PALM BEACH, Fla. | Coach Mike Shanahan isn’t worried the NFL might discipline the Redskins for any illegal non-contract bonus payment program that might have existed under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, he said Wednesday morning.
However, Shanahan acknowledged that sanctions are possible, as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell vowed Monday to continue the league’s investigation of bounty programs.
Williams is suspended indefinitely from the NFL because he ran a bounty program while serving as the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, his employer from 2008 through 2011.
He served as the Redskins’ defensive coordinator from 2004-2007. Five players and one former assistant coach told the Washington Post last month that Williams ran a non-contract bonus payment program while in Washington. Former Redskins safety Matt Bowen detailed the program in a piece he wrote for the Chicago Tribune.
It would be up to the league to distinguish between such an illegal bonus payment system and an illegal ‘bounty’ system that rewarded injuring opponents, and then determine any penalties.
“They’ve got to go through the process,” Shanahan said. “You go back through every place that somebody has been. You know exactly what happened.”
The NFL has interviewed Redskins director of player development Phillip Daniels, who played for the Redskins during Williams’ tenure, Shanahan said.
“I think Phillip Daniels’ quote was best,” Shanahan said, ‘He said, ‘I was at every meeting – every meeting – and I can guarantee you nothing like that went on.’ That’s a guy that was in all those meetings. That’s about all I can say about it.”