Around The NFL: Gregg Williams Out, All Day Wants To Play Special Teams
By Danny Cox
There are a lot of stories still going on around the NFL, other than the playoffs which are set to begin this weekend. Some of the stories are quite strange and then there is one from the past. Actually, that story is about something regarding Bountygate and it is just simply the storyline that won’t ever die.
Gregg Williams won’t return to St. Louis Rams next season
One of the biggest supposed cogs in the bounty scandal of the New Orleans Saints was their former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams. Before the bounty scandal came to light, Williams had left New Orleans for the same position with the St. Louis Rams. Now, he won’t even get to do one day on that job.
Williams was indefinitely suspended by the NFL for his role in the bounty scandal, and still has not been reinstated. On Wednesday, the Rams decided they would not bring Williams back whether he was reinstated or not.
Sources also state that Williams’ son, Blake, will not return to the team either. Blake Williams had served as the linebackers coach for the Rams this past season.
Jonathan Vilma at anonymous Saints player ripping Steve Spagnuolo
Speaking of the Saints and the bounty scandal, another person that was right in the middle of it all was New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma. The veteran lashed out on Wednesday over a report that said an anonymous Saints player criticized defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, saying: “We’re not the Jets.”
A local New Orleans paper also quoted an unnamed Saints player that said Spagnuolo should be fired.
Vilma went on Twitter and said the report was “anonymous source’ bs.” He wouldn’t address any specifics, but did continue on with his anger. The Saints linebacker believes that if “he’s man enough to tell you, he should be man enough to put his name on it. And you should do the same,” he told the Times-Picayune newspaper.
“I’m bothered you reported it. We’re not the Jets who run to the media for everything,” Vilma told the newspaper.
Adrian Peterson wants to play special teams for the Vikes
Running back Adrian Peterson, of the Minnesota Vikings, came up just nine yards shy of breaking the single-season rushing record in 2012. There is just no way to measure how incredibly valuable an asset he is to the Vikings and things would be drastically different if he weren’t there.
That makes his most recent request so much harder to accommodate for his team. “All Day” Adrian Peterson would like to play on special teams.
“For the past two years, I’ve been trying to get in on field goal block. Come in off the edge, you know? It’s just going to take one block for them to really be like, ‘OK, you know what? Let’s take the chance and let you go out there and get it done,'” Peterson said. “Kickoff return, I wouldn’t mind getting back there. I’m in it to win.”
Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer says that Peterson always ask to be a part of special teams in one way or another, and he says “yes.” But when it comes time to ask head coach Leslie Frazier, the answer is always “no.”
Putting Peterson in on special teams could give the Vikings an added threat that may make their kick return game as dangerous as their rushing game. Then again, Peterson being on the field for more plays means putting him in that much more danger to get injured.
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