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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: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

i think what this article fail to mention is that any players sack the qb will also get $100. So why is that not in question? Before, people watch football to see players getting "hit" but now, the word hit is change to the word "tackle". Same difference though.



Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:21 pm
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Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:19 pm
 

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

hey doyle, put him in jail too, and all the others that did it, there would be no nfl... how about that




Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:13 pm
 

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

Damn how times have changed! Nowadays guys wouldn't even bother to breathe on the QB for $100! lol



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:10 pm
 

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

You cannot be suggesting that Joe Gibbs was the second best NFL Coach in the history of the game? Not unless, like myself, you are laughing uncontrollably!



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:09 pm
 

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

ok so when does Gibbs retract his statement before or after the fur begins to fly and other players come forward? this may? have been acceptable 15years ago(although i doubt it) but it certainly isnt going to fly with Goodell. All you Goodell haters might as well fire up the keyboard as you know he will be releasing a statement and there will be some type of rule changes to follow. At the end of the day, players just need to do their job, the job they get hugely overpaid for, and take their paycheques without the kickbacks for rupturing a spleen or bruising a kidney!

this is gonna get interesting... not we know why the hearing didnt start with Goodell, i am sure he knew there was going to be a lot of squealing before this thing was done!



Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

The 2nd best coach in NFL history?  Damn, did you get hit in the head by any of these guys recently?


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Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:08 pm
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Since: Feb 14, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

What a load of crap.... first of all there was no salary cap, so there could be no violation for giving money that could be a cap violation.  Second of all, we're talking about rewarding a defensive player for doing what he is supposed to do.  Third, there is no mention of hurting the quarterback or attempting to knock him out of the game, he was rewarding his defensive players for tackling the most important player on the other team.  

Stop the witch hunt already!!!! 



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:05 pm
 

Starke: Gibbs handed out $100 bills for QB hits

Give me a break!  So the 2nd best coach in NFL history (Lombardi being first) hands out $100 bills for QB hits and people are surprised?  It's professional football people!  This is 100% normal behavior for an NFL locker room.

I can guarantee you Coach Gibbs never encouraged purposely "injuring" another player.  Hurting....yes, but not injuring.  Huuuuge difference.

I suggest you click you on the NBA or MLB links above if you want to just watch/follow non-contact sports.


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