Thursday, January 30, 2014
Mike Williams on the hot seat?
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- Had coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik stayed with the Buccaneers, wide receiver Mike Williams might have been on his way out of Tampa Bay.
That’s according to this eye-opening report by Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report. The previous regime had serious concerns about Williams’ dedication to football and his lifestyle away from the field.
Reynolds reports that Williams was fined more than $200,000 last year for missing or being late to meetings and rehab sessions for a torn hamstring that forced him to miss the second half of last season. The report also says that Schiano and Dominik were worried that Williams was partying too much and they were prepared to release him if things didn’t change.
Schiano and Dominik are gone, but that doesn’t mean that Williams is off the hook. It’s easy to say that Williams will get a new start with coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht, but that might not be accurate.
There are other people in the organization that were well aware of the concerns of Schiano and Dominik. Word will get back to Smith and Licht -- if it hasn’t already. Smith and Licht seem like no-nonsense guys.
The bottom line here is that Williams has to straighten up and fly right. If he doesn’t, Smith and Licht easily could do what Schiano and Dominik were contemplating. Williams is a good, but not great, receiver. Cutting him would have virtually no salary-cap implications. It would be very easy to part ways with Williams if things don't change.