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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.

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52 Responses to “Rex Ryan says he’s never condoned or coached bounties”
  1. 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.

  2. barkerwoofer says: Mar 3, 2012 8:10 PM

    Good to know he’s not winning championships in a fair way!

  3. thegonz13 says: Mar 3, 2012 8:11 PM

    Right Rex. All of a sudden, everyone is as pure as snow!

  4. firstpitchslam says: Mar 3, 2012 8:15 PM

    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.

  5. claydefayette says: Mar 3, 2012 8:17 PM

    Who knows if Rex is or is not being truthful but I’m pretty sure of this: Ray Lewis knocks people out for personal satisfaction.

  6. orcheon says: Mar 3, 2012 8:24 PM

    Can he guarantee it?

  7. raven540 says: Mar 3, 2012 8:24 PM

    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.

  8. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Mar 3, 2012 8:25 PM

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

  9. freemantowilliams says: Mar 3, 2012 8:25 PM

    I knew you would open your fat loud mouth. I just knew it.

  10. nationalmediacansuckit says: Mar 3, 2012 8:27 PM

    Thank goodness, now I can sleep.

  11. matthewcarlson1 says: Mar 3, 2012 8:28 PM

    The best thing Rex could do is be quiet.

  12. djbleedthestar says: Mar 3, 2012 8:28 PM

    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.

  13. skito13 says: Mar 3, 2012 8:30 PM

    He was also guaranteed a super bowl too…..

  14. thepowerofgreen says: Mar 3, 2012 8:30 PM

    Rex is class act…and a good man

  15. r502 says: Mar 3, 2012 8:33 PM

    Rex would need the kind of players that could actually knock someone out of the game to run a bounty system.

  16. canetic says: Mar 3, 2012 8:33 PM

    Everything Rex says is true. Always.

  17. mcjon22 says: Mar 3, 2012 8:36 PM

    However, tripping defenseless players from the sideline is another story

  18. drblinky says: Mar 3, 2012 8:40 PM

    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.

  19. rosalindavenue says: Mar 3, 2012 8:40 PM

    He’d pay a big bounty for some foot action, or for hot pockets.

  20. armchairqb says: Mar 3, 2012 8:41 PM

    Rex Ryan condones eating several pizzas in one sitting.

  21. steviekthr3e says: Mar 3, 2012 8:42 PM

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

  22. phillyphever says: Mar 3, 2012 8:43 PM

    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?

  23. roamingabriel says: Mar 3, 2012 8:44 PM

    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.

  24. imasturbate says: Mar 3, 2012 8:47 PM

    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.

  25. tom35mt says: Mar 3, 2012 8:51 PM

    Rex Ryan is gonna in an Adam Sandler movie…
    that is all

  26. purplepeter says: Mar 3, 2012 8:51 PM

    Maybe he only gave bounties to his coaching staff. Sal Alosi – Trip gate. ring any bell?

  27. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Mar 3, 2012 9:05 PM

    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?

  28. Stiller43 says: Mar 3, 2012 9:05 PM

    Nobody cares about bounties. Its not like they were cheating like the patriots.

  29. glazerh8er says: Mar 3, 2012 9:06 PM

    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.

  30. caseyanthonymunoz says: Mar 3, 2012 9:07 PM

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

  31. silverhornet says: Mar 3, 2012 9:21 PM

    Okay, I can understand him being asked the question but does he feel the need to RELEASE A STATEMENT?

  32. packerman1968 says: Mar 3, 2012 9:45 PM

    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?

  33. nflfollower says: Mar 3, 2012 9:55 PM

    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.

  34. hendawg21 says: Mar 3, 2012 10:00 PM

    He and the Ms’s have a bounty on feet…

  35. mhohmann says: Mar 3, 2012 10:04 PM

    i have heard the pic of bloodied eli was the cover of the jets playbook

  36. bobby4413 says: Mar 3, 2012 10:07 PM

    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?

  37. mjkelly77 says: Mar 3, 2012 10:08 PM

    Sexy Rexy only puts bounties on feet.

  38. dolphins4 says: Mar 3, 2012 10:25 PM

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

  39. billybatty says: Mar 3, 2012 10:27 PM

    How bout a bounty on rex

  40. mschurm1 says: Mar 4, 2012 12:00 AM

    Maybe it’s me but it seems like Rex Ryan is part of every story.

  41. dolphinatic13 says: Mar 4, 2012 12:57 AM

    The other thing Rex has never condoned is a visit to the salad bar…

  42. hnrqoliv says: Mar 4, 2012 12:58 AM

    No, he’s going to say he condones bounties… right…

  43. twmp420 says: Mar 4, 2012 1:49 AM

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

  44. mrslay1 says: Mar 4, 2012 2:31 AM

    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!!!

  45. jcdavey2011 says: Mar 4, 2012 3:54 AM

    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

  46. IainRWB says: Mar 4, 2012 4:55 AM

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

  47. mikebe1 says: Mar 4, 2012 6:11 AM

    Yea right rex

  48. craigsimsrules says: Mar 4, 2012 6:34 AM

    The only thing Rex condones is the use of feet and eating way too much food. Please shut this moron up, no one cares

  49. hodag54501 says: Mar 4, 2012 7:37 AM

    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).

  50. slipkid5 says: Mar 4, 2012 7:40 AM

    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!

  51. descendency says: Mar 4, 2012 8:12 AM

    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…

  52. bigbluefan1 says: Mar 4, 2012 9:48 AM

    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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