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08:02 AM ET 03.22 | The sentence handed down by Roger Goodell will last a year for Gregg Williams -- at least. The suspension begins immediately and will include the entire 2012 season. After the season, Williams' status will be reviewed by Goodell. Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he will not name a new defensive coordinator but declined to commit to bringing Williams back when (and if) the suspension is lifted. "You know, we???ll cross that bridge when we come to it," Fisher said. According to the league, Goodell will pay close attention to the extent to which Williams cooperates with the NFL in any further proceedings. In addition, New Orleans head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for a year without pay, effective April 1.

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March 22, 2012  08:10 AM ET

That's because Fisher has no input on the Coaching staff, there.

March 22, 2012  08:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

That's because Fisher has no input on the Coaching staff, there.

He brought Williams into the Rams organization but you're right - he has no input

March 22, 2012  08:23 AM ET

Shaky Start for Fisher, he shouldn't have to deal with this BS!

March 22, 2012  08:30 AM ET

The contract should be voided for cause. Maybe the Rams could get Spags from New Orleans as compensation. Wait ...

March 22, 2012  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Shaky Start for Fisher, he shouldn't have to deal with this BS!

Yeah, but he's got those draft picks from the Skins to help deal with the loss.

March 22, 2012  08:32 AM ET
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He brought Williams into the Rams organization but you're right - he has no input

He probably recommended him, he has no input fool.

March 22, 2012  08:32 AM ET

If Payton got one year, Williams will get at least 2. Effectively, whoever is named Assistant Defensive Coordinator on the Rams has the job.

But, it's the Rams. They will likely suck regardless. Dead last in a weak division.

March 22, 2012  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He brought Williams into the Rams organization but you're right - he has no input

Let me dumb this down for you... Sorry.


He has input, but makes no final decisions.

March 22, 2012  08:47 AM ET

Fisher didn't want to comment. The Silence of the Lambs.

March 22, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Fisher has been around long enough to know when the Commissioner isn't going to tolerate any comments against his ruling. Just say yes, I agree, just like all the other teams. He also isn't going to pile onto Williams right now either. Next year, however, there will be a new DC in St. Louis.

March 22, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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If Payton got one year, Williams will get at least 2. Effectively, whoever is named Assistant Defensive Coordinator on the Rams has the job.But, it's the Rams. They will likely suck regardless. Dead last in a weak division.

You're probably correct DD the Rams will still suck, but it still don't make it right that they are in effect being punished for a crime they did not commit.

March 22, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Jeff Fisher is no stranger to bending the rules...his teams in Tennessee were proof of that. I remember Algie Crumpler diving into the back of Polamalu's knee as Troy was waiting to see who recovered a blocked FG at the edge of the pile a few seasons ago.....hmmmm, talk about taking out your opponents best players?

March 22, 2012  09:03 AM ET

His suspension is to infinity and beyond. Can you say outcast??!

March 22, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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You're probably correct DD. the Rams will still suck, but it still don't make it right that they are in effect being punished for a crime they did not commit.

Was Cleveland punished for Donte Stallworth's vehicular homicide incident? Was Atlanta punished by Vick's dogfighting?

Yeah, you could argue that. But how else can you punish Williams?

Teams get compensated when another team hires a high-ranked coach from them. What's the going rate for a DC? Take that from the Saints, and give it to the Rams.

March 22, 2012  09:06 AM ET

They are the Rams. They are non-committal to the game itself

March 22, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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Was Cleveland punished for Donte Stallworth's vehicular homicide incident? Was Atlanta punished by Vick's dogfighting?Yeah, you could argue that. But how else can you punish Williams?Teams get compensated when another team hires a high-ranked coach from them. What's the going rate for a DC? Take that from the Saints, and give it to the Rams.

Those players were under contract to the teams in question when said crimes were committed, so you could argue that they the teams could have or at least should have been aware of and /or on top of dealing with them. What's more these were criminal offenses which is a totally different deal. Williams was not connected in any way shape or form to the Rams when his wrongdoings occurred. I don't know but it seems off to me

March 22, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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Those players were under contract to the teams in question when said crimes were committed, so you could argue that they the teams could have or at least should have been aware of and /or on top of dealing with them. What's more these were criminal offenses which is a totally different deal. Williams was not connected in any way shape or form to the Rams when his wrongdoings occurred. I don't know but it seems off to me

On the other hand, the Rams hired Williams after the bounty thing happened. They could reasonably have asked him about any shady stuff in his past. If he told the truth and they knew about it, shame on them. If he lied, shame on him.

But, I agree that the Rams take a hit by having to go out and find a new DC, and they're at a big disadvantage because coach-hiring season starts as soon as the regular season ends, and anybody who's worth squat is already committed. That's why I think they deserve compensation from the Saints over this. Maybe one of those picks that Goodell took away from them?

 
March 22, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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On the other hand, the Rams hired Williams after the bounty thing happened. They could reasonably have asked him about any shady stuff in his past. If he told the truth and they knew about it, shame on them. If he lied, shame on him.But, I agree that the Rams take a hit by having to go out and find a new DC, and they're at a big disadvantage because coach-hiring season starts as soon as the regular season ends, and anybody who's worth squat is already committed. That's why I think they deserve compensation from the Saints over this. Maybe one of those picks that Goodell took away from them?

Agreed the Ramchops received collateral damage, they should get some compensation.

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