With the news of Gregg Williams and the New Orleans Saints operating a staff-supported bounty system, news has also spread that Williams may have employed a similar program all throughout his tenure in the NFL as a defensive coordinator, including his time with the Washington Redskins.
If that's the case, it happened unbeknownst to Joe Gibbs, the former Redskins head coach told the Washington Post. "Just let me say this: I'm not aware of anything like this when I was coaching there," Gibbs said in a phone interview with the newspaper. "I would never ask a player to hurt another player. Never."
While it's hard to imagine that a head coach could be unaware of a bounty system going on, it's also not really a new thing. What makes what the Saints did so egregious was the whole coaching staff being on board and encouraging it. Gibbs also told the Post that if he had known about the system while Williams was his defensive coordinator, he'd have stopped it.