Gregg Williams stands accused of running a pay-for-performance program, offering bounties to his players for injuring opponents, as defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints, as well as during his time with the Washington Redskins. For now, those appear to be only two franchises to levy bounties on Williams' watch.
Two sources denied to the Florida Times-Union that the Jacksonville Jaguars ran a bounty program under Williams' one season with the team (2008), and former safety Blaine Bishop told The Tennessean that no such bonuses were in place during his tenure with the Tennessee Titans. (hat-tip: NFL.com)
Bishop's stance runs counter to that of former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy, who said he believes the Titans put out a hit for Peyton Manning under his tenure. It should be pointed out that Williams was not with the Titans when Dungy coached the Colts, having left the program after the 2000 season. Williams arguably could have created a culture that pervaded through the beginning of Dungy's tenure with Indianapolis in 2002, however.
"I am not going to call him (Dungy) a liar, but we never had any bounties when I played, I know that," Bishop said. "Gregg never had any bounties. If we did, I never got paid. But the truth is we never had them. It didn't happen with the Titans when I was there, so it didn't happen when Gregg was there. I don't know what Coach Dungy is referring to. Maybe he is getting confused with when Gregg was with the Bills, or maybe the Redskins? I don't know."
Bishop did say he believes Williams should be punished.
"Gregg should be fined, punished, whatever the league thinks," Bishop said. "I don't condone it, and I just don't think it's right. But I know we never had any bounties when I played in Tennessee. So what Coach Dungy is referring to, I don't know."
Williams joined the St. Louis Rams as defensive coordinator for the 2012 season. He had been with the Saints since 2009.