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The league's worst kept secret finally comes to pass.
After nearly two weeks of speculation, Roger Goodell officially reinstated Gregg Williams from his suspension for his role in Bounty-gate. At essentially the same time, the Titans announced the hiring of Williams as Senior Assistant/Defense. It'll be interesting to see what leaks out regarding where Williams and Gray fall in the chain of command, and who has final say on gameday. Given their long history together, I seriously doubt there'll be any issue either way.
Here's the statement from the NFL on Williams:
"Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified Gregg Williams and the Tennessee Titans that Williams' contract with the Titans has been approved and that he has been reinstated. The commissioner cited several reasons for the reinstatement, including Williams' forthcoming acknowledgement of and acceptance of responsibility for his role in the bounty program at the Saints, his commitment to never again be involved in a pay-for-performance or bounty system, and his pledge to teach safe play and respect for the rules at all levels of the game. The commissioner emphasized that Williams must fully conform to league rules and will be subject to periodic monitoring to confirm his compliance."
Here's the statement from Mike Munchak:
"I have known Gregg for over two decades and have seen him work his way up from a quality control coach to a head coach," said Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak. "He will bring a great deal of defensive knowledge and energy to our staff. The decision to bring him here only came after going through a thoughtful and thorough process."