I know I’m supposed to be outraged about the Saints paying bounties for big hits that injure opposing players, but I’m not. I’m not saying what Gregg Williams and the Saints did was right, or that it should go unpunished, but I can’t work myself up to be outraged about the issue like so many others.
Is this bounty system really that big of a revelation? Are we truly shocked that something like this was (is) going on in the NFL?
I always assumed some sort of bounty system existed and it was just one of those things that got treated with a wink and a nod, kind of like when pitchers in baseball used finger-nail files or sandpaper to doctor the ball back in the day.
That doesn’t make it right, but it makes it one of those issues where people’s reactions get under my skin. Now everyone is condemning Williams and the Saints for being big evil monsters that were out to tear off the limbs of opposing players and collect cash for maiming their NFL brethren.
Bounty or no bounty, defensive players are looking to deliver a giant hit on every play. If that big hit results in a player getting carted off, so be it. Some players also take cheap shots. These types of players play for many teams, not just the Saints or some other team with a bounty system.
The NFL can issue as many fines and suspensions as it wants (and it will, and should), but this type of mindset won’t go away. Perhaps the other teams currently using a bounty system will stop, but those cash incentives will be replaced with other tokens of appreciation.
A coach praising a player during film sessions for bone-jarring hits, teammates buying dinner for whomever knocks out the opposing QB, sharing laughs and re-enacting certain violent plays over a few beers — those are a few ways players and coaches will continue showing appreciation for hits that leave another player woozy or unable to return to the game.
That’s just how football works and I don’t see it changing any time soon. It doesn’t make it right. It doesn’t mean is should be accepted. But I just can’t get that worked up over it.
Charles Woodson, the Draft and Wednesday Night Football
- The Packers intend to keep Charles Woodson at CB. Good. Woodson takes too many risks to play safety and be the Packers last line of defense. If the Packers defense is going to get back to where it needs to be, the safeties need to be reliable so Woodson can take chances in the slot and as a regular CB. Besides, is Sam Shields ready to take over as the No. 2 CB?
- We’re ramping up NFL draft analysis and potential Packers prospect profiles (say that five times fast) here at AllGBP.com. When Jersey Al shares his thoughts on a prospect, it’s always a must-read. You can find his first couple of profiles here, here, and here.
- The NFL kicks off on a Wednesday this year, and I hope the Packers play the Giants. Not only would it be an intriguing game, but opening the season on a Wednesday, then not playing again until presumably the next Sunday, is essentially like having an extra bye week.
In Case you Missed It
- The Packers were reportedly interested in Texans free agent C Chris Myers. That’s news to Myers, though.
- Donald Driver is the newest cast member of Dancing with the Stars. Will Driver leap into the stands after pulling off a difficult move?
- Aaron Rodgers visited the Milwaukee Brewers at spring training. Please Aaron, if Ryan Braun offers you any “vitamins,” politely decline and get out of there as fast as you can.
- Brett Favre joined Twitter. The over/under on the number of Tweets containing the word “ya’ll” in the next five days is set at 99.5.
- John Rehor writes about the passing of his brother over at Eat More Cheese. It’s a must-read, even though it’s difficult at times. Well done, John, and thanks for sharing.
- The Vikings are getting closer to securing a deal for a new stadium. Don’t worry, it will be another dome so going to a Vikings game will be just as lame as it is now.
- If you can spare about 45 minutes, this oral history of the brawl involving the Pistons/Pacers/NBA fans is a must-read.
Previewing next week’s Packers news
- Look for a few updates on Nick Collins, especially if he sets a date to be checked out by doctors to get cleared to play, or told he has to retire.
- This week we had a Packers player join Dancing with the Stars and visit the Brewers at spring training. Who could have predicted those story lines? Maybe another player will wind up on a game show or something this week. Who knows.
- You can count on more draft profiles and the beginning of our yearbook posts at AllGBP.com.
- Topics I might write about at AllGBP.com if I can find the time: The Packers RB situation and more background on WRs Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel.
Non-Packers Thought of the Week
If any AllGBP.com readers are political junkies like me, then you’ve probably already pre-ordered The Passage of Power, the fourth volume in Robert Caro’s brilliant biography on Lyndon Johnson. If you’ve never read any of Caro’s work, you’re missing out.
There’s really no way to give justice to Caro’s work in a paragraph or two, so I won’t even bother trying. The release date for the latest installment in this mesmerizing series can’t get there fast enough.
If you care about history, journalism, great writing and amazing storytelling, check out Caro’s work.——————