According to reports, the National Football League will now investigate claims that the Washington Redskin had a bounty program in place when Gregg Williams was the team's defensive coordinator.
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Since details of the league's probe were released, five former Redskins and a former coach have said that Williams ran a similar system in Washington.
Joe Gibbs, who was head coach of the Redskins when Williams was there, says he was unaware of a bounty system at the time in question.
Meanwhile, former Bills safety Coy Wire told The Buffalo News that Williams promoted bonuses for injuring opposing players while he was the head coach in Buffalo.
"I'll just put it like this, there was financial compensation," Wire said.
Sources told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen earlier today that Williams has been called to New York to meet with league security officials on Monday for another round of dialogue pertaining to the alleged violations. However, the specific nature of the visit is not yet known.
According to the NFL, over twenty Saints defensive players were involved in the team's bounty program, which was administered by Williams, with the knowledge of head coach Sean Payton. In several instances, the amounts pledged were directed against specific opposing players, including former quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Brett Favre.
Under the program, knockouts were worth $1,500 and cart-offs $1,000, with payments doubling or even tripling for the playoffs. The NFL said the pool amounts reached their height of $50,000 or more during the 2009 campaign, the season New Orleans won the Super Bowl.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has advised the organization that he will hold proceedings to determine potential discipline against the team and the individuals involved. That discipline could include fines, suspensions, and the forfeiture of draft choices.
The fact of the matter is, as bad as the New England Patriots Spygate scandal was back in 2007, what the Saints have done is much, much worse.
To have a coach promote hits that are intended to take out opponents can not, and will not, be tolerated. Especially when the league is trying to change the culture of the game by eliminating cheap shots and cutting down on concussions.
The sport is violent enough as is. Having an incentive to hurt players is taking it entirely too far. In my opinion, Goodell should make a big example out of New Orleans and Williams so that this type of thing never happens again.