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Stevie Johnson: Bounties are 'stupid, ridiculous'

Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:34 pm
Johnson's not a fan of NFL bounties. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Stevie Johnson, who got a brand-new, five-year contract from Buffalo on Monday, dropped by The Jim Rome Show on Monday to talk about his new deal.

While he was there, Rome also asked Johnson about the hottest story of the day, the Saints bounties. And Johnson called them "stupid" and "ridiculous," and think it goes against what NFL players work for in the first place.

"I think it's stupid," Johnson told Rome. "I don't understand why other players do that or even participate in something like that. We got in this league through blood, sweat and tears. We grinded our way to get in the position we're in and then you put out a bounty or a hit on somebody to injure them? I don't like it at all and I kind of get frustrated by it."

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Frankly, I couldn't agree more with Johnson. The NFL's a tough enough business without people purposely trying to injure players. When a defensive player blitzes a quarterback (or simply lines up to rush a quarterback), he's inherently already trying to do damage to that quarterback.

The idea that financial motivation is required for violent behavior is pretty sickening. Thankfully some players, like Johnson, aren't taking the "this happens everywhere" attitude towards bounties.

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Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 8:24 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:56 pm

Stevie Johnson: Bounties are 'stupid, ridiculous'


Investigate illegal cheap shots from the three seasons and punish players accordingly.  Suspend Williams, Payton and Loomis and fine them.  I understand they want to come down hard on this, so 2 years worth of 1st round pick value would not be out of line as well as a fine to the team.  The rest of your histrionics are not necessary.  And some players will continue to so this without bounties anyway because it still gives their team a better chance to win.  I fear for what this will do to the quality of football we see, because I watched some of hte Pro Bowl and that is how you play if you want to reduce injuries.  But I could not see too many people paying to watch football played that way.

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:02 pm
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Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:02 pm

Stevie Johnson: Bounties are 'stupid, ridiculous'

Come on now Wildcat Fish you are better than that the 'Stevie dropping TD Passes' line is too tired and lame at this point in the conversation. The point of the article is that a professional football player on the offensive side of the ball felt that there is no place in the game for bounties..... do you not agree?

Johnson deserves the right to offer his opinion on the case since he is at a position that bounties are placed.

Now give the guy his due he was the 224th player picked in the 2008 draft and has developed into a top WR who has had back to back thousand yard seasons.

Wildat you are better than this..... 

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:54 pm

Stevie Johnson: Bounties are 'stupid, ridiculous'

By skills, did you mean the ability to drop clean game winning touchdown passes?

Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:48 pm

Stevie Johnson: Bounties are 'stupid, ridiculous'

Way to go Will, good article!  Stevie says it best and too the point!  Its crimanl to hire someone to put a hit on somebody else.  It falls under the classification as guns for hire IMO.  Pete Rose was forced out of MLB with a lifetime ban for gambling and, in a sense this is exactly what took place.
It will be almost iconic or maybe even ironic how Goodell handles this.  Just a fine or suspension isn't good enough here, in this case the Saints should have the SB title stripped away and handed to the next best team that deserved to win the game - the Vikings.
This will be nothing less than an "askerisk" SB win for the Saints.
Plausable denile by the Saints owner is even "more obvious", afterall, he helped vote Goodell into his office so, against common ground here, Goodell cannot bring the owner into fold.  The next best thing is the head Coach himself, and again "denile" will take place and just a mere fine will take place in his case however, Gregg Williams, will no doubt take all the heat in this situation - he will be the main fallguy here!
Nevertheless, the Saints should;
A) Have the SB stripped away and awarded too the Vikings ( who did actually defeat the Saints in every single faucet of the game, accept "the Referee's" ( who obviously seen on National Television, turned a blind eye to the hits below the knee and late hits to the passer Brett Favre) - leaving the Referee's, who should also fall under inditement and investigated ).
B) Lifetime bans & fines showld be handed to all the players involved in this incident.
C) Multiple draft picks, and not just one years worth of 1st rd picks should be taken away and awarded to the team that took the most damage from the Saints "hitmen".
D) The owner, should have all his votes, in all ownership meetings stripped for 5 years!
E) Franchise tags for 3 years should be automatically forfited.

Just by doing this, it will eliminate this indecent obstruction of League rules putting an end to it for ever !

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:36 pm

Stevie Johnson: Bounties are 'stupid, ridiculous'

Says the OFFENSIVE skill position player...I bet if he were a safety or a linebacker, he would be singing a different tune!

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