VIDEO: Saints Bounty Program Is Starting To Make More Sense

Hindsight is 20/20 but looking back on what we've seen and heard the NFL's investigation of the New Orleans makes more sense. The NFL's investigation showed that some Saints players had a bounty program that rewarded them for injuring other players. The practice when on under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams from 2009-11.

In an article from the New Orleans Times-Picayune back in September 2010, then-Vikings head coach Brad Childress is asked about Williams and his defenses.

In last year's NFC championship game the Saints were fined a total of $30,000 for four different hits on Vikings players, including three that were delivered to quarterback Brett Favre. The Saints also were flagged three times for personal foul penalties.

Childress said he definitely wonders if the Saints were intentionally trying to injure his players in that game.

"Yes, I would have to say that, yes," he said.

The NFL's statement of the Saints investigation said that they started investigating the Saints in 2010 after allegations of them injuring quarterbacks had come out, including guys like Brett Favre and Kurt Warner. Favre was hit hard by the Saints defense in that 2009 NFC Championship game.

Warner was blasted after he threw an interception in a 2010 game against the Saints.

Not everyone on the Saints is guilty and we don't know all the players that were involved but it starts to make you wonder about all the players injured against the Saints in the last three years. It also makes you do a double-take at some of the hits you've seen from their defense, like this one from Malcolm Jenkins:


Plenty of hits will be scrutinized in the coming weeks and the Saints will be heavily criticized and disciplined by the league.

Check out all the details of the investigation here. Visit SB Nation's Saints blog, Canal Street Chronicles.

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