News has recently broken that the NFL has found the Saints guilty of maintaing a “bounty program” with their defense the past three seasons, an action that will draw discipline. How does this relate to the Washington Redskins you say? Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the main culprit behind this “program” was former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was also the defensive coordinator in Washington a few years ago. Here is what Adam Schefter said on his Twitter account earlier today:
NFL security determined between 22 and 27 defensive players on the Saints, as well as at least one asst. coach, maintained a bounty program.
Investigation reviewed 18.000 documents totaling more than 50,000 pages. Commissioner Goodell will determine the discipline
NFL determined that former Saints DC Gregg Williams administered the program with knowledge of other defensive coaches.Discipline for the Saints could include fines, suspensions and forfeiture of draft choices.
NFL investigation of Saints began in 2010 when allegations were made that Saints targeted QBs such as Brett Favre and Kurt Warner.
A “bounty program” is when coaches inform players on certain injuries of opponents, in which then the players will target. According to Schefter, the Saints were investigated in 2010, for such actions against former Arizona Cardinal Kurt Warner.
I personally attended the Saints-Cardinals 2009-2010 playoff game, a game where Kurt Warner was taken out of the 1st half after a viscous hit.
ESPN also reported that their was a “pool” of money during the 2009 playoffs, exceeding $50,000. The money was then rewarded to players who followed their coaches disturbing instructions.
Gregg Williams, a former Redskins coach, looks like he will end up taking the fall, as it was his duty to ensure things like this did not happen.
But, one question that Redskins fans and team personnel should be thinking about is this:
Did Gregg Williams run a bounty program in Washington?
What do you think Redskins fans?