Filth keeps piling on Gregg Williams and his bounty scheme. While he was punished for his bounties with the Saints, stories from past players quickly revealed that his payments to injure the opposition went far beyond Williams’ time in New Orleans.
Now we have more dirt that stems from Williams’ days as the Redskins’ defensive coordinator courtesy of David Elfin from the CBS affiliate in Washington. An anonymous former Redskins defensive player shared yet another bounty story, and this time the target was former Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson during the opening game of the 2006 season.
“Gregg came in and dropped $15,000 on the (table) and said, ‘Brad Johnson doesn’t finish this game. This is Wednesday and the money will go up later in the week. It could double or triple by the end of the week,’.”
“A couple of guys kinda got excited. (Defensive line coach) Greg Blache said, ‘If you get fined, it will be taken care of.’”
A second player Elfin spoke to couldn’t verify the exact words, but he vividly remembered the message Williams sent. What’s telling is that the coach’s conduct wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.
“I can’t say for sure that those were G-Dub’s exact words about Brad Johnson, but that was certainly the message. I had never heard anything like that before from a coach, but I wasn’t shocked because that was G-Dub’s character, so in your face. His language was always X-rated and our meetings were usually pretty nuts.”
The veteran player insisted that Williams’ theatrics were never taken very seriously, and that the players just “wanted to go out and play hard.” That’s swell, but in this case the result of Williams’ actions isn’t as important as the mere existence of those actions.
The only damning evidence needed is the fact that in Williams’ mind prior to that game, he was hiring 11 hitmen with his $15,000 to ensure that Johnson didn’t make it through a game.