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Rams’ Brady Poppinga rips Gregg Williams over bounties

St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Brady Poppinga tackles Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu during the first half of their NFL football game in St. Louis Reuters

Linebacker Brady Poppinga and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams are both currently under contract to the Rams, although it’s not clear whether either one of them will be with the team for much longer. That’s just as well, because Poppinga doesn’t have much respect for Williams.

Poppinga, who becomes a free agent next week, says that Williams, who may be suspended for running a bounty program with the Saints, did something “degrading,” “animalistic” and “repulsive” in orchestrating bounties in New Orleans.

“I just can’t sit there and be silent,” Poppinga told Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com. “I look at this as an opportunity to share with the public that we, as football players, are not barbaric and out to try and destroy everything in our path. Football is my profession and I take it seriously. It’s an art form. It’s technical, strategic and takes a lot of intelligence to play. When this came out, it started to confirm the idea that football guys are idiots. That’s not who we are. Ninety-five percent of the guys are very intelligent. It’s just guys who love to go out and play a physical game.”

Poppinga said he doesn’t like the message that the bounty scandal sends.

“It’s a huge problem in society not knowing how to compete with the right perspective,” Poppinga said.

As for whether Poppinga has any future on the Rams’ defense, where he started 12 games last season, Poppinga said he’s not worried about that.

“If they’re not going to want me on the team because of that, that’s fine,” Poppinga said.

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48 Responses to “Rams’ Brady Poppinga rips Gregg Williams over bounties”
  1. theroguescripter says: Mar 9, 2012 4:23 AM

    “If they’re not going to want me on the team because of that, that’s fine,” Poppinga said.

    Bravo Brady.

  2. talkintrashallday says: Mar 9, 2012 4:31 AM

    WHO??

  3. pantherdan says: Mar 9, 2012 4:42 AM

    I must agree with Brady. I know when Steve Smith was hit on the last play of the season for him a few years ago that Roman Harper had placed a dirty hit on him the minute it happened. The hit came after Smith had already scored…thus breaking Smith’s arm.

    I know one thing….There will be a lot of unspoken teams with a “hell-to-pay” price tag out there when the Saints match up against with them this coming season.

    While the Saints will be the team being watched by the league this season it will be other teams who are going to be giving them small doses of their own medicine. There is nothing more dirty than hitting a player in the side of the knee who is not even involved in a play and Vilma and Harper are all-pros at those type of hits…away from the action hits on defenseless players…Watch the film if you are an aints fan and do not like it.

    But it just goes to show you…New Orleans is the a nasty place for the most part and look at their football team. The aints are a franchise where vicodins go missing from a training room that the head coach has full on access to, yet has no answers as to what happened to the stolen pills. They are a team with multiple players serving suspensions for using banned substances and it is now proven there was a bounty system in place for the aints players to take out fellow players. It just makes one wonder if the filth of new orleans has infected the aints as well. Get you paper bags ready fans of the big sleezy,

  4. thatobnoxiousguy says: Mar 9, 2012 4:42 AM

    You just blackballed yourself Brady.

    What a freakin moron.

  5. ahs2 says: Mar 9, 2012 4:50 AM

    I believe that Poppinga is a bright guy but calling 95% of his fellow players “intelligent” an painting them as “artists” is delusional. Most of these meatheads couldn’t hold a “normal” job in real world land.

  6. theysone says: Mar 9, 2012 5:10 AM

    RESPECT to you, Mr. Poppinga.

  7. Wisconsin77 says: Mar 9, 2012 5:11 AM

    Way to tell em Pop!

  8. youalldrinkhaterade says: Mar 9, 2012 5:13 AM

    I just became a Brady Poppinga fan…

  9. bleedgreen80 says: Mar 9, 2012 5:17 AM

    good job brady…good bye brady

  10. saints25 says: Mar 9, 2012 5:18 AM

    so what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!who is this guy? Benchwarmer,do what their told..

  11. bartpkelly says: Mar 9, 2012 5:38 AM

    Good for him. Great quote:
    “It’s a huge problem in society not knowing how to compete with the right perspective,” Poppinga said.
    Just look at parents who get violent in youth sports, coolege players taking drugs (enhancing( and bounties in the pros and you can you see he is correct there.

  12. kingpel says: Mar 9, 2012 5:45 AM

    “We, as football players, are not barbaric and out to try and destroy everything in our path.”

    Ladies and gentlemen, a leader of the 2011 St. Louis’ Rams defense. And you wonder why they sucked? Judging from his play last year, tackling a running back may have been on his list things not to do as well.

    You’ll be out the door, Brady, but it is because your slow and cant tackle worth a damn.

  13. nflfollower says: Mar 9, 2012 5:51 AM

    Disenchanted with the regime change, clearly.

  14. mgm36 says: Mar 9, 2012 5:55 AM

    Poppinga said what needed to be said.

  15. jus10jonez says: Mar 9, 2012 6:02 AM

    Bravo

  16. switch123 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:21 AM

    Did this moron just crawl out under a rock? Ah this has been happening 30-40 years, paying for big hits, geez talk about over dramatic ” this guy a defensive player or the waterboy?

  17. mikgaes says: Mar 9, 2012 6:23 AM

    Who is Brady Poppinga?

  18. mikea311 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:24 AM

    i think he hit the nail on the head about what’s wrong with bounties.

    for too often we forget that these are human being that play this game.

  19. nukaten says: Mar 9, 2012 6:25 AM

    Cant argue with Poppinga, i’m sure the rams wont need to make a decision about Williams anyway

  20. jshawaii22 says: Mar 9, 2012 6:25 AM

    Bravo. I dont know exactly why, but I believe him and I don’t know who he is. I hope there are more like him.

  21. 319hike says: Mar 9, 2012 6:30 AM

    That is a great message for youth football, which is where Brady will be coaching next year.

  22. palewook says: Mar 9, 2012 6:33 AM

    Hard not to respect Poppinga for taking a public stand.

  23. gpete1962 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:20 AM

    Welcome to the Giant’s Brady !!

    America’s “True Blue” Team.

  24. staugslugga says: Mar 9, 2012 7:22 AM

    Pantherdan

    Sticking up for Steve Smith, who all but verbally abuses everyone on the field, including other coaches, with items I’m sure you don’t want your kids to hear.

    Pay for performance happens on every team, including your cellar dwelling Panthers. Hate to burst your bubble.

    Just remember this when you become pot calling kettle black

  25. rpiotr01 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:22 AM

    The Stormin’ Mormon is dead on.

    Haven’t watched him much with the Rams but from his Packer days I can tell you that Poppinga’s problem was never lack of a willingness to be violent. In fact, that’s his best attribute. He’s limited athletically and has an injury history so he’s never going to be a great player. But the guy loves to play and LOVES to hit, which is why he’s stuck in the league at all. All the same, there’s a right approach to the violence and a wrong one, and good for Brady for saying it.

  26. lolb23 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:44 AM

    I don’t know who he is. I hope there are more like him.
    ________________________________

    There’s a ton of guys just like him playing in Canada, where he’ll be soon.

    Don’t get me wrong, he’s totally right. But he’s old and you broke code so…welcome to Canada buddy. Watch your ass at the borders.

  27. barnold1993 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:44 AM

    Most of you must not know rams football. I’m an eagles fan and I know this guy was a rams startIng linebacker to those that say who or bench warmer.

  28. tatum064 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:48 AM

    translation; I’m not playing under these guys next season, so don’t question me about any bounties at all….

  29. 4drams says: Mar 9, 2012 7:52 AM

    Well stated, Brady. I respect what you say but I couldn’t see you back in St. Louis even if the regime hadn’t changed. There should be a balance between ‘technical’ and ‘toughness’. I didn’t enjoy watching ‘technical’ last year. We need a little more ‘toughness’.

  30. totallydisgusted says: Mar 9, 2012 7:54 AM

    Shut up and play ball! The so called “bounty” system had been around for a long time. You sir were never good enough to participate in the “bounty system”. If it is as rampant as I believe it is I would venture to assume that you’ve known that this is what has been going on in many a locker room yet you never spoke out. I smell an agenda from a player who means nothing to a terrible team.

  31. FinFan68 says: Mar 9, 2012 7:57 AM

    Bravo. There is someone who understands the professional part of playing professional football.

  32. ejmat2 says: Mar 9, 2012 8:01 AM

    saints25 says:
    Mar 9, 2012 5:18 AM
    so what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!who is this guy? Benchwarmer,do what their told..
    ———————————
    I guess you don’t follow football too much when you can’t even realize that someone starts for a team which is in the same division as your favorite team. Just another typical Saint fan response delusional to what happens in the real world. Don’t worry though. You will all be wearing bags on your heads again soon enough.

  33. bigjdve says: Mar 9, 2012 9:33 AM

    It is nice that he spoke his mind. Though he comes off as a bit idealistic.

    We hear from other players all the time how they are out to stop the competition by knocking them on their butts. Not stating bounties, but hitting them hard.

    Hitting someone really hard can be considered barbaric. I personally don’t feel this way, however I do know a lot of people that do.

    I would like to think that there are a fair number of players out there that don’t take bounties, however it is really hard to tell.

    So I guess it is good that we have at least 1 to start with.

  34. thcnote says: Mar 9, 2012 9:38 AM

    “It’s a huge problem in society not knowing how to compete with the right perspective,” Poppinga said.

    It’s to bad that Poppinga isn’t a star because then maybe more people would pay attention to this statement. Everybody wants to be a champion but very few want to do it by simply beating the best around man to man.

  35. deadmanwalking47 says: Mar 9, 2012 9:40 AM

    Hard to rip a guy for calling it as he sees it!

  36. cowboycjn says: Mar 9, 2012 9:45 AM

    Never heard of this player, has good concept – but really has to think about what he is saying about players in general.
    As for G. Williams, the Rams wanted him for a reason, you think it was a mere coincidence that N.O. got rid of him when the NFL let them know they were investigating before the playoffs started???

  37. ejmat2 says: Mar 9, 2012 9:46 AM

    switch123 says:
    Mar 9, 2012 6:21 AM
    Did this moron just crawl out under a rock? Ah this has been happening 30-40 years, paying for big hits, geez talk about over dramatic ” this guy a defensive player or the waterboy?
    ———————————
    Really???? Then what does that say about the players that were playing back then that are now suing the NFL for allowing it to happen? I guess you just solved that entire case. Great job……at being ignorant. There is reason why the game has changed over the years and players shouldn’t be hitting others with the intent to injure and organizations should not be promoting it.

  38. gmen1987 says: Mar 9, 2012 9:49 AM

    Let’s do some real world translation here. Poppinga and his teammates probably take it that Greg Williams will not coach a down with the Rams. He wants to distance himself from such behavior.

    Would be surprise the Rams fired Williams after his suspention. They could use the just cause of his contract to avoid playing him.

  39. trollhammer20 says: Mar 9, 2012 9:50 AM

    Nice to see Brady play this angle instead of going in front of the mic and saying “Please get me the hell out of St. Louis.” I think the end result will be the same.

  40. deathmonkey41 says: Mar 9, 2012 10:46 AM

    Brady Poppinga was not a back up, he was, in fact, a very large part of the 31st ranked rushing defense in the NFL. When the Rams don’t resign him, it won’t be because he made comments about Greg Williams- it was because he was completely inept when trying to seal the outside.

  41. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 9, 2012 11:17 AM

    95% of NFL players are very intelligent? That’s about 90% more than the general population. Who knew?

  42. packerfan1000 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:34 AM

    I’m glad to see all the guys ripping Brady are getting hugely necessary thumbs down.

    I’m a Packer fan, and Brady Poppinga is no longer a Packer, but when he was, he was easily the best interview on the team. Very bright guy. Awesome teammate. High, high character guy. I wish he was still a Packer.

    For all of you other fans out there, I would honestly love for Brady to someday be on the team you cheer for. You’ll find him to be an absolute joy.

  43. zn0rseman says: Mar 9, 2012 11:35 AM

    There are two types of players in sports. On one side there are the Reggie White, Jared Allen, Brady Poppinga and Brian Urlacher types of guys. Hard hitting, aggressive, but play the game with a sense of sportsmanship. On the other side there are the Warren Sapp, Lawrence Taylor, Bill Romanowski, Al Harrris and the Saints type of players. Guys who have no honor, no sense of sportsmanship, and who seek to hurt and injure there opponents, and try to break as many rules as they can without getting caught. In the case of the Saints and the NFC Championship, the refs also must share a huge portion of the blame, because it was they who let their illegal actions get out of hand by refusing to call what were clearly illegal hits. I hope that whatever punishments are dolled out, that the officials in that game are among those punished, and that the Vikings receive a pick or two from the Saints.

  44. vickboy says: Mar 9, 2012 3:14 PM

    We quick to point the finger on saints..wen reggie bush enter the league how many bountys was on him how many late hits cheap shots he receve before greg williams got there ravens,eagles,redskins,49ers that year took late hits dirty chops no body remembers so the saints play dat game everybody got wanna find BS## grow up its football they get millions wat we get as fans flag football and I suppose feel sorry nooo if u got issues wit dat then retire because before all this the saints always was getting lost for season and cheap shots so I dont blame the S aints payback is ah mutha #$&#

  45. teedraper says: Mar 9, 2012 3:51 PM

    “Most of these meatheads couldn’t hold a “normal” job in real world land”
    ———————————-
    Don’t worry….no one will steal your job working the fryolator at Burger King.

  46. ajpurp says: Mar 9, 2012 7:11 PM

    I’m not sure Lawrence Taylor should be on that list, sure he wasn’t a character guy obviously, but he didn’t want to injure other players he was just violent as all hell. That’s what it takes to be the best LB of all time. But intentionally injure, I seriously doubt it from his reaction to the joe theismann hit, first guy to run over to the training staff and say there praying and crying for the guy afterwards.

  47. grannyvi4 says: Mar 10, 2012 2:25 AM

    vickboy says:Mar 9, 2012 3:14 PM

    We quick to point the finger on saints..wen reggie bush enter the league how many bountys was on him how many late hits cheap shots he receve before greg williams got there ravens,eagles,redskins,49ers that year took late hits dirty chops no body remembers so the saints play dat game everybody got wanna find BS## grow up its football they get millions wat we get as fans flag football and I suppose feel sorry nooo if u got issues wit dat then retire because before all this the saints always was getting lost for season and cheap shots so I dont blame the S aints payback is ah mutha #$&#
    —————————–
    Good God. Go back to school and learn the basics of the English language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Three of my grandkids who are 4, 6, and 7, speak better than you. Obviously the schools you attended failed you miserably…or failed to fail you, which is even worse. You must be a child because I can’t believe an adult would post such gibberish.

  48. texas1mangang says: Mar 11, 2012 6:45 AM

    at least he’s opinionated. Williams probably is a …….

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