownership — and Vitt’s presence is Gase’s way of keeping the reins. Hue Jackson and Todd Haley redux?

  6. This looks dysfunctional on the outside but I highly doubt Williams takes the Jets job if he wasn’t already clued in on this move. Plus, Gase defended Williams on bounty gate earlier on. I agree with the notion, though, that either the Jets are very good next year with this coaching staff or the personalities clash and it’s a dumpster fire and they are fired in a year.

  7. If my father in law called out someone in court-slash-public, that person would never be allowed within 100 feet of me. I’m sticking with family, regardless of the circumstances. But the circumstances sure seem to be in Vitt’s favor, so it’s even an easier call.

    Shows that Gase is missing something. Something wrong with the picture. Makes absolutely no sense to even consider inviting these two guys to the same party let alone work together. Just completely mind boggling. Unless they both lied, both know and have been secretly friends or something a long those lines. Williams sure knows who Gase is related to and obviously the bridge was not burned from his side.

    The Jets always find a way to make things harder than they should. Just never ends…

  8. Bountygate one of Goodell’s earliest fake scandals. Claimed there were 100,000 documents, emails etc that showed a bounty program and in the end the league produced a handful of emails and texts that kinda sorta maybe said things about bounties.

  9. harrisonhits2 says:
    February 9, 2019 at 7:36 pm
    Bountygate one of Goodell’s earliest fake scandals. Claimed there were 100,000 documents, emails etc that showed a bounty program and in the end the league produced a handful of emails and texts that kinda sorta maybe said things about bounties.

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    There was recorded evidence that was out there for everyone to hear. There was a guy doing a documentary and it was mentioned in a team meeting that he was recording. Williams quoted as saying “The first one is on me” and doing the money sign with his fingers and then telling players to go after Michael Crabtree’s knees to “test his ACL”. It was the meat and potatoes of the whole story.

  10. Coach Gase couldn’t handle minor problems in Miami. Can’t wait to see how it works with the Jets when these coaches
    ‘Get into it’. They might all need to take their medication.
    Sounds interesting to the rest of us. Bountygate???

  11. therealraider says:
    February 9, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Williams probably carries as much weight with the Jets as Adam Gase. Hence him hiring his son over Gase’s objection. I won’t be surprised if Gase is only kept around for a few years basically for his division Intel and then he’s canned and Williams tales over as HC.

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    Gase didn’t want Williams to hire his son as LB coach, the job his father-in-law was later hired for. Williams hired g

  12. therealraider says:
    February 9, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Williams probably carries as much weight with the Jets as Adam Gase. Hence him hiring his son over Gase’s objection. I won’t be surprised if Gase is only kept around for a few years basically for his division Intel and then he’s canned and Williams tales over as HC.

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    Gase didn’t want Williams to hire his son as LB coach, the job his father-in-law was later hired for. Williams got the ok to hire his son as a lowly defensive assistant. His son was running the Cleveland defense when Williams was acting head coach last year.

  13. I love both these guys. Vitts press conferences were highly entertaining the couple of times he was interim coach of the saints. Greg Williams is always entertaining as well. I do find it funny that Vitt bashes on Greg for his anger medication when Vitt was involved in the Vicodin scandal while at the saints. He was accused of stealing vicodin from the teams drug cabinet.

  14. Offering to take a lie detector test, Vitt challenged versions given by Williams and Cerullo. Vitt vowed to sue Cerullo and described Williams as “narcissistic.” Vitt referred to both as disgruntled former employees who were fired, even though, publicly, the Saints said Williams’ departure for the St. Louis Rams was by mutual agreement. Vitt depicted Cerullo as incompetent and said he missed work numerous times and offered bizarre, fabricated excuses for his absences.

    Perfect coaches to pair together. Gase is looking as spooky as his gaze.

  15. paupwarner says:
    February 9, 2019 at 7:57 pm
    harrisonhits2 says:
    February 9, 2019 at 7:36 pm
    Bountygate one of Goodell’s earliest fake scandals. Claimed there were 100,000 documents, emails etc that showed a bounty program and in the end the league produced a handful of emails and texts that kinda sorta maybe said things about bounties.

    —————————————————————————————–

    There was recorded evidence that was out there for everyone to hear. There was a guy doing a documentary and it was mentioned in a team meeting that he was recording. Williams quoted as saying “The first one is on me” and doing the money sign with his fingers and then telling players to go after Michael Crabtree’s knees to “test his ACL”. It was the meat and potatoes of the whole story.
    __________________________________________

    And did any Saints players “test” Crabtree’s knee in the game? NO. It was a complete farce. During the supposed Bounty years the Saints injured the second fewest opposing players in the league….. bud don’t let the facts stand in the way

    And hey Viking fans, how’s that trophy case looking?

  16. donewithfootball says:
    February 9, 2019 at 7:46 pm
    AND THE SAINTS THIK THEY GOT PICKED ON THIS YEAR THEY SHOULD NOT EVEN BE ALOWED TO PLAY..

    Judging from the grammar and misspellings, you shouldn’t be allowed to post…

  17. Hey Paup all you have to do is look at the film. One player knocked out, Pierre Thomas of NO on uncalled head shot. Personal fouls on NO? Zero. Loud mouth Coaches? Who gives a crap?

  18. Skol- I’ve never hated your team. Last year minn miracle should have soothed your angst. But you’re still blaming other people for 12 men on the field? Damn, come to terms, please.

  19. skolvikings2017 says:
    February 9, 2019 at 8:20 pm
    And Aints fans where crying and holding a fake little march yet they forget bout this. I loved that non call! Couldn’t have happened to a better team or fan base.

    “Little” march? There were hundreds of thousands downtown for the “boycott bowl” festivities…Saints fans made lemonade out of lemons. You wish you had as good a fanbase as that…instead, you’re still crying over an empty trophy case.

  20. Look at Gase during his PC when hired, he looked literally insane.These hirings make total sense.

  21. Why are people crying about Bountygate still? It didnt give them a competitive edge like spygate, playbookgate or deflategate.

  22. Good Lord, how are Vikings fans still this salty?

    IT’S BEEN TEN YEARS, GUYS. Move on and get a girlfriend or something.

    Sheesh.

  23. Bountygate was a myth. Most logical people know that. But when the NFL spends big dollars on ann”investigation” they’ll make sure to come up with something.

  24. Did the NFL ban them for life? No
    DId the NFL punish them already? Yes.

    Should everyone move on at this point? Hell, yes.

  25. Read Favre’s book. The Vikings had the EXACT same type of program going. A few measly dollars for good clean hits.

    The “bounty” farce was a smokescreen for the concussion lawsuits.

  26. Hopefully, the team’s talent can exceed the weaknesses in the coaching staff. We know that at least two members are there not because they are most qualified, but because of family relationship. Also, one feels entitled –sitting in senior staff seats –you only do that when daddy got you the job

  27. I don’t know Vitt very well but Gregg Williams is a talented DC. Period. OK he did something dumb in NOLA, but he hasn’t done it since. So “same ol’ Jets?” I don’t think so. Looks like they are *trying* to win, which by definition means they’re not trying to be the Vikings. SKOL!!!

  28. therealraider says:
    February 9, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I won’t be surprised if Gase is only kept around for a few years basically for his division Intel
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    You want AFCE division intel and you hire a losing coach from Miami? I don’t think so.

  29. Gase is a proven failure as a head coach. Fact that Williams is still in NFL shows league is not really concerned with player safety any more than incompetent officiating. These hires just more evidence about Gase ability and judgement.

  30. therealraider says:
    February 9, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    You want AFCE division intel and you hire a losing coach from Miami? I don’t think so.

    >>>>>>>>>He may have a losing record overall but in his 3yrs in Miami he was 10-8 against the AFC East so apparently he knows a little something about how to beat those division rivals and under Gase Miami was 2-1 at home against the Pats over the those 3yrs. Now we all know how obsessed the Jets are with beating the Pats, even if they only do it one game a season at home, for them it’s a start! The Jets could be 1-15 and if that win was at home against the Pats they’d feel like they made the Playoffs, if that win came in Foxborough they’d think they won the SB!

    I don’t think there’s another team in the NFL as obsessed with beating a division foe as the Jets are with beating the Pats.

  31. If the Vikings were my team, I would indeed be upset- at the 5 turnovers, Favre’s absurd int, and the 12 men in the huddle penalty that backed them out of FG range. Inexcusable.

  32. snccoach says:

    February 9, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    If you want to know why the Rooney Rule and Minority fellowships still exist, look no further. Gase hired his father in-law and Williams’ kid. Clearly there was no one else qualified.
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    There might have been other qualified people but it doesn’t mean they were more qualified. Some of the things you want from someone working under you no matter the industry is loyalty and 1 clear vision.

  33. kick out the creep Williams now save yourself a lot of pain I couldn’t believe the crap they got away with in New Orleans and he should’ve been banned for life. The goon job on Favre was disgusting.

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