New Titans’ assistant Gregg Williams talked about his reinstatement on Thursday.
“I met with the commissioner last week and we had a good talk, and I thank him for my reinstatement back into the league,” Williams said, via Pro Football Talk. “I take full responsibility and apologize for my previous actions and I’ve used this year to reorganize my life and put focus on positive energy and positive ways to inspire, and coach, and motivate in this profession. I’m here to put my focus and my energies into working tirelessly on behalf of the Titans and making as much of a positive impact in every way possible as I can for them. I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m looking forward with excitement to get started.”
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that the NFL has officially reinstated Gregg Williams who has been hired to be the senior assistant for the Titans defense.
“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,” said the Titans in a statement they released. “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 is expected to work with the Titans current defensive coordinator Jerry Gray in some capacity.
“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,” said Titans’ head coach Mike Munchak in a statement. “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.”
Williams was suspended indefinitely for his role in the Saints’ bounty program last year and it seemed as though there was a reasonable chance that he may never coach again in the NFL. Hopefully, this is the end of the Bounty Gate saga.