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Eli calls bounties “a big deal,” says Goodell will make sure they stop

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning has weighed in on the Saints’ bounty scandal.

Manning, who was on the receiving end of a roughing the passer penalty when the Giants played the Saints last season, said Monday that he’s concerned about the stories that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams bounties to players for knocking opponents out of games.

Obviously it is a big deal, what’s going on,” Manning told the New York Post. “It’s not good for football and can’t be a part of football.”

Manning said he’s confident that the league office will put an end to bounties around the league.

“I know Roger Goodell will do a good job figuring all this out and making sure this doesn’t happen again,” he said.

Although Manning realizes that every team, including the Giants, talks about hitting the quarterback, he said he draws the line at trying to take the quarterback out of the game.

“When you start talking about injuring a guy and carting him off and trying to end his season or career, that’s not what this game is about,” Manning said. “I think we should have more respect for the game than that. It can’t be a part of football.”

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  1. joetoronto says: Mar 6, 2012 7:03 AM

    “I think we should have more respect for the game than that. It can’t be a part of football.”

    Exactly, and respect for your fellow player, or “brother”, as the union would say.

  2. giantsmetsfan says: Mar 6, 2012 7:08 AM

    Well said Eli…the only team I feel that hitting the QB for injury is necessary would be the Eagles. For all the smack that is talked from Philfy-Delphia I feel it is well deserved.

    Just remember some stats Eagles fans:

    NFC East Superbowl Victory Breakdown:

    Cowgirls- 5 Lombardi Trophies
    Giants- 4 Lombardi Trophies
    Redskins- 3 Lombardi Trophies
    Eagles- Empty trophy case

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 6, 2012 7:09 AM

    Eli must’ve been shocked that someone asked him what he thinks about a subject so inversely related to him.

  4. steelerhypocrite says: Mar 6, 2012 7:16 AM

    Uh Oh, little Eli spoke. I guess Roger might make a big deal out of this because it has the attention of a NY Team (probably because they didn’t think of it first).

    For what it’s worth, G. Williams should be banned for life and Payton should be suspended for 1 year.

  5. patcheatiots says: Mar 6, 2012 7:22 AM

    Ya … It will stop . Just Like McDaniel Stopped in Denver with Spygate…

    Now He has to deal with McVideo back in the Kraft Den….

    Good Luck

  6. thesaint257 says: Mar 6, 2012 7:27 AM

    Eli speaking out with two rings now!
    Say it with ya Chest!

  7. xtb3 says: Mar 6, 2012 7:27 AM

    I bet on Favre’s Vikings that NFC Championship game. Think I can get my money back?

  8. ifyouthinkofgarbagethinkofakeem says: Mar 6, 2012 7:27 AM

    ELI, BRADY, Steve young, farve , Warner, etc… All yall are bunch of cry babies!! It’s football. It’s already a violent sport in a whole wide world. Players get their knee blown out without even getting tackled by another player. Players break their ankles just by running real hard, torn Achilles etc.
    Bounties in my opinion is just a tactic. It’s motivational to some players. Maybe they don’t need a thousand bucks here or ten grand
    But it’s just a way to get players active and productive.
    It’s not a big deal. I mean look at roethlesberger last year Michael Vick, Joe flacco, colt McCoy …I mean this players was knocked around the field all the time an get hit violently and they knew it’s part of the game. Stop it all ready. Bunch of cry babies.

  9. ifyouthinkofgarbagethinkofakeem says: Mar 6, 2012 7:32 AM

    Everyone in the NFL are targets of this so called bounty! Heck
    It’s not just qb it’s the linemen too, the punter the place kicker even the referees get hit on their crouch and it is not that big of a deal.

  10. bigbluefan1 says: Mar 6, 2012 7:47 AM

    Wow again with all the Eli hate you can all hate him till they give him that nice yellow jacket in Canton one day.

    This guy is a pro player and if someone takes him out due to a bounty he is unemployeed

    Think for a moment in your small meaningless lifes if someone made it so you could no longer work and there was no money suppporting you or your family?

    I have no idea why there is so much hate for Eli
    Is it because of the draft day deal get over it the Chargers thought they got the better part of that deal. We all know they did not but that is the business side of the game.

  11. whatigot8 says: Mar 6, 2012 7:51 AM

    Ha of course any post calling you guys out gets deleted. Perfect

  12. annes22 says: Mar 6, 2012 7:52 AM

    It’s one thing being knocked about the field, but getting “extra” in a pot for doing it, I don’t think so.
    That’s not what the game is all about. These guys get enough money, without having a “pot” in the locker room, for sending someone out of the game.
    I hope the people involved get suspensions, fines & draft picks taken away. Just wait for it, Gregg Williams is for the “high jump” and he deserves everything coming to him.

  13. crisisofinfinitephils says: Mar 6, 2012 7:52 AM

    @ifyouthinkofgarbagethinkofakeem

    It’s not a real strong argument when you pick two of the bigger crybabies at qb. Big Ben, especially early in his career, would blame losses on injuries. Not to mention him being butthurt that Haley hasn’t contacted him. Then there’s Vick who loves running when the play breaks down, but complains to the refs on the field when he gets a ‘late hit’ out of bounds. Eli got enhiliated throughout the playoffs and never missed a game or said a peep. In this case Eli was asked a direct question and he answered it. With both rings.

  14. dallassux says: Mar 6, 2012 7:56 AM

    giantsmetsfan says:
    Mar 6, 2012 7:08 AM
    Well said Eli…the only team I feel that hitting the QB for injury is necessary would be the Eagles. For all the smack that is talked from Philfy-Delphia I feel it is well deserved.

    Just remember some stats Eagles fans:

    NFC East Superbowl Victory Breakdown:

    Cowgirls- 5 Lombardi Trophies
    Giants- 4 Lombardi Trophies
    Redskins- 3 Lombardi Trophies
    Eagles- Empty trophy case

     ———————————————————————————-

    Just remember your a Mets fan. So I see you know how it feels.

  15. dlmcc1010 says: Mar 6, 2012 7:59 AM

    This is the last thing any of us need. Goodell is on a quest to turn this into a two hand touch league and this is just the kind of ammo he needs. Now anytime a player takes a rough hit theres going to be a witchhunt. The bounty thing is downright stupid. These guys are all warriors in the same struggle.

    None of them should be happy about intentionally injuring one another and ruining a mans career. People have families and most of these guys wouldnt know what to do with themselves if their career ended early. Bad job by the Saints on this one

  16. niquebchillin says: Mar 6, 2012 8:01 AM

    It’s only QB’s and ppl that never played sports who don’t agree wit us @akeem

  17. roadtrip3500 says: Mar 6, 2012 8:02 AM

    ifyouthinkofgarbagethinkofakeem says: Mar 6, 2012 7:27 AM

    ELI, BRADY, Steve young, farve , Warner, etc… All yall are bunch of cry babies!! It’s football.
    ——————————–
    Put yourself in it. You’re playing football in the park with some buddies against another bunch of guys. Unknown to you, the following conversation takes place:

    Opponent 1: I’ll give you a grand if you tear ifyouthinkofgarbage’s ACL.
    Opponent 2: You’re on.

    #2 drills you in the knee on the very next play. After you arrive at the ER with the torn ACL, your buddies come in and tell you about the $1000. Are you still thinking “it’s football”?

  18. kegrun says: Mar 6, 2012 8:11 AM

    While your at Eli… tell your defense to stop faking injuries to slow down the no huddle. That’s also not good for football.

  19. salmen76 says: Mar 6, 2012 8:12 AM

    Quit whining Eli. You’re just sour because the Saints handed you your a$$ last season in the Superdome. Hell you even whined about the team that drafted you. So that team, the chargers had to trade you off to the Giants where you wanted to be. Poor little baby. And your brother Peyton is a whiner too. He can’t even throw the football anymore. Probably from all those “remember me” shots he took in SB 44 from the Saints “Bounty Boys”! Ha Ha. The Saints single handedly retired Kurt Warner, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning in a row in route to our SB championship. That’s never been done before. The rest of the world just can’t take it so they concoct up some lame-brain story about bounties. Ha Ha. That’s funny. Bounty or no bounty the Saints will host and win the SB in New Orleans this season. Geaux Saints!

  20. east96st says: Mar 6, 2012 8:20 AM

    “Uh Oh, little Eli spoke.”

    “little Eli”? The guy’s net worth is north of $60 million and he has TWO Super Bowl MVPs. Please entertain all of us with a list of your “amazing” accomplishments.

  21. gmen1987 says: Mar 6, 2012 8:44 AM

    Count on the People’s Commisioner Roger Goodell to bring justice and round up the criminal elements of the NFL. Greatest sports commisioner in the history of mankind.

  22. njkid says: Mar 6, 2012 8:54 AM

    I still can’t understand all the Eli haters, Eli is the opitamy of a class act, his accomplishments speak for themselves. I guess you have to get arrested in the NFL to get looked up to.

  23. jackm79 says: Mar 6, 2012 8:56 AM

    Eli is the man!!!! All you clowns on here are just jealous. Your teams all suck. Jealousy is a terrible thing. Makes you all look like the cry babies that you are. ELI IS THE NEW FACE AND VOICE OF THE NFL!! Can’t wait for his 3rd, 4th, and 5th championships!!! Top of the World Baby!!! Go Blue!!!!

  24. randygnyc says: Mar 6, 2012 8:57 AM

    Ifyouthinkgarbage said “Bounties in my opinion is just a tactic. It’s motivational to some players. Maybe they don’t need a thousand bucks here or ten grand”

    Are you on welfare? You have no idea about inspiration. If you think these guys must need a few extra bucks to get motivated, then you must be one of the entitled generation. Multi-millionaires playing the game of football in front of friends, family and millions of fans should be enough.

  25. melikefootball says: Mar 6, 2012 9:00 AM

    The darlings of the south are getting bounced on by everyone now. Oh God-del you better make it a good one this time.

  26. hendawg21 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:08 AM

    This bounty crap has gotten way out of control…some of the best and NFL legal hits that have knocked players from games weren’t bounties…football is violent and physical by nature the big hit is the highlight of the game for the D and as long as it’s within the rules of the game…do you think LT had a bounty for Theismann when he snapped his leg? I don’t think so check out his reaction after the play…bottom line the offense plays to score and embarrass the defense and the defense plays aggressive and to inflict pain and fear on the offense this is the game and if there is no sure fire proof of dirty hits/play then just put an end to the whole bounty mess and lets move on.

  27. jonny42671 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:13 AM

    @salmen…….you really need to get a life. Unreal how nuts your comments are!! Your starting to make the Packer lady fan who choked her own daughter because the Packets lost, look good!

  28. rpiotr01 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:22 AM

    Eli continues to strengthen his grip on the “Least Interesting Player in the NFL” award.

  29. nunpuncher says: Mar 6, 2012 9:37 AM

    You guys better quit ragging on Eli or else Archie is going to put a bounty on YOU!

  30. newyorkfootballgiants24 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:47 AM

    Anyone that thinks this bounty situation isnt a big deal and is just used as motivation is just an inconsiterate piece of sh it. There is a difference between using money as motivation to make a clean play and using money as motivation to take someone out of the game by injuring them. Any player and or coach that was a part of this should be banned from the NFL. I love the big hard hits in the NFL but when your talking about injuring other players on purpose. Its just wrong and needs to be disciplined to the extreme.

  31. nebster21 says: Mar 6, 2012 9:48 AM

    Hey Eli. The Midgets have bounties as well. Might want to verify things before you comment.

  32. axespray says: Mar 6, 2012 9:49 AM

    people hate Eli cause he’s the real life mr.bean, accomplishes incredible things by bumbling around and not earning it… only it’s funny on film and annoying in real life when guys like Dan Marino/Jim Kelly can’t win superbowls, yet this doofus continues getting rings…
    nothing against the giants, they’ve got an awesome group of Pass Rushers.

  33. joetoronto says: Mar 6, 2012 9:50 AM

    The money is merely a token, with the worth of a parking stub.

    It’s actually ego and team driven, accomplish the personal and team goal as set out by the coach.

  34. jetfanfolife says: Mar 6, 2012 10:07 AM

    dallassux says:
    Mar 6, 2012 7:56 AM
    giantsmetsfan says:
    Mar 6, 2012 7:08 AM
    Well said Eli…the only team I feel that hitting the QB for injury is necessary would be the Eagles. For all the smack that is talked from Philfy-Delphia I feel it is well deserved.

    Just remember some stats Eagles fans:

    NFC East Superbowl Victory Breakdown:

    Cowgirls- 5 Lombardi Trophies
    Giants- 4 Lombardi Trophies
    Redskins- 3 Lombardi Trophies
    Eagles- Empty trophy case

    ———————————————————————————-

    Just remember your a Mets fan. So I see you know how it feels.

    ——————————————————-

    Just remember the Mets did win the world series. Eagles still have ZERO!!! And yes the Jets even have 1. Eagles still have ZERO!!!

  35. noquickreactionshere says: Mar 6, 2012 10:23 AM

    Some of the posters on here are just dumb…

    So Eli is bitter that he lost to the Saints last year in the regular season? I’m sure the current Super Bowl MVP is still upset about a regular season loss……..

    Eli makes a great point here, while there are salary cap and tax issues (I’m sure these guys are not claiming this extra income but maybe Williams was deducting the expense) there is nothing ethically wrong with “I’ll give you $1,000 if you sack him on this drive.” or “we need a stop, $1,500 for a turnover on this drive.” There is however a line drawn when the goal is to injure someone. The issue to me arises when you start talking about “Carting him off the field” or “Taking him out of the game.”

    I wonder if the people who say this isn’t a big deal are the same people who hated the bad guy from karatie kid for trying to take out Johnny’s bad leg?

  36. noquickreactionshere says: Mar 6, 2012 10:24 AM

    In response to my own typo it was Johnny sweeping Daniel’s bad leg….

  37. gcsuk says: Mar 6, 2012 10:25 AM

    bottom line the offense plays to score and embarrass the defense and the defense plays aggressive and to inflict pain and fear on the offense this is the game and if there is no sure fire proof of dirty hits/play then just put an end to the whole bounty mess and lets move on.
    ——————————————————————–
    I don’t know about you, but when the DC (Williams) admits to it, and the bulk of his players (except Sharper) admit to it, that constitutes “sure fire proof” in my book.

  38. tom35mt says: Mar 6, 2012 10:28 AM

    Since when do we care what little eli has to say, I mean, he probably asked his dad to know what to say.

    Guess what team I’m a fan of ?

  39. gmen1987 says: Mar 6, 2012 10:30 AM

    randygnyc says:
    Mar 6, 2012 8:57 AM
    Ifyouthinkgarbage said “Bounties in my opinion is just a tactic. It’s motivational to some players. Maybe they don’t need a thousand bucks here or ten grand”

    Are you on welfare? You have no idea about inspiration. If you think these guys must need a few extra bucks to get motivated, then you must be one of the entitled generation. Multi-millionaires playing the game of football in front of friends, family and millions of fans should be enough.

    =================================
    Many NFL players need all the cash they can get. Despite all the money they make, they still are broke.

  40. colt2011 says: Mar 6, 2012 10:37 AM

    Great comments Eli. Any player who needs motivation to intentionally cause bodily harm is sick in the head, just like Williams. I hope R Goodell throws the book at EVERYONE involved. They deserve severe punishment. In the real world ASSAULT is a criminal offense punishable with jail time. These players and coaches/management should thank their lucky stars for suspensions and fines.

  41. kev86 says: Mar 6, 2012 10:48 AM

    football royalty has spoken.

  42. jcf78 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:00 AM

    I love it, cause here are the dirty saints, and they got punched for a ko against the 49ers lol….. Big bad bully got decked

  43. PriorKnowledge says: Mar 6, 2012 11:07 AM

    When I was in the army on my way to serving in Vietnam, there was training about what was legal and illegal. If the officer said the very common expression, “Take no prisoners,” we were supposed to ask him if he meant to say that we should shoot enemies that surrender. To force the officer to clarify that he was ordering us to do something illegal, because “following orders” is not an acceptable defense.

    So “punch them in the mouth” does not really mean to punch the opponent in the mouth and take out the opposing QB does not mean to actual injure him. If players are told to take out an opposing QB, they should question their coach as to what that really means. Each player should remain accountable for their own actions during a game.

  44. andyreidcarboload says: Mar 6, 2012 11:11 AM

    steelerhypocrite says: Mar 6, 2012 7:16 AM

    Uh Oh, little Eli spoke. I guess Roger might make a big deal out of this because it has the attention of a NY Team (probably because they didn’t think of it first).

    For what it’s worth, G. Williams should be banned for life and Payton should be suspended for 1 year.
    —————————————————————–

    2 rings hypocrite.

  45. dukemarc says: Mar 6, 2012 11:17 AM

    Hey Eli, you got a little something on your nose.

  46. jakek2 says: Mar 6, 2012 11:18 AM

    How are bounties different from college/high school teams handing out helmet awards for big hits?

  47. canemh says: Mar 6, 2012 11:33 AM

    little eli?? besides about 3 or 4 teams all u haters would die for little eli.

  48. jag8917 says: Mar 6, 2012 12:22 PM

    Eli Manning making some ELIte comments right here. Go Giants!

  49. ricksaints says: Mar 6, 2012 12:31 PM

    Oh wait. While Eli was talking two giant players both fell at the same time with injuries.

  50. sschmiggles says: Mar 6, 2012 12:55 PM

    njkid says:
    Mar 6, 2012 8:54 AM
    I still can’t understand all the Eli haters, Eli is the opitamy of a class act, his accomplishments speak for themselves. I guess you have to get arrested in the NFL to get looked up to.
    _______________________

    I don’t get it either and I’m a Pats fan. How can you have nothing but respect for this guy, he’s unbelievably clutch and he doesn’t talk trash.

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