Former NFL defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, suspended indefinitely for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, said Friday said that he does not plan on being out of coaching forever even though he hasn’t communicated with commissioner Roger Goodell in months.
“I will coach again,” Williams, former defensive coordinator in New Orleans and current (though suspended) defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, said in his hometown of Excelsior Springs on Friday. He went home for his annual Gregg Williams Foundation Tiger Classic golf tournament. It was his first known public appearance since he was suspended indefinitely by the league for his part in the pay-for-injure (AKA bounty-gate) scandal that broke in March.
The former defensive coordinator, who is usually outgoing and personable, was said to be very quiet at his annual golf tournament.
An un-named friend of Williams said that it wasn’t normal for Williams, but that “He’s just not seeking attention. He does not feel sorry for himself. He feels bad that everybody has had to suffer through this thing.”
The scandal does not seem to have affected the support that he has received for his golf tournament, as about 320 people still showed up with many more on the waiting list.
Williams isn’t the only person that believes that the embattled coaches career hasn’t ended quite yet.
Rams assistant defensive line coach Clyde Simmons was in Excelsior Springs for the golf event and said he is certain that Williams will coach in the NFL again.
“Absolutely.” Simmons said. “He’s too good of a coach and a person.”