Found March 03, 2012 on The Hair of the Dog Sports Blog:
An NFL investigation has shown the the New Orleans Saints had a “pay for performance” plan in place from 2009 – 2011. The program was administrated by, then Saints Defensive Coordinator, Gregg Williams, with the knowledge of Head Coach, Sean Payton. From NFL.com:
The investigation showed that Saints players received $1,500 for a “knockout” hit and $1,000 for a “cart-off” hit, with payouts doubling or tripling during the team’s three playoff appearances. A memo sent to clubs throughout the league included a statement on how Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma put up $10,000 cash as a bounty before a playoff game, a source familiar with the memo told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora.
NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell released a statement saying:
The payments here are particularly troubling because they involved not just payments for ‘performance,’ but also for injuring opposing players. The bounty rule promotes two key elements of NFL football: player safety and competitive integrity. It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated. We have made significant progress in changing the culture with respect to player safety and we are not going to relent. We have more work to do and we will do it.
Goodell said the investigation began in 2010 after allegations were made that Saints defenders had targeted Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre during New Orleans’ 2009 run to the Super Bowl. The punishment is expected to be harsher the the punishment handed down to the New England Patriots for Spygate in 2007. The Patriots were found guilty of video taping opposing teams and coaches during games, a direct violation of league rules. Patriots Head Coach, Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and the Patriots were forced to give up a first round draft pick the following year. The punishment for the Saints, Gregg Williams (who is now the defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, for now) and Sean Payton, should be more severe. Like Goodell said this “involved not just payments for ‘performance,’ but also for injuring opposing players.” You’re talking about, not only, affecting the integrity and possibly outcomes of the game (like Spygate), but the Saints were also threatening the health and livlihood of opposing players. The punishment must be more severe. Now reports are coming out that Williams had a similar bounty program while he was the defensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins. Former
Indianapolis Colts head coach, Tony Dungy, claims Peyton Manning’s neck injury can be traced back to a game in 2006. Here’s Peter King from SI’s Monday Morning Quarterback back in September:
Tony Dungy had an excellent observation on our Saturday night NFL special on NBC. He said Manning’s neck history dates to Oct. 22, 2006, when his neck got wrenched and his helmet ripped off on a hit by two Washington defenders. We showed the highlight on our Saturday show, and Manning, after being hit and crumbling to the ground awkwardly, lay there for a second, and when he rose, he stretched his neck and shook his right arm for a second, as if trying to get the feeling back in it. Dungy said, “that’s the year we started cutting back on his throws at practice. I’m not putting two plus two together. I just figure he’s getting older and he needs some time off, he’s made enough throws. But now, as I look back on it, there’s no doubt in my mind that this was the start of his neck problems.”
It doesn’t stop there. Tony Dungy says he knows the Tennessee Titans had the same kind of bounties on Peyton Manning when Gregg Williams was the defensive coordinator there. With all of this coming out, Gregg Williams will be lucky to have a job in the NFL next year. One thing is for sure. The Saints and Williams will be handed some of the stiffest penalties in NFL history. Check us out on Facebook, Hair of the Dog Sports Blog. Follow me on Twitter @coldy4goldy.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES
IT GETS WORSE

Report: Buffalo used bounties too

According to a report by a Buffalo newspaper, former Bills players have admitted they were given compensation for "knockout shots" while Greg Williams was the head coach in Buffalo from 2001 through 2003.

The Washington Redskins reportedly had a bounty system under Gregg Williams, too

Former New Orleans Saints and current St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams reportedly established a bounty system while he was working for the Washington Redskins. It’s the same kind of system that he established when he worked for the Saints. The Washington Post reports that Williams doled out thousands of dollars to Redskins defensive players for “kill shots”...

Did Gregg William's Illegal Bounty System Help End Peyton Manning's Career in Indianapolis?

A bombshell report rocked the NFL today as word of an illegal bounty system imposed by then Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams reached the public. Players were rewarded financially for injuries caused to opposing stars. Now, players claim such a system was in place in Washington during Williams' tenure. This begs the question: were the egregious hits on Peyton Manning...

NFL Summons Gregg Williams to New York City, Suspension a Possibility

On Friday, Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was exposed for his role in a "pay for performance" program that was operational during his three-year span with the New Orleans Saints, and possibly during his time with the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills as well. The program offered incentives to players who made big plays, such as fumbles and interceptions...

Report: Saints instituted bounty program under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams

Per reports from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the New Orleans Saints had a bounty system set up under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams that paid players for injuries they inflicted on players, among other things. Schefter’s report claims the investigation covers 22 to 27 Saints defensive players from 2009-2011. Apparently the investigation began in [...]

Williams Has Explaining To Do

In a national notebook, we have a few updates on Gregg Williams' "bounty" controversy and a draft update on Penn State cornerback D'Anton Lynn.

Gregg Williams: just a good ole boy

Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is at the center of a firestorm over his admitted bounty program while with the Saints. It’s a good time to expose Williams for what he is: an average coach and symbol of the good ole boy network that dominates NFL sidelines.....

Gregg Williams will meet with the NFL on Monday

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will meet with NFL at the league office’s in New York City on Monday to discuss bounty gate. So far all indications are that Williams has been cooperating with the NFL as they continue their investigation. The NFL is expected to hand down penalties for those involved, towards the end of the...

Gregg Williams Plagiarizes The U and Dictator Goodell is Pissed

Football bounties were born in Miami, and Roger Goodell wished they never left. Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, and former Washington Redskins DC, Gregg Williams is in quite the bit of trouble with the Dictator after the NFL found out he puts bounties on opponents' players. Roger Goodell is expected to punish him for this tactic more than Bill Belichick and...

Tony Dungy: Titans had a bounty out on Peyton Manning

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, Tony Dungy of NBC’s Football Night in America told him that he believes Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had a bounty put out on Colts quarterback Peyton Manning when he was on the Titans staff. “I know they had them in Tennessee,” Dungy said in a text per Florio Now that Williams has been linked to placing bounties...

New Orleans Saints ran a bounty program to injure players

The news flying out of New Orleans today is hot and heavy. None hot and heavier than the NFL’s announcement that they have been investigating the New Orleans Saints for a bounty program to injure players under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.But that’s not all. The NFL’s investigation found Gregg Williams wasn’t running this program in secrecy. Sean Payton knew. GM Mickey...

Darren Sharper calls allegations of Saints bounties for hurting players ‘ridiculous’

Allegations that Gregg Williams in his last three seasons as Saints’ defensive coordinator had a “bounty system” that paid cash bonuses to players for injuring opponents has gotten considerable attention today. But Darren Sharper, who played under Williams as a safety for the Saints in 2009 and 2010, flatly denies those claims. While Sharper acknowledges that there were incentive...

So the Saints got a bonus for sending Kurt Warner to early retirement?

NFL security reportedly has determined that players as well as former New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator Gregg Williams ran a bounty program. Deadspin (of course it was Barry Petchesky)... Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.