Takeaway pounding and football becomes soccer
Why do you think football players wear scientifically designed helmets and padding? The game is bump and grind, sometimes referred to as “pounding the ball.”
When preparing for an opponent, coaches look at the competition to identify the “star” players, the guys who make “big plays.” The goal is to stop them; take them out; make them ineffective.
That is accomplished by running plays away from them; double teaming, piling obstructions, and aiming “big hits” right at them. All legal of course.
It is the American way to add incentive – put a “bounty” on the heads of “big players.” Now, that’s the football we all love.
Bounty or not, the Washington Redskins still suck.
Call for the cart; bring out the stretcher. Watch for movement. Thumbs up, that player won’t be back today.
“Washington Redskins offered bounties for big hits under former assistant coach Gregg Williams
By Mark Maske, Published: March 2
The Washington Redskins had a bounty system during the mid-2000s that rewarded players with thousands of dollars for big hits that knocked opponents out of games, a former Redskins coach and five players said Friday.
The program, which was operated under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williamsbetween 2004 and 2007, was similar to one revealed Friday in an National Football League investigation of the New Orleans Saints while Williams was the defensive coordinator there.
Four of the Redskins players described an informal system under which Williams doled out thousands of dollars to Redskins defenders who measured up to his standards for rugged play, including for what one described as “kill shots” that sent opposing teams’ stars to the sideline.
“You got compensated more for a kill shot than you did other hits,” said one former Redskins player, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The former coach, who was an assistant to Williams, said the defensive coordinator would reveal the amount of bounty money available to players as “a little extra incentive.” He said Williams would set the amounts in meetings before big games.
“It was a motivational tool, just like anything you would try to do as a coach to get the most out of players,” the former coach said. “The only thing was, money was involved.”
Players said such compensation, which is against NFL rules, ranged from “hundreds to thousands of dollars,” with the largest sum paid to any player believed to be about $8,000.
“I never took it for anything [but] just incentive to make good, hard plays,” said a current Redskins player, who requested anonymity. “But I’m pretty sure it did entice some guys to do more to a player than normal when it came to taking them out. I mean, that’s cash. Let’s just be honest about it.
“If you took the star player out, he’d hook you up a little bit.”
Greg Aiello, the NFL’s senior vice president of communications, said the league was not aware of allegations of a Redskins bounty program under Williams. “No such information came forth in this investigation” of the Saints, Aiello said. He did not comment further.
The Redskins declined to comment through team spokesman Tony Wyllie.
Joe Gibbs, who was head coach during Williams’s tenure in Washington, said he was unaware of the bounty program and would have stopped it if he had known.
“Just let me say this: I’m not aware of anything like this when I was coaching there,” Gibbs said in a telephone interview. “I would never ask a player to hurt another player. Never.”
Of the five Redskins players interviewed, only Phillip Daniels, a former defensive lineman, was willing to be quoted by name. He defended Williams’s coaching.
Daniels, now the Redskins’ director of player development, said he believed Williams began the program with fines collected from players for being late for meetings or practices. “Rather than pocket that money or whatever, he would redistribute it to players who had good games or good practices,” Daniels said.”