Despite a slew of speculation that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could part ways with Mike Williams, Lovie Smith was quick to squash those rumors at the NFL owners' meeting.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith says there are no plans to kick Mike Williams off the team. Says that as far as he knows, Williams was a victim (1/2)— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) March 25, 2014
(2/2) of an incident and that's "not going to get you kicked off the football team,"— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) March 25, 2014
That's a sensible approach, especially given the fact that Mike Williams is easily the second-best receiver on his football team.
After all, let's recap the timeline of Mike Wiliams' incidents. In August and September of last year, he ran a party house, that damaged the property he rented and caused discomfort for one of his neighbors (only one neighbor ever provided negative quotes). In December, he broke a door, which eventually led to two misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing. And on Sunday, he was stabbed by his brother.
That's not a long list of damaging, harmful off-field incidents. It's at the most indicative of a player who should perhaps party a little less, and who has some issues with his brother. He's not a criminal, he's not violent, and it should be noted that being stabbed is the only 'incident' he's been involved in since Lovie Smith became the team's head coach.
There's every reason to give Williams a second chance in Tampa, and very little reason to cut him -- because that really doesn't benefit the team, much.