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Dick Vermeil
Former Head Coach

Dick Vermeil

Has won the Super Bowl, the Rose Bowl and multiple coaching accolades.

No Place for Bounties


First off, I'm sure that bounties have happened, but I've never been involved in one personally. That doesn't stop players from doing it, I've heard about, and it has happened but it's very rare.

Let me also stress though that there's no place in football for that kind of behavior. I don't think it's a problem because it is so rare, but Commissioner Roger Goodell should step in big time if an organization is caught doing that. But the only instance of that kind of thing, that I can remember, is Buddy Ryan back in the 80's.

The reason it is so rare I think, is because the coaching ethics are above it. The NFL has the 32 best coaches in the world and their values and ethics are beyond that level where they would get involved with setting bounties on other player's heads.

Additionally in any football game you have to do so much more than just stop one player -- even an impact player, like a LaDainian Tomlinson or a Kurt Warner. To shut them down you have to disrupt their offensive lines, and win the battle at the line of scrimmage. If you can do that you can win games, and that's what football is about -- winning the game and playing well within the rules.

By Dick Vermeil  |  October 24, 2008; 12:59 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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