Today on the Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner, former Washington Redskins Dexter Manley and Joe Theismann shared their experiences dealing with bounties in the NFL.
Manley, linebacker for the Skins in 80’s, said he was paid by coach Joe Gibbs to make big plays, but never to knock another player of out the game. “No, it was not to take out another player, it [was] to make big plays, forced turnovers, yards per carry. It’s all those kind of incentives.”
However, Manley did say that other coaches in the NFL had bounty programs, including legends Buddy Ryan, Bill Walsh and Mike Ditka. Manley did not agree with such practices though. “I don’t believe in bounty programs, I just don’t think that’s a part of football.”
When former Redskins quarterback Theismann joined the show, he was asked if players crossed the line by letting secrets of the locker room out. “There is no sanctuary of the locker room anymore…You have to understand that doesn’t exist anymore. Loyalty to a team, loyalty to a teammate, loyalty to a coach…There have been bounties for years on guys, years. You never heard of it before. There were rumors, there were innuendos…Never to the extent of what we see right now.”
Theismann also said bounties in today’s game happen less often because of the high player salaries, but that commissioner Roger Goodell has a big decision regarding punishment for the Saints because of the emphasis on safety and concussions.
To Listen To Both Interviews Click Below: