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Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:37 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 2:02 pm
Gibbs, in his second stint as Skins coach. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Gregg Williams, the man at the center of "Bountygate," worked under Joe Gibbs as the Redskins defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2007 (before he became head coach of the Bills; there is also a concern he ran a bounty program there). So naturally, Gibbs was asked about whether bounty programs existed in Washington. And he said they absolutely did not.

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But here's an interesting twist to that: George Starke, one of the original "Hogs" under Gibbs during his first tenure as 'Skins coach, appeared on ESPN 980 and said, via Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog, that Gibbs used to walk through the locker room and hand out $100 b ills to defensive players who knocked down the quarterback.

"Let’s be clear: the reason that the Hogs did that Hogs Night Out poster ... was, in the meeting after the game, Joe Gibbs would come in, he’d have a fistful of $100 bills," Starke said. "And if Dexter knocked the quarterback down three times, he would get three hundred-dollar bills. And Joe would pass the money out in the meeting, and we would have to duck."

(Hogs Night Out was a result of Starke and the linemen being mad they received no money, so they'd apparently sign Jack Kent Cooke's name to the check.)

Starke pointed out that Gibbs wouldn't consider the $100 handouts "bounties," but rather "incentives." And there's a big difference there, even if both are a violation of (current) NFL rules. Bounties contain a malicious intent to cause injury or physical harm to another player. Incentives are simply bonuses for doing your job well.

And while Starke pointed out that he didn't think Gregg Williams (who he doesn't know) would tell a player to hurt someone, he said that "George Allen did in fact put a bounty on Roger Staubach of 200 bucks, and the bounty was to knock him out ... Not to hurt him. Let's be clear about that. Knock him out... We used to call it drag-offs."

Now that is a bounty. And even if Starke doesn't think what Gibbs was doing would be considered a "bounty" and even if Gibbs wouldn't call it a "bounty," combining that description of injury to a person with the visual of Gibbs making it rain in the 'Skins locker room isn't exactly the best public relations for the former Redskins coach.

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Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 14, 2012 7:35 pm

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

We should all go over to Gibbs house and throw toilet paper over his roof.  What a cheap skate.  Each hit shoulda been worth at least 200 bucks.

Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:07 pm

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

Don't owner's pay millions for QB hits?? Gibbs sounds like a cheap ba$tard

Since: Sep 1, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:49 pm

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

Bounty or no bounty. Players will still go into a game wanting to hurt or put a player out of the game. It's in there nature and the game of football. I dont like the players getting paid for hurting another player, but can you imagine now if someone gets knocked out of a game? There will be questions raised. Did you get paid to put that player out of the game? was that hit necessary. It will be interesting this coming year. 

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:45 pm

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

It's always a defensive player's job to land a hit as hard as they possibly can.  All this hubbub about incentives or bounties is meaningless as long as a hit is clean.  Look at the tapes and fine dirty hits...PERIOD.  Of course no one should get rewarded with a bonus for injuring another, it's tasteless and classless, but just because someone accetped $100 bonus or a $1000 bounty doesn't mean he intended injury or didn't play clean.

Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:46 pm

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

They take scalps? Now that was a bounty!! Play football...

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:53 pm

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

This is much ado about nothing.  There is a hell of big difference between being paid a little money for doing your job well and targeting an opponent with intent to injure and put them out of the game.  This is merely an attempt to mitigate the serious situationin New Orleans.  Next some Saints fan will tell us that George Halas paid somebody back in the twenties for a good clean hit.  Come on guys.  Focus on what is real.  The Saints paid their players to injure opponents.  That is wrong and no punishment will be too severe.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:53 pm
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Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:33 pm

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

Sounds worse than it was. $100 to "knock down" a QB. Big difference between that and intent to injure.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:07 pm

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

If it looks like a bounty, sounds like a bounty...

Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:02 pm

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

all the people who say violence is part of the game are most likly fat slobs who were cut from JV football.  

hitting is part of the game intentionally trying to hurt another player because you can't stop them is cheap and bush league.   

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