Former Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams ran a cash bounty program during his tenure with the team from 2004-2007, according to a Washington Post report that cites several anonymous players who played for Williams and one of his former assistants.
Players and the assistant painted a clear picture of a pay-for-performance program that put a premium on vicious hits and knocking opponents out of the game. It is similar to the program Williams ran as New Orleans’ defensive coordinator after leaving Washington. Williams and the Saints’ bounty program were the subject of a league investigation publicized Friday, and punishment is pending.
Joe Gibbs, who was the Redskins’ head coach when Williams was their defensive coordinator, denied any knowledge of a bounty program, according to a Post report. Williams’ Redskin defenses ranked in the top 10 in every year except 2006.
A league spokesman did not immediately respond to an inquiry regarding any possible penalties the Redskins might face.