The NFL reinstated former New Orleans Defensive Coordinator, Gregg Williams today. He was immediately hired as an assistant coach by the Tennessee Titans. Williams was a coach with the Oilers/Titans for 1990 to 2000.
The accused architect of “bountygate” was suspended for the entire 2012 season, and his future was uncertain beyond that.
Titans head coach Mike Munchak had this to say about the approval of Williams’ contract with the Titans: “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, 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.”
The NFL released a statement about Williams’ reinstatement: “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 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.”
Williams initially denied his involvement in “bountygate”, but later recanted, admitting he ran a 50,000 dollar program over 3 years, rewarding players 1,000 dollars for each time they took an opposing player out of the game
Williams will work with defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.
Columnist-The Guardian Express