Williams Has Explaining To Do

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In a national notebook, we have a few updates on Gregg Williams' "bounty" controversy and a draft update on Penn State cornerback D'Anton Lynn.

Gregg Williams, a former defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints and current defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, will meet with NFL security officials Jeff Miller and Joe Hummel on Monday to again discuss alleged violations of the NFL's bounty rules, ESPN.com reported Sunday.

NFL executive vice president and general counsel Jeff Pash also may be involved in the talks on Monday, according to the article, which used unnamed sources,

A conversation between Williams and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has not yet been scheduled, but it could take place this week while Williams is in New York for the other discussions.

An NFL investigation found that Williams and several Saints players were involved in a bounty system that rewarded players financially for big plays, which included putting opposing players out of the game.

Several former Redskins players subsequently told the Washington Post Williams employed such a system at Washington as well.

The Buffalo News reported that former Bills players said Williams such a system existed in Buffalo when he was head coach.

Williams delivered message early

Saints defenders knew immediately what the approach of Williams would be.

In the spring of 2009, his first statement to the defense in its first meeting, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, was, "Knock 'em the ---- out!"

There was no mystery regarding Williams, according to the report, and one NFL assistant called Williams Gen. McArthur.

Most players seemed to like his approach, but that remark may come back to haunt Williams now that the NFL is investigating his alleged bounty system for knocking opposing players out of the game.

Williams bragged about "turning running backs' heads," according to the Times-Picayune article.

The article noted that Williams learned his approach from alleged bounty hunter Buddy Ryan, who reportedly placed a $200 bounty on a kicker in a 1989 game between the Eagles and Cowboys.

Williams admitted in a statement on Friday that he "got caught up" in the bounty game and called it "a terrible mistake.

Add Bills to the list

Add the Buffalo Bills to the list of teams that allegedly ran a bounty program under Williams, and had players who reportedly considered the program a routine part of NFL culture.

The Bills had their own cash incentives to seriously injure players under former head coach Williams, several former Bills defensive players told The Buffalo News. Players backed up previous claims that such programs are widespread throughout the NFL and not limited to teams coached by Williams.

Former Bills safety Coy Wire and three anonymous former defensive Bills players spoke to the News. Wire played under Williams in 2002 and 2003, the last two years of his tenure has head coach. He told the News there was an aura of "malicious intent" around the program.

"That's real," he told the News in a phone interview, of Williams paying players to injure opponents. "That happened in Buffalo. There were rewards. There never was a point where cash was handed out in front of the team. But surely, you were going to be rewarded. When somebody made a big hit that hurt an opponent, it was commended and encouraged."

Bills CEO Russ Brandon told the News he had no knowledge of such a program during Williams' time in Buffalo.

Penn State's Lynn had torn calf

Many players cite an old injury as a reason not to work out at the Combine.

Penn State's D'Anton Lynn is hoping that a disappointing performance at the Combine will be disregarded by scouts due to the fact that he was attempting to compete with a torn calf, at least according to a report from ESPN.

The 6-0, 206-pound Lynn was clocked at 4.77 seconds in the 40-yard dash -- the slowest time recorded by any defensive back at the Combine this year. Though he participated in the bench press (17 reps) and jumps (31.5 inches in the vertical and 111 inches in the broad jump), Lynn elected not to participate in any of the other timed events at the Combine after running the 40-yard dash.

According to the report, Lynn had planned to warm up and then decide whether to participate in drills based on how the calf felt. The injury was sustained during Penn State's TicketCity Bowl loss to Houston. Lynn elected to play through the injury at the Senior Bowl. He was beaten badly there, at times, any may have been wiser to take care of the injury immediately following the end of Penn State's season.

As it stands, Lynn is expected to miss four to six weeks recovering from the injury. This will keep him from running at Penn State's Pro Day March 14, though he's hopeful to work out prior to the draft.

Considering the lack of speed and coverage ability he showed at the Senior Bowl and Combine, it may not matter if scouts were impressed with Lynn's grit in attempting to compete in drills -- only that he failed to do so at a high level when he had the opportunity. Lynn is rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 32 cornerback for the 2012 draft.


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