Sunday, March 4, 2012
710ESPN Seattle audio: Clayton Show
By Mike Sando
ESPN's John Clayton and I spent part of Saturday discussing the biggest stories in the NFC West.
We covered Gregg Williams' situation and the franchise-tag deadline relating to Marshawn Lynch, Dashon Goldson and Calais Campbell.
Our conversation begins about 33 minutes into this audio block.
John started off by asking whether the NFL's investigation into bounty systems could wind up running Williams out of the league. Williams, now the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator, held the same job in New Orleans when the Saints allegedly offered financial incentives to players for injuring opponents.
In my view, the NFL has strong incentive to punish the Saints as part of the league's ongoing attempts to own the player safety issue. Expanding the investigation to include Williams' past stops and every other team in league history would carry high costs.
A fine and/or suspension for Williams seems more likely.