Williams' History Dates Back Before Saints

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Gregg Williams is under the gun to explain what was going on with a bounty system designed to knock opponents out of games. Two more teams reportedly had their own versions of rewards for knockouts under Williams' guidance.

Gregg Williams, a former defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints and current defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, will meet with NFL security officials Jeff Miller and Joe Hummel on Monday to again discuss alleged violations of the NFL's bounty rules, ESPN.com reported Sunday.

NFL executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash also may be involved in the talks on Monday, according to the article, which used unnamed sources,

A conversation between Williams and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has not yet been scheduled, but it could take place this week while Williams is in New York for the other discussions.

An NFL investigation found that Williams and several Saints players were involved in a bounty system that rewarded players financially for big plays, which included putting opposing players out of the game.

Several former Redskins players subsequently told the Washington Post Williams employed such a system at Washington as well.

The Buffalo News reported that former Bills players said Williams such a system existed in Buffalo when he was head coach.

Williams delivered message early

Saints defenders knew immediately what the approach of Williams would be.

In the spring of 2009, his first statement to the defense in its first meeting, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, was, "Knock 'em the ---- out!"

There was no mystery regarding Williams, according to the report, and one NFL assistant called Williams Gen. McArthur.

Most players seemed to like his approach, but that remark may come back to haunt Williams now that the NFL is investigating his alleged bounty system for knocking opposing players out of the game.

Williams bragged about "turning running backs' heads," according to the Times-Picayune article.

The article noted that Williams learned his approach from alleged bounty hunter Buddy Ryan, who reportedly placed a $200 bounty on a kicker in a 1989 game between the Eagles and Cowboys.

Williams admitted in a statement on Friday that he "got caught up" in the bounty game and called it "a terrible mistake.

Add Bills to the list


Add the Buffalo Bills to the list of teams that allegedly ran a bounty program under Williams, and had players who reportedly considered the program a routine part of NFL culture.

The Bills had their own cash incentives to seriously injure players under former head coach Williams, several former Bills defensive players told The Buffalo News. Players backed up previous claims that such programs are widespread throughout the NFL and not limited to teams coached by Williams.

Former Bills safety Coy Wire and three anonymous former defensive Bills players spoke to the News. Wire played under Williams in 2002 and 2003, the last two years of his tenure has head coach. He told the News there was an aura of "malicious intent" around the program.

"That's real," he told the News in a phone interview, of Williams paying players to injure opponents. "That happened in Buffalo. There were rewards. There never was a point where cash was handed out in front of the team. But surely, you were going to be rewarded. When somebody made a big hit that hurt an opponent, it was commended and encouraged."

Bills CEO Russ Brandon told the News he had no knowledge of such a program during Williams' time in Buffalo.

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