In an interview with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro on ESPN 980's "The Sports Fix" on Monday afternoon, former Redskins corner back Fred Smoot responded to the allegations against former Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, that his bounty system was in place in Washington. His contention is that the players pooled money together and that it was never organized by the coaches.
Fred Smoot on @Espn980: "We put up pots to make great plays. Never to injure anyone. This was a player-to-player thing."— HogsHaven.com (@HogsHaven) March 5, 2012
More Fred Smoot on @espnradio980: "It was incentive to be physical. The most physical team wins....the game is changing."— HogsHaven.com (@HogsHaven) March 5, 2012
More Fred Smoot on @espnradio980: "It's like going to war and trying to make it clean."
— HogsHaven.com (@HogsHaven) March 5, 2012
Smoot's statements seem to go against the reports that this alleged bounty system was in place in Wiliams' time in Washington. His last statement also seems to identify the tight rope that the NFL is walking when it comes to player safety. Yes the league does want to make the game safer for players, but at the same time they run the risk of completely eliminating the physical aspect of the game which is a huge part of football in general.
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