Here’s Darren Woodson on with Mike and Mike this morning to talk about Bounty Gate…
This whole Bounty thing is kind of silly. Half of these players can’t tackle the QB when they get an open shot never mind aiming a hit to injure the guy. The whole thing is about guys getting a big hit and then talking about it on Mondays and having some little system to reward the efforts.
When someone comes out and says that Gregg Williams walked into a meeting and asked his players to intentionally hurt another player so badly that his career was put into jeopardy then call me. And even if that happened we would have heard long ago about a player popping Williams in the mouth for even suggesting something of that nature.
Think about the amount of the rewards. None of the reported numbers were even substantial enough for a player to entertain the idea of being a dirty player for money. They blow thousands on jewelry and dinner bills on a weekly basis.
Update: Tony Dungy recently said this hit from Phillip Daniels on Peyton Manning was probably the beginning of the problems with his neck…
Gregg Williams was the Defensive Coordinator of the Redskins at this time. Not good for Williams, Phillip Daniels and the NFL. And especially not good for Manning to have to now think that maybe some guy went out of his way to hurt him for a few hundred dollars.
I doubt Daniels was thinking about any bounty stuff while making this play, but we all know that perception often beats reality.