Fred Smoot comes to Gregg Williams’ defense

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Former NFL cornerback Fred Smoot played two seasons under Gregg Williams in Washington, when Williams was the Redskins’ assistant head coach/defense. Williams has come under fire for a bounty scandal that allegedly extended back as far as his time in D.C.

But Smoot has Williams’ back.

“We started a pot as a defensive backfield of who could get the most forced fumbles, who could get the most interceptions,” Smoot explained to 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. “It was never a bounty. … Gregg never put in a dime. Gregg never came in and said do this, or do that. We did that ourselves as a way to kind of pump each other up to go make more plays.”

The Redskins’ under-the-table monetary system, as explained by Smoot, still violated NFL rules. Smoot simply says there was never an intention of injuring opponents.

“He never coached dirty football,” said Smoot. “… I never saw anyone paid for knocking someone out of the game. Did we, as players, put in pots to make plays, what we called ‘big splash plays?’ We did that. Players.”

30 responses to “Fred Smoot comes to Gregg Williams’ defense

  1. Fred has always been great at denying.

    The Love Boat Scandal in which he ran he denied that as well.

    Look Fred your bounty program at Wash according to you is nothing like the bounty program told by other players telling the truth the was ran at New Orleans.

    Maybe you and Darren Sharper should just not say anything until all the people telling the truth get done speaking.

  2. Holy smokes. Never in a million years would I have guessed Fred Smoot would do the best job defending Williams. I’m sure there were bounties for knocking guys out. But I guarantee there are pots for picks, fumbles, etc in at least half of these franchises locker rooms. To me, a pot for forcing turnovers isn’t bad – but a bounty to knock someone out of the game crosses the line in a huge way. It’s also ridiculous that guys making millions of dollars need a couple thousand dollars more to go out an give their best effort. What a joke.

  3. *Raises glass* To the party boat master himself, ladies and gentleman, MR. Fred Smoot.

  4. Might be true, but as Williams’ skill-set diminished and he could no longer come up with a winning scheme, he had to get more creative in the ways he motivated his players and thus prolong his NFL career.

    I’m really hoping he doesn’t miss the entire season with the Rams; his defense weren’t very good with the injury bounties, I can’t wait to see his defense without it.

  5. Agreed.. Is this the NFL or a touch league?? Possibly trying to turn this ALWAYS been violent game into a political NCAA badminton circuit. Please get a grip, I am tired of players acting like best buddies during the game, from snap 2 whistle they should be trying to hit or b hit….

  6. Smoot was never a part of it because ol’ Fragile Fred was too scared to actually hit anyone…

  7. For Smoot to collect on a bounty to injure, he’d have to actually tackle someone. Poor Fred never made a dime from the “big splash play” pool, not exactly the guy I’d say “Ok, well Fred Smoot says it doesn’t happen, so it must not have happened”. Comical…

  8. Fred didn’t know about the bounties because you have to be able to actually tackle in order to hurt someone. In Gregg Williams eyes he was viewed as “No Loot” Smoot

  9. I guess defending a coach from his couch is about all he can do. He sure couldn’t defend a receiver on the field. Even in Madden. Now that’s pretty pathetic.

  10. I don’t know how far back you people go, but Fred Smoot was and is the most worthless tackler in the entire history of all of football. Fred Smoot was always out of the room when they talked about bounty hunting because he was such a bad tackler. Fred Smoot made Deion Sanders tackling abilities look like Dick Butkus………….Fred wasn’t so great at covering receivers either!!!

  11. Smoot doesn’t know anything about “bounties” because he was never invited into the pool. You have to be able to play defense and willing to actually hit and tackle someone and the teams Smootie played on knew he dispised contact so why even bother asking him to be in the pool.

  12. “We started a pot as a defensive backfield of who could get the most forced fumbles, who could get the most interceptions,” Smoot explained to 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. “It was never a bounty. … Gregg never put in a dime. Gregg never came in and said do this, or do that. We did that ourselves as a way to kind of pump each other up to go make more plays.”

    This is like a teenager walking in on the middle of a movie. Always know what they’re talking about and being completely off base.

    Hey Smoot, Yes You, Smoot. Smoot! Read this one right here Smoot!:

    They aren’t talking about that. Former defensive players that were on your Redskins team have come out and said that in private it was conveyed that specifically injuring a player will earn you pocket cash. Specifically Injuring a Player. Williams Told Other Players This To Their Faces.

    Smoot, there is Nothing wrong with being a good guy. But don’t assume everyone is a good guy when the people you are defending have come out and very clearly explained to the media that it happened.

    Nobody cares about money earned from forcing fumbles or getting interceptions. How could they? Why would the league investigate that? How stupid are you Smoot?

  13. If Fred Smoot had spent less time talking about himself and maybe got into the weight room, he could have lasted in the NFL. When 8th graders can outlift an NFL player, you know that guy ain’t staying in the league that long.

  14. I gotta say its nice to hear all these former players names again.

    I feel like I popped in a copy of madden ’03

  15. all this from the guy who upon signing his first free agent contract (big money) informed people how he was gonna take his mom to sizzler

  16. Good job, Smoot! Glad to hear ONE guy not singing like a canary!!! All these Matt Bowen Sammy the Bull guys ratting out Williams for something they willingly participated in and AGREED with each other to keep quiet about!!

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