NFL Notes: Gibbs dragged into scandal

Coaching legend Joe Gibbs admits he rewarded players for outstanding plays when he was in...

Coaching legend Joe Gibbs admits he rewarded players for outstanding plays when he was in Washington, but not for intentionally injuring opponents. (REUTERS)

Bill Lankhof, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:29 PM ET

The bounty scandal is spreading.

A former member of the Redskins said head coach Joe Gibbs had to know that his defensive coordinator Gregg Williams used a similar system in Washington than he did with the Saints.

Former Redskins offensive lineman George Starke told the Washington Post. “Of course he knew.”

Starke explained when he played with the team in the 1980s. “After the game, Joe Gibbs would come in, he’d have a fistful of $100 bills,” Starke said. “And if Dexter knocked the quarterback down three times, he would get three hundred-dollar bills. And Joe would pass the money out in the meeting.”

Gibbs admitted he did so but that the money wasn’t handed out for injuring players. “In my first stint coaching the Redskins, we did have an incentive program in place to recognize the guys for outstanding plays made within the rules of the game,” Gibbs said. “We had all kinds of incentives, including dinners at local restaurants, radios, the chance to sit in a lazy-boy recliner during team meetings and cash rewards.”

Williams took the motivational tool too far but teams have been doing similar things for decades. Starke explained how football players think:

“Of course you’ve got to knock them out. We’re paid to knock them out. You’ve got to remember, it’s not until very recently that this whole brain stuff has come up, so really, I’m not sure today if the players today look at that the same. But you have to understand, knocking someone out, it’s like being a boxer. You’re job is to knock the guy out.”

THE VICK FAMILY'S PROS AND CONS

Marcus Vick like older brother, Michael, before him, is now enjoying the hospitality of the government. Marcus is locked up for a contempt charge after failing twice to show up on a driving with a suspended licence charge.

When he’s done that 10-day sentence, there’s another arrest warrant waiting, for contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with a relationship he had with an under-age girl while he was a quarterback at Virginia Tech.

To bring this episode of Fast Cars, Fast Women & Dim Men to conclusion, Marcus was initially served papers in the delinquency lawsuit at Michael’s birthday party, the same party where, 90 minutes later, Michael’s friend and dogfighting co-defendant, Quanis Phillips, was shot.

Life in the Vick family certainly has its share of pros and cons.

BEARS GIVE HANIE THE BOOT

The Chicago Bears have seen enough of Caleb Hanie. Too much, actually.

The quarterback struggled in four consecutive losses that scuttled the Bears’ promising season. Of course, it didn’t help Hanie that without Matt Forte he didn’t have a running attack, or that his offensive line had wider gaps than Donald Trump’s combover.

In the end, Hanie didn’t help himself with nine interceptions. He becomes a free agent soon and reports indicate the Bears won’t attempt to re-sign him looking, instead, for a more experienced backup for Jay Cutler.

Josh McCown may get another look although the team is expected to prefer someone like Rex Grossman or Chad Henne if they become available.

MOSS IMPRESSIVE IN WORKOUTS

It appears there’s still life in Randy Moss’ 35-year-old legs.

After announcing on his birthday that he wanted to come out of retirement, Moss is starting to draw some interest.

Fox Sports reports that Moss ran about 45 routes in a workout this week and impressed the Saints. Moss is expected to work out for two other teams this week. Meantime, the 49ers are also not discounting the possibility of signing him.

New Orleans may be in the market for a receiver with Marques Colston and Robert Meachem entering free agency. “Randy had an outstanding workout, as expected,” his agent Joel Segal said. “He’s in phenomenal shape.”

But, then, what could anyone expect an agent to say. Moss could’ve tripped over his own shoelaces and Segal is likely to have pointed out how Moss’ dexterity allowed him to step on those tiny things, where someone else wouldn’t even have gotten close. Or something.

Anyway, Moss’ 153 touchdown receptions are tied with Terrell Owens for second on the career list. He’s fifth all-time in yards and ninth in receptions. His 29 touchdowns of at least 50 yards are behind only Jerry Rice (36). To which 49ers GM Trent Baalke said, “We’re going to take a look at all our options. We’re not going to rule anybody out.”

WHERE’S MARIO?

Mario Manningham said at the release of a DVS commemorating the Super Bowl that he wants to stay with the Giants. “I want to be here,” Manningham said. “Because I feel like we can do a lot of damage in these next four to five years. We are all young. It is not up to me. I want to stay.”

But money speaks louder than words and Manningham admits there has been no progress in contract talks.

When he said last month that he was 75% certain he would sign elsewhere, chances are he was 75% correct.

A BIG FISH

Reggie Wayne could end up playing in his own backyard, or at least the closest thing possible to it.

While the Miami Dolphins are just one of numerous suitors for Peyton Manning, they could have an inside line on landing Manning’s long-time receiving partner.

Wayne played for the Miami Hurricanes and still has a home in Florida. The Colts meanwhile have shown no inclination to offer the free agent another contract.

Pairing Wayne with Brandon Marshall would make an interesting duo.

QUICK HITS

The Chargers may take a run at Mario Williams ... If Cory Redding, a starter on the Ravens’ defensive line the past two seasons, leaves as a free agent, look for Arthur Jones and Pernell McPhee to get expanded roles ... The agent for receiver Pierre Garcon said talks with the Colts have not shown “enough movement” ... The Broncos are taking a long look at Alabama corner Dre Kirkpatrick ... The Eagles have interest in linebacker Stephen Tulloch ... Detroit’s running back situation is taking an upturn. Jahvid Best has been given permission to return to workouts after a concussion limited him to six games ... Mikel Leshoure is running again after a torn Achilles ended his rookie season before it started last August.

 


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