The Rams have lost their defensive coordinator Gregg Williams indefinitely, as he was suspended today by the NFL for his role when he was in New Orleans with the now famous “bounty program.”
“We are all accountable and responsible for player health and safety and the integrity of the game,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We will not tolerate conduct or a culture that undermines those priorities. No one is above the game or the rules that govern it. Respect for the game and the people who participate in it will not be compromised.
“A combination of elements made this matter particularly unusual and egregious,”, Commissioner Goodell continued. “When there is targeting of players for injury and cash rewards over a three-year period, the involvement of the coaching staff, and three years of denials and willful disrespect of the rules, a strong and lasting message must be sent that such conduct is totally unacceptable and has no place in the game.”
Saints head coach Sean Payton for the entire 2012 season for violations of the league’s long-standing rules against “bounty” programs.
In addition to Payton’s suspension, which begins on April 1, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has been suspended without pay for the first eight games of the regular season and fined $500,000. Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt will be suspended for the first six games of the 2012 regular season.