St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator, for lack of a better term, issued a statement regarding the indefinite suspension he received from the NFL on Wednesday for his role in the New Orleans Saints bounty program. Williams reiterated his apology for his role in the bounty program, and said that he hopes to resume coaching in the NFL.
Williams' statement after the jump.
I'd like to again apologize wholeheartedly to the NFL, Coach Fisher, the entire Rams organization and all football fans for my actions. Furthermore, I apologize to the players of the NFL for my involvement as it is not a true reflection of my values as a father or coach, nor is it reflective of the great respect I have for this game and its core principle of sportsmanship. I accept full responsibility for my actions. I highly value the 23 years that I've spent in the NFL. I will continue to cooperate fully with the league and its investigation and I will focus my energies on serving as an advocate for both player safety and sportsmanship. I will do everything possible to re-earn the respect of my colleagues, the NFL and its players in hopes of returning to coaching in the future.
Williams' return to the NFL is, well, indefinite. The league saw this as a problem in terms of player safety and something that undermined fair competition. The NFL needs BOTH of those issues constantly at top of mind in order for it to remain a viable, profitable product.
The Rams defense will now be run be a troika of head coach Jeff Fisher, assistant head coach Dave McGinnis and defensive backs coach Chuck Cecil. All three have served as defensive coordinators in the past.