Buddy Ryan Reportedly Mum On Bounties; Jets’ Rex: No Program On My Watch
NEW YORK (WFAN) – Before “Bountygate,” there was the “Bounty Bowl.”
The infamous game between Philadelphia and Dallas is back in the sports pages, thanks to the NFL’s investigation into a big-money bounty program in New Orleans.
Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will meet with NFL officials in New York City on Monday, according to multiple reports. Williams has admitted to rewarding his players with cash for successfully knocking targeted opponents out of games, a program that has been in effect for the past three seasons.
“It was a terrible mistake,” he said in a statement Friday. “And we knew it was wrong while we were doing it.”
After a Thanksgiving Day clash in 1989, then-Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson accused Buddy Ryan of putting a bounty two of his players, kicker Luis Zendejas and quarterback Troy Aikman. Ryan’s Eagles won, 27-0.
“I haven’t been following (Bountygate) at all,” Ryan told Newsday. “Sorry, I can’t help you there. I’ve got to go feed my horses.”
Williams coached under Ryan in 1993 while with the Houston Oilers.
Buddy’s son, Jets head coach Rex Ryan, said Saturday he’s never coached a bounty system or ordered his players to knock out an opponent.
“This is something that is being handled by the NFL office,” Ryan said in a statement. “I’ve never condoned it and I’ve never coached it.”
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