Rex Ryan says he’s never condoned or coached bounties

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The news that Gregg Williams oversaw a program of paying bounties to players during his time as defensive coordinator of the Saints has led to renewed discussion of Williams’ mentor Buddy Ryan, who was at times accused of similar tactics during his long coaching career.

But Buddy’s son, Jets coach Rex Ryan, says he opposes the practice of using bounties to motivate players to hit or injure opponents.

“This is something that is being handled by the NFL office,” Ryan said in a statement released by the Jets, via the New York Daily News. “I’ve never condoned it and I’ve never coached it.”

In 1989, Jimmy Johnson (then the Cowboys’ head coach) accused Buddy Ryan (then the Eagles’ head coach) of offering $200 to any player who could knock Cowboys kicker Luis Zendejas out of the game and $500 to any player who could knock Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman out of the game.

“Having bounties on opposing players is not the way it’s supposed to be done,” Johnson said afterward. “I would have said something to Buddy, but he wouldn’t stand on the field long enough. He put his big, fat rear end into the dressing room.”

The NFL was different in those days, and the league office mostly looked the other way regarding Buddy Ryan’s bounties. Suffice to say, the league office is not looking the other way this time around.

52 responses to “Rex Ryan says he’s never condoned or coached bounties

  1. Why is Rex Ryan’s name being attached to this? I understand the need to fart out content every seven seconds in this depraved media environment, but come on. At least report on something that actually occurred, and can be substantiated in some way.

  2. Who the heck cares what Rexy thinks about bounties? First thing you know he’ll be talking about what we should do with Iran and Rush Limbaugh.

    He needs to disappear for awhile and give us all a break.

  3. If you want to go into the history of bounty hunting in the NFL, take a look at Forrest Gregg the coach of the Packers. He put some guy off the street on the roster for the specific purpose of injuring Jim McMahon the Bears QB. The guy hit him long after the play was over for the sole purpose of injuring him. In fact, he as I recall, had McMahon’ number written on his towel. Probably along with Walter Peyton’s.

  4. Maybe he should promise to do it in the future. That way, we know it’ll never happen.

  5. Its crazy how far these people take it just to win. To the point of injuring a player. You would think there is more to life huh? Guess winning the right way isn’t good enough anymore.

  6. claydefayette, are you telling me you wouldn’t feel some satisfaction knocking out Tony Romo, Rex Grossman or whichever Chad is QB in Miami? If you were an LB and had a chance to drill Chadwick C. Chaddington I bet you’d feel pretty satisfied about it.

  7. Because right when i heard the news i thought “i wonder what rex ryan has to say about this”

  8. zeke2517 says:
    Mar 3, 2012 8:09 PM

    Why is Rex Ryan’s name being attached to this? I understand the need to fart out content every seven seconds in this depraved media environment, but come on. At least report on something that actually occurred, and can be substantiated in some way.

    Ever thought to know who his dad was?

  9. Jimmy was asked about bounties on Twitter this morning and said it’s been happening for many years by lots of teams and the media is blowing it out of proportion.

    Go there and read it if you want info unfiltered.

  10. Who cares? UFC gives bonuses for the best knockout of the night. I’m getting sick of the NFL and how soft they’re getting.

  11. But lining up a bunch of inactive players on the sidelines while your assistant coach goes knee to knee with the other teams flyer is no problem?

  12. That’s funny because I thought early on in an interview when he was first the Jet’s coach he said something like “you take one of our guys out and we will take to of yours out”. This was in an ESPN interview right after he was hired to the Jets. One of the reasons I can’t believe everyone is hyperventilating over the issue.

  13. Rex’s bounty program never quite caught on because the players weren’t thrilled about the foot massage rewards.

  14. Do people really believe this is isolated to one team?

    I am sure the Packers and the Bears , have had bounties on their heads in every game they play against each other.

    Do you think the Raiders did not have them?

  15. I am shocked Rex Ryan is the first active NFL head coach to publicly comment on this. He’s just not that talkative of a guy…..this seems very much out of character.

  16. Why is it when a player gets fined $10-20K everyone says its chump change, and that fine will never stop illegal hits, but now $10K is all of a sudden a huge amount of money being paid for bounties?

  17. I wonder if the Falcons gave Dunta a bounty to knock two of the Eagles wide receivers out the last 2 years.

  18. Your not relevant Rex. Shut up and collect your money because you will be jobless next year.Oh yea and
    the jets suck.

  19. His daddy was the worst at this and should have been banned from the league for what his guy did to the Cowboys kicker! I saw that game and play and i wish that guy would have got his punk ass stopped for it. There is nothing yet coaching from the Ryan family that isn’t SCUMB!!!

  20. the reason rex is attached to this story, is the same reason rob should be attached to it, they’re buddy ryan’s sons, and buddy was gregg william’s mentor

    do some of you people not understand that?

    i’m not saying rob or rex have or had a bounty system, but if their dad did…..then it’s natural to think they’d have one as well

  21. Chances are he released a statement because the NY media hounds were clamouring for comment.

  22. Rex’s daddy Buddy was rumored to have had a bounty or two when he coached the Eagles…did I say that? Naw, the NFL is perfect(snicker).

  23. That fat slob should remain silent. He of the tripping sideline wall of coaches and players. Like father like son. Predict another superbowl win. Just not the Jets!

  24. So when he guarantees a Super Bowl and it doesn’t happen, he’s wrong.

    When he says he isn’t condoning and coached bounties, he must be paying them out of pocket…

  25. Come on lets give rex a break he was half right this year when he said the NY Jets would win the super bowl
    He got the NY part right

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