St. Louis Rams linebacker Brady Poppinga is so outraged about Gregg Williams and his bounty programs, that he decided to blast him during an interview with FOXSports.com, according to Alex Marvez.
“I just can’t sit there and be silent,” Poppinga said. “I look at this as an opportunity to share with the public that we, as football players, are not barbaric and out to try and destroy everything in our path. Football is my profession and I take it seriously. It’s an art form. It’s technical, strategic and takes a lot of intelligence to play.
“When this came out, it started to confirm the idea that football guys are idiots. That’s not who we are. Ninety-five percent of the guys are very intelligent. It’s just guys who love to go out and play a physical game.”
Poppinga admits that he’s heard of under-the-table incentive programs on some NFL defenses, but he believes the Saints went way to far.
“I’ve heard of other situations where there wasn’t a bounty for hurting a guy, but guys throwing in $500 to all of the defense if they held a guy like (Minnesota running back) Adrian Peterson to less than 100 yards,” said Poppinga, who played with Green Bay from 2005-10. “But it was nothing like where there was actual programming for that and you talk about (injuring opponents).”
What’s really funny is that Williams is now Poppinga’s defensive coordinator, at least for the next few days, he’ll be a free agent starting on March 13. I’d be shocked if the Rams re-sign him after ripping their new defensive coordinator.