The writing is probably on the wall for Gregg Williams. For his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty program the team’s former defensive coordinator was suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Then the audio of a pregame speech he gave for a game against the San Francisco 49ers came out and that was enough for some to call for the suspension to turn into a lifetime ban.
Among the probably select few who feel Williams shouldn’t be banned for life is former Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner, who was named in the NFL’s investigation as being targeted along with Brett Favre, Cam Newton, and Aaron Rodgers.
The responses to Warner’s tweet range from “LIFETIME BAN” to “That’s pretty forgiving, seeing you were on the list of QB’s to injure”.
Kurt Warner knows about second chances and has taken advantage of them about as well as anyone. In 2004 Warner signed with the New York Giants and was the team’s starting quarterback at the beginning of the season. He was later replaced by then rookie Eli Manning. The following offseason Warner signed with the Arizona Cardinals and led them to two playoff appearances and the franchise’s first ever trip to the Super Bowl.
It would be hard to blame Warner if he said he was in favor of Williams not being allowed to coach in the NFL again, but he doesn’t come off as that kind of person. At the moment Warner seems to be in the overwhelming minority on the issue.
Gregg Williams will have his punishment revisited at the conclusion of the 2012 season. At that point we will find out if the NFL rules in favor of the majority or Kurt Warner and the minority.