Re: Brees is a s c u m b a g
posted at 3/22/2012 10:04 AM EDT
In Response to Brees is a s c u m b a g
[QUOTE]First: Denies any knowledge of any supposed bountygate, this well after Williams' ommission. Apparently the franchise QB, face of the team, team Captain didn't know what the GM, Owner, head Coach, D Coordinator, LBs coach, and at least 25 other players knew. "I did not participate in any bounty program, nor did I have any knowledge relating to its real existence," Brees said. "I have spent the last several years as an Executive Committee Member of the NFLPA making health and safety a priority and I am proud of the advancements we've made and will continue to make. "We are all working diligently to find the truth in this matter and if the facts prove there was improper behavior, we will hold ourselves accountable. Until that time, we will stand together and remain united as an organization." Second: The punishment comes down, and he states, about his coach, via twitter: "I am speechless. Sean Payton is a great man, coach, and mentor. The best there is. I need to hear an explanation for this punishment" Well, you got your explanation, that great coach, mentor, and MAN willingly contributed to a disgusting practice. Great message to send. Greg Williams, he of the worst punishment, is the only one, to me, who deserves the slightest bit of leniency, at least he has been forthright and honest since it broke. No excuses, no defense, just apology after apology, as it should be. Brees, he should be ashamed and immediately removed from any Exec Board Committee seat he may hold. What a fraud. He's venturing to Tiger Woods territory in my eyes: the image he's built up is a sham.
Posted by ma6dragon9[/QUOTE]
You're right...Brees is lying about not knowing what went on. But, referring to him as an s...bag is going a bit too far.
Though Roger Goodell was right in handing down heavy punishments in this case, bounties have been going on in football pretty much since the game was created. Teams always shoot to knock out the opposing star players. Every time a player tackles a guy, the tackler wants to hit that player hard, in hopes of intimidating that player, or forcing a fumble.
If the player tackled is hurt by the tackle, it may nueter that player's effectiveness throughout the remainder of the game. For example, a hard hit may cause a WR to develop alligator arms while trying to catch a pass over the middle...or cause him to take his eyes off a pass, looking for the CB or LB waiting to spring on him. It may cause a QB to develop happy feet, and rush his throws, leading to interceptions. Hard hits are, and will remain, a part of the game.
The NFL will not be able to legislate hard hits from the game, without converting the sport of football into something else. Despite his heavy-handed punishment, things are not going to drastically change. There will always be unspoken bounties...just the reward factor (money) will be taken out of play.
All this talk about how the Saints 2009 championship might be "tainted" due to "Bounty-gate" is ridiculous. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, and Chicago Bears are examples of celebrated franchises who made their bones in the NFL through intimidation.