7 a long time following the Bountygate scandal finished with former Saints coaches Gregg Williams and Joe Vitt suspended from the league, the two will be again on the identical sideline, this time with the Jets.
This may perhaps not conclude up a content reunion for the two former Saints, nevertheless. While the two served their time (Williams was suspended indefinitely but was reinstated following 11 months and Vitt was suspended for six online games), the testimony from the investigation leaves the impression that neither Vitt nor Williams like each and every other pretty substantially.
Quite a few quotes from Vitt’s testimony in a tale by The Athletic‘s Larry Holder paint an hideous picture of the romantic relationship involving Vitt and Williams. On at the very least a few situations, Vitt referred to as Williams a “liar” when asked why their tales didn’t match up bordering the legitimacy of the scandal or their roles in any shell out-for-harm method.
“I want to display you right here the cases in which Gregg Williams is a liar, in which Gregg Williams is narcissistic, in which Gregg Williams has shed his brain in cases,” Vitt testified in 2012. “So you tell me what we’re likely to believe and what we’re not likely to believe. What. We’re likely to believe this but we’re not likely to believe this? It’s alright for you to believe this at one time, but no, we know he was lying at this time?”
In his testimony, Vitt gave off the impression he wasn’t a enthusiast of Williams as before long as the Saints employed him in 2009.
“The first time we introduced Gregg Williams, we stated, ‘Jesus Christ, this person is nuts.’ You know, I signify, chatting about himself, chatting about his accomplishments, chatting about his money, chatting about how he need to — you know, the person had a quite bad keep track of document in becoming a quite superior defensive coordinator.
“He’s got this insatiable motivation to speak about himself,” Vitt ongoing. “He’s got this insatiable motivation to speak about how superior he is and his family members is. And in the system of all of the bulls—- tales, you have got to function your way by way of it, you have got to — you know, you have got to check out to get the meat and the potatoes of what’s legitimate and not legitimate. But following a although, that just gets to you. It just gets to you.”
Vitt also explained how Williams leaked Saints’ draft picks to the media and how that eventually guide to “an exit tactic … to go on from Gregg.” Vitt also stated Saints players didn’t regard William’s “false bravado” or his “schtick.”
Ultimately, Vitt spelled out the closing straw in Williams’ tenure in New Orleans was his obsession with being aware of if Saints coach Sean Payton would offer him an extension or not. In the end, Payton didn’t extend Williams, who went on to coach with the St. Louis Rams for a thirty day period before becoming suspended for his role in Bountygate.
With all that in brain, it is easy for one to wonder why on earth these two coaches are functioning collectively once again. Maybe the two have moved on from the least expensive factors in their respective coaching careers, but that testimony may perhaps be too substantially to reconcile.
So, why did Adam Gase bring in this perhaps explosive and combative coaching workers? Very well, Vitt is Gases’ father-in-law and the two labored collectively in Miami, so there’s a level of comfortability on Gase’s side. As for Williams, he’s the best candidate to be the “head coach of the protection,” which is what Gase required in a defensive coordinator. Gase has now arrived out and stated Williams “did his time” for Bountygate, so he unquestionably will not keep that scandal towards both party.
Ideally, neither Vitt nor Williams will use the 2019 period to actual some type of revenge on the other. But both way, the Jets’ sideline is placing up to be a spectacle in alone, and the 2019 offseason isn’t even a thirty day period old still.