I could go into a lot of detail on how I feel about this bounty thing but I think my thoughts are really simple. I am disgusted by this but at the same time, I am not surprised at all at any of the findings.
There are several illegal things that are being done with a bounty. It’s a lot of contract issues that are violated and most importantly, it’s going against the league’s attempt to promote player safety. Paying players under the table to hurt others intentionally just sounds wrong.
But I don’t think the Saints are the only team that does this — they are the only ones that got caught. When on the field, the goal for the defense to is to tackle and hurt the opposition.If their play ends up hurting a player, then that’s what happens. That’s normal in football.
I guess what disturbs people is that these players are getting paid extra to hit extra hard. Coaches telling players to tackle hard is normal. But paying them to go out and intentionally injure instead of tackle, that’s the problem
Roger Goodell should at least dock some draft picks and possibly suspend some coaches involved. But there shouldn’t be more punishment than that. It’s a sad discovery, but it’s not that unusual.