He served his time
Gregg Williams embarrassed the NFL by serving as the architect of a violent bounty system that has been the undercurrent of football for decades.
He paid the harshest penalty for Bountygate. He has served his yearlong suspension and lost his job, which is enough time served for his crimes.
Many are debating whether Williams has a place in the NFL, and that's ridiculous. Good coaches can always find work, and Williams' resume explains why the Titans hired him as a senior assistant on defense.
I'm certain Williams has learned from his mistakes and will act accordingly. Isn't that the desired outcome of a punishment?
He deserves 2nd chance
There is a place in the NFL for Gregg Williams with the Titans, and there should be. He hardly is the first figure in NFL history to run afoul of the rules and be taken back.
Others who have crossed the line, been punished and returned include Paul Hornung, Alex Karras, Bill Belichick, Michael Vick and Ben Roethlisberger.
The bounty program Williams ran with the Saints hardly was the first such program in the history of the league. In various forms, bounty programs have been going on forever. As long as Williams has learned from his mistake and won't repeat his behavior, he should be welcomed back to the NFL.
He won't repeat mistakes
I know Gregg Williams, or at least I used to back in 1999 when he first worked for the Titans. He seemed like a good guy and a really knowledgeable, respected defensive coach.
Not sure what happened to him, but he obviously lost his way and crossed the line by admittedly advocating and instituting a bounty system with the Saints. He was not the first coach or probably the last to preach, "Kill the quarterback," but he went too far.
I think he knows he screwed up, has learned from sitting out a season and won't repeat those mistakes. The NFL probably has him on a zero-tolerance policy, but it at least gives him a second chance to do things the right way. My bet is he doesn't squander it.
2-year ban warranted
Los Angeles Times
While I don't think Gregg Williams should be banned for life from the NFL, I do think a two-year ban would have been appropriate.
He was at the center of the Bountygate scandal and was caught on tape urging his players to head-hunt and otherwise aim for injuries. Giving him the same penalty that was handed down to Sean Payton is insufficient.
Williams is contrite and he has atoned for his mistakes, and it counts that he has come clean, but he should be sidelined for another season before resuming his career as an NFL coach.