St. Louis Rams DC Gregg Williams Suspended Indefinitely For Bounty Program

While he was with New Orleans, current Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams installed a bounty system in which players were rewarded for causing injuries.

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Sean Payton, Gregg Williams Made Their Bountygate Bed; New Orleans Saints, St. Louis Rams Lie In It

Sean Payton will be suspended from the New Orleans Saints for the year. Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely, leaving the St. Louis Rams without their new defensive coordinator. The fruits of the bounty scandal—bountygate, if you want to be that way—are here, and they're as brutal as anyone was expecting. At first it might seem like the Saints and especially the Rams have been roughed up for the crimes of their employees, but this kind of thing isn't accurately pinned to an individual; what happened here is institutional corruption, and only the punishment of those institutions can combat it.

The case for punishing the Saints should be clear enough—the NFL knows who knew what when and for how long. But the Rams, too, were complicit in this. I'm not calling Jeff Fisher a liar when he suggests the Rams didn't know about the bounty program, but I am skeptical of that claim, especially given the apparent magnitude of this problem. I think it's more reasonable to say that maybe they didn't want to know what was going on, and didn't look especially hard.

That kind of willful ignorance has costs. The Rams are going to bear some of them.

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Sean Payton's New Orleans Saints Staff Gets A Cross-Country Body Blow

Sean Payton and Gregg Williams have been suspended—Payton for a year, Williams indefinitely—and the New Orleans Saints' brain trust during the years of their embarrassing bounty system has been eviscerated. Unfortunately, the St. Louis Rams now have to share in that evisceration.

Which is okay. I think it's slightly unfair that the Saints' bounty system has been singled out, because the news that leaked out in the aftermath of the Gregg Williams allegations suggest that this kind of thing is more widespread than anybody wants to admit. But I also think that if it's as widespread as it appears to be, and the Rams hired Williams without doing enough work to uncover it, they've earned their punishment.

It's a tough fine, but it needed to happen—and the more pervasive all this was, the worse it had to be. The Saints, who lose their mastermind, seem to be taking the worst of it anyway; the Rams won't even be replacing Gregg Williams, at least not immediately.

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Bounty Scandals Or Not, Do We Really Want To See How The NFL Sausage Is Made?

We think we want to know all about 'Bounty-Gate' and what really goes on in the back rooms of the NFL. But do we really?

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Gregg Williams Scandal: The NFL Establishment Readies The Bottom Of The Bus

As Gregg Williams's former employers the New Orleans Saints await their penalties for participating in what's come to be known as the bounty program scandal, the St. Louis Rams' ostensible defensive coordinator finds his support in the NFL about as slim as you'd expect it to be. This problem is almost certainly NFL-wide, but now that Williams is primarily associated with it you can bet he's going to be treated like a plague patient as defensive coordinators everywhere say they're shocked, shocked to see that bounty hunting was going on in this establishment.

Or, as Joe Strauss tweeted Tuesday:

Right now Gregg Williams is poison. Anybody who publicly defends his policies is setting themselves up with a date for the wrong side of a rapidly approaching history; anybody who defends him personally is just taking an undue risk. I can't imagine Jeff Fisher imagined his job as head coach of a cursed franchise would get weird so soon, but here it is.

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Gregg Williams's Bounty Program Raises Question: What Pro Football Player Needs Bounty Cash Anyway?

At the National Football Post there's an interesting look at the bounty program Gregg Williams is in hot water for instituting from someone who isn't looking at it from a moral vantage point. Joe Fortenbaugh raises a question that everyone likely had the moment they looked at the sums that were being put on quarterbacks' heads: What kind of multi-millionaire pro football player needed such a relatively piddling incentive to hit Brett Favre extra-hard?

Perhaps this is another way to look at the question of Williams's effectiveness: If it took five-figure sums to get these seven-figure athletes interested in playing as hard as they could, was the New Orleans Saints' staff already failing to get its defense sufficiently motivated on a weekly basis?

I think this is a clear secondary concern to the real problems this is raising throughout the NFL, but it's worth talking about; there's something fundamentally odd about having to get football players excited in the same way Chuck E. Cheese tries to get grade schoolers excited about good report cards, especially given how many tokens they're already paid.

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St. Louis Rams Should Fire Gregg Williams, No Matter How Widespread Bounty Programs Are

Gregg Williams's bounty program probably doesn't come as news to most NFL players and coaches. But that doesn't mean the St. Louis Rams shouldn't react to it.

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