The St. Louis Rams have an opening at defensive coordinator, at least for the time being. The NFL announced today the penalties related to the New Orleans Saints' bounty system, and while the news is much, much worse for the Saints, it's not too good for the Rams, either. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
Gregg Williams is suspended indefinitely, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 21, 2012
It has been widely expected that Williams would receive the harshest penalty of any person involved in the bounty program, and if that holds true, it will be a long time before he's on the Rams sideline, if he ever even makes it there. Williams, along with head coach Sean Payton, will be banned for the entire 2012 season, though Williams' suspension, at commissioner Roger Goodell's discretion, may be extended.
Here's the NFL's official statement on Williams:
Former Saints (and current St. Louis Rams) defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is suspended indefinitely from the NFL, effective immediately. Commissioner Goodell will review Coach Williams' status at the conclusion of the 2012 season and consider whether to reinstate him, and, if so, on what terms. Commissioner Goodell said he will give close attention to the extent to which Coach Williams cooperates with the NFL in any further proceedings.
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