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Gibbs says he didn't know about 'Skins bounty

Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:23 am
Joe Gibbs, right, claims not to know that Gregg Williams might have had a bounty program in Washington. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

We can discuss what Saints coach Sean Payton knew or didn’t know about the bounty brought about by his team and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams -- and the NFL says he knew about it at some point in the investigation process but did nothing to stop it. But former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs can tell you exactly what he knew when he employed Williams.

In three words: Gibbs knew nothing.

That’s what he told the Washington Post in the wake of what could be one of the nastiest scandals in NFL history.

“Just let me say this: I’m not aware of anything like this when I was coaching there,” Gibbs told the Post in a phone interview. “I would never ask a player to hurt another player. Never.”

Williams worked with Gibbs for three years as the Washington defensive coordinator from 2004-07 (that’s in the time frame Tony Dungy brought up Friday when the Redskins might have caused the beginning of Manning’s neck problems). For the record, Williams also took a defense that was ranked 31st in the league the year before he got there and turned it into a top-10 unit.

In his apology, Williams didn’t mention his time with the Redskins, but the team also apparently had a bounty program when Williams was there.

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And though Gibbs claims not to have known about it, the reports say the program was widely known throughout the organization.

“But I didn’t,” Gibbs said. “In my life … I wouldn’t ever tell a player to hurt somebody.

“They may say, ‘Well, Joe would know, because everybody else knew.’ But I didn’t know. I’m shocked by this.”

While it is hard to believe, like Payton, Gibbs didn’t know anything about the bounty program, but unless there’s absolute proof that disputes his spoken word, I suppose there’s not much reason not to give him the benefit of the doubt.

In other Williams-bounty-in-Washington news, here’s an interesting piece by Matt Bowen in the Chicago Tribune talking about his time with the Redskins playing for Williams and how the bounty system worked.

“I wanted to be That Guy for him, playing the game with an attitude opposing players absolutely feared,” Bowen writes. “If that meant playing through the whistle or going low on a tackle, I did it.

“I don't regret any part of it. I can't. Williams is the best coach I ever played for in my years in the NFL, a true teacher who developed me as a player. I believed in him. I still do. That will never change.”

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Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 3:10 am

Gibbs says he didn't know about 'Skins bounty

Come on folks......these bounties have gone on for years and is one of those unwritten rules where no one snitches about it.  Football is a contact sport and is violent.  You think when Ray Lewis or James Harrison hits you they don't intend to inflict pain and to take you out?  That is their job.........     

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:55 pm

Gibbs says he didn't know about 'Skins bounty

Skins made playoffs in 2005 and 2007. Look it up.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:42 pm

Gibbs says he didn't know about 'Skins bounty

not true. In the 4 years Coach Gibbs was there in his second round of coaching the Skins made the playoffs twice.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:17 pm

Gibbs says he didn't know about 'Skins bounty

Come on dimersboy , there is NO hitting in touch footbal ! LMAO

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: March 3, 2012 6:15 pm

Gibbs says he didn't know about 'Skins bounty

Well it did not help the Skins. They still Sucked. Haha

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:04 pm

Gibbs says he didn't know about 'Skins bounty

If Drew Brees doesn't resign for that team I would really like to see him in a Chiefs uniform.  It would help to remove the immediacy of dealing with the  position for a time and allow us to focus on our supporting cast of linemen and a reciever opposite. I hope they are punished at least to the extent the T-wolves were and suspesions handed out. With the air of secrecy surrounding the Chiefs I don't expect to find out soon if that's a thought Romeo has had but please Romeo, don't speak of it.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:15 pm

Gibbs says he didn't know about 'Skins bounty

I heard Gibbs' exact quote was;

"Son, we have a defense that builds walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men who get paid. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Josh Katzowitz? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Joe Thiesman, and you curse the Giants. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That LT's coke habit, while tragic and expensive, probably won games. And Gregg Williams' existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, wins games. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at super bowl parties, you want LT in that game, and you need Gregg in that game. We use words like honor, code, chop block. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending the end zone. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps in front of a TV watching the game that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a helmet, and run a deep post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to." Cool

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:48 pm

Gibbs says he didn't know about 'Skins bounty

Man I was missing out all these years. Myself and a few other guys I played with did this without getting paid.

As for ol Gibby not knowing. CMOON MAN!!!!! Head coaches know everything their players do, gonna do, and have done. Ask the Tuna, Im sure he knew about LT snorting crack before/during/after a game.

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:35 pm

Gibbs says he didn't know about 'Skins bounty

I don't wish to accuse anybody, for you never know when somebody is telling the truth. For all we know, people refused to say anything to Joe Gibbs because they knew he was a man of character and thus would inform the league of such disgusting behavior. I am not a Joe Gibbs fan nor a Redskin fan, so i have no bias in any way. I mean, it's quit possible that Mr. Gibbs was fully aware of what was happening regarding this "bounty" program. I would just like to say that, let's respect the due process, and refrain from judgement, as hard as that is for all of us.

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