Tag:Bobby McCray
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:55 pm
 

More nuggets on Saints' bounties come to light

Gregg Williams wasn't the only one to get hooked by the NFL on the bounty pools in New Orleans.  (AP)
By Josh Katzowitz

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King has an interesting story on the NFL’s investigation into the pay-for-performance ring* instigated by about two dozen Saints players and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and some of the details that are unearthed are worth noting because it’s the first we’ve heard of them.

*I will not call it Bounty-gate. I will not call it Bounty-gate. I will not call it Bounty-gate. 

First off, read the first two paragraphs of the story, because it paints a tremendous picture of how the rewards were distributed in front of the entire defense and how, sometimes, the Saints would urge the honoree to put the money back into the pool instead of accepting it.

New Orleans' forgettable offseason
Aside from that chilling color, here are few more nuggets reported by King.

-During the 2009 NFC title game vs. the Vikings -- played in January 2010 -- in which New Orleans defensive linemen Bobby McCray and Remi Ayodel high-lowed Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre and badly spraining his ankle, defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, after Favre temporarily left the game, excitedly proclaimed “Favre is out of the game! Favre is done! Favre is done!”

As King also writes, “An on-field microphone directed toward the sideline caught an unidentified defender saying, ‘Pay me my money!’”

-As we know, the investigation was halted for lack of evidence -- because everybody involved basically denied the bounty pool’s existence -- but it’s interesting to note how the NFL began looking into it in the first place. After the Vikings playoff game, Minnesota officials informed the league that it had information that a bounty had been placed on Favre and a bounty had been placed on Kurt Warner the week before.

Williams, Hargrove and assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt all denied the allegations, and apparently, the investigators told Saints general manager Mickey Loomis to make sure there was no bound program. Loomis said he would.

Obviously, he didn’t. Which means he not only apparently lied to his boss but he also apparently lied to NFL officials. When the investigation started up again in last season’s playoffs, Saints owner Tom Benson told the NFL he would contact Loomis to make sure there was no bounty program.

-King also talked to Scott Fujita, who’s been very active on the player safety front. And who happened to be a big-time contributor (between $2,000-$10,000) to the bounty pool in New Orleans.

"Over the years I've paid out a lot of money for big plays like interceptions, sacks and special teams tackles inside the 20,” Fujita told King. “But I've never made a payment for intentionally injuring another player."

Still, paying into a bounty like that sort of clouds the message of player safety, doesn't it?

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 6:35 pm
 

Saints upgrade pass-rush with McCray return

Some general NFL news upkeep: Yesterday the New Orleans Saints re-signed veteran end Bobby McCray to a one-year contract. McCray started for an injured Charles Grant during the playoff run last season. Surprisingly, he was released earlier this offseason. B. McCray

McCray’s presence is potentially crucial to a New Orleans pass-rush that would have been little more than decent with only Will Smith and Alex Brown. Expect McCray’s primary role to be sharing third-down reps with Brown. It’s not entirely out of the question that McCray could start ahead of Brown. McCray is a limber athlete with good initial quickness. He plays upright, though, which gives him problems as a playside run anchor. Brown, however, with his questionable strength, has the same issue.

--Andy Benoit 

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2010 5:27 pm
 

Saints release 'speechless' McCray

The most interesting news of the day has to be the New Orleans Saints releasing DE Bobby McCray. Not because McCray has been an established starter during his six-year career in the NFL (he’s started less than 40 percent of the time). And not because McCray was all-world last year for the Super Bowl winners (he had 1.5 sacks and eight tackles on the season, but much of that can be attributed to a lingering back injury).
 
The release is noteworthy – and surprising – because McCray has worked with the first-team defense most of the offseason, and with the release of DE Charles Grant shortly after last season, observers figured McCray would jump the starting spot opposite Will Smith. Apparently not.

McCray told WWL-TV that he was speechless, but according to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Larry Holder . McCray might have begun to lose the interest of coach Sean Payton last year when he was continuously late to team meetings, including one on Super Bowl media day. Payton wrote about those incidents in his book, “Home Team” .  Payton also wondered aloud during the actual Super Bowl whether McCray was “tough enough."

The DWI for which he was arrested in November certainly didn’t help matters. Also, Pro Football Talk has theorized the Saints dumped McCray, because they would have owed him a $1.25 million roster bonus in 10 days.

But fear not. The Saints have some options to replace McCray. In the offseason, they signed Alex Brown and Jimmy Wilkerson, and the way it looks now, Brown would be the first to get a chance to win the spot that’s been vacated by McCray.

--Josh Katzowitz

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