NFL NEWS AT YOUWAGER: NFL REINSTATES GREGG WILLIAMS

The league reinstates the former Saints Defensive Coordinator

Not long ago, as YouWager’s serious NFL football betting fans will surely remember, Gregg Williams was banned for life after the NFL’s infamous investigation into the New Orleans Saints Bounty Gate scandal. Now, that ban has been lifted, and Williams already has a new job.

After taking the time to backpack through remote areas of Laos and Burma, Williams struck a deal with the Tennessee Titans. He has become Tennessee’s new Senior Assistant, Defense. The new gig allows Williams to return to the franchise he worked for in his first 11 seasons as an NFL coach, and another chance to work with Defensive Coordinator Jerry Gray.

A YouWager news source relayed this official statement from the NFL: “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.”

Gregg Williams has had a wild ride in the National Football League, with quite a few ups and downs. A top NFL analyst at YouWager reminds us that Williams was, at one time, the head coach of the Buffalo Bills. Jerry Gray of the Tennessee Titans was his Defensive Coordinator.

Williams was well known for employing aggressive, 4-3 attack plans, that are designed to pressure the quarterbacks on opposing teams.

Back in 1990, Williams was the Special Teams coach, then the linebackers coach, and ultimately, the Defensive Coordinator when the Oilers became the Tennessee Titans. Under Williams, Tennessee led the NFL in total defense and only surrendered 191 points. This defense helped the Titans get to the Super Bowl.

Williams’ time as a head coach was not as successful, YouWager’s NFL expert points out. In three NFL football wagering seasons, the Bills were 3-13, 8-8 and 6-10. His contract was not renewed. But he was at the top of several lists, for Defensive Coordinator. Williams wound up with the Washington Redskins, because Joe Gibbs promised him autonomy. The new defensive scheme got the Redskins rated third in the league in 2004. In 2006, Williams signed a three-year contract extension that made him the highest-paid assistant coach in the NFL.

Sean Payton wanted Williams for the New Orleans Saints so bad, he took a cut in his own pay, to get him on board with the team that ultimately won the Super Bowl. After his first interview with Williams, Payton described Williams as “so impressive and prepared” to a YouWager source.

Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, says he expects Williams to help the NFL get rid of all bounty systems. The online betting community expects Williams to be very cooperative. YouWager’s NFL analyst says the league may still be looking into allegations that Williams ran a bounty for hits program with the Washington Redskins.

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