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Fred Smoot: Phillip Daniels ran his mouth too much about bounties

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Former Redskins teammates Fred Smoot and Phillip Daniels have both publicly supported their old defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, who has been suspended indefinitely for overseeing the payment of bounties. But Smoot doesn’t think Daniels has been supportive enough.

In an interview on 106.7 The Fan, Smoot said Daniels has been talking too much about Williams, although Smoot didn’t specify what, exactly, Daniels said that was wrong.

“I can’t say I’m fully upset at Phillip Daniels,” Smoot said, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “Let’s just say I heard something through the players grapevine that I’m not proud of, that’s all. Let’s just say he ran his mouth too much and didn’t even know what he was talking about. I don’t understand, just to bring that heat to the Redskins, I don’t understand that either.”

Daniels has said Williams gave players money for big games, which is a violation of the league’s rules against non-contract payment. But Daniels also defended Williams, saying he wasn’t aware of Williams ever encouraging a player to injure an opponent. So it’s surprising that Smoot is so unhappy with what Daniels said, considering how many people have offered up so much more critical testimony about Williams’ use of bounties.

What’s not surprising is that Smoot also had critical things to say about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for suspending Williams.

“It’s a dictatorship, to me,” Smoot said. “I think we need to start a congress of retired players or something, that these [rulings] has to get cycled through. I think it should be a process. I don’t think one man should have all that power. And you can just look and see what he’s doing to players and what he’s doing to coaches. And I don’t know, I think he’s starting to rub people the wrong way.”

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37 Responses to “Fred Smoot: Phillip Daniels ran his mouth too much about bounties”
  1. tombradysponytail says: Mar 28, 2012 3:17 PM

    Smoot is right, that’s not how they ran things on the Love Boat. That was a tightly run ship…

  2. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Mar 28, 2012 3:21 PM

    fred smoot is still in the nfl? i figured he’d be off somewhere getting reach arounds on a jon boat.

  3. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 28, 2012 3:21 PM

    Nobody cares what you have to say, so your point is Smoot.

  4. goredskins11 says: Mar 28, 2012 3:23 PM

    Well, if anyone is an expert at running their mouths, it would be Smoot.

  5. djcologne says: Mar 28, 2012 3:24 PM

    THE QUESTION IS MOOT….

  6. clownsfan says: Mar 28, 2012 3:24 PM

    The Commissioner has been rubbin’ people the wrong way since day 1.

  7. drewsylvania says: Mar 28, 2012 3:26 PM

    Smoot’s saying that Daniels is a snitch?

  8. lombardihero says: Mar 28, 2012 3:26 PM

    LOL:) A Congress of Retired Players or a Congress of Retired Lyres:) Smoot you crack me up.

  9. dukemarc says: Mar 28, 2012 3:26 PM

    “I think we need to start a congress of retired players or something, that these [rulings] has to get cycled through. ”

    Yes Fred, because the NFL really gives a crap what you think….

  10. lifetimeskinsfan739 says: Mar 28, 2012 3:27 PM

    Fred smoot complaining that someone talks too much?

    Im on a boat.

  11. bighyzer says: Mar 28, 2012 3:28 PM

    Wow……Smoot accusing someone of running their mouth too much. Pot meet Kettle.

  12. vbe2 says: Mar 28, 2012 3:30 PM

    A “Congress of retired players”? Good greif… uneducated people shouldn’t speak publicly.

    Wasn’t Smoot one of the “Love Boat” offenders?

  13. farmmbig says: Mar 28, 2012 3:31 PM

    Does Smoot still play in the NFL?

  14. dcviking says: Mar 28, 2012 3:32 PM

    With his final comments complete, Captain Fred indicated that he had chartered a boat and “crew” for the evening…

  15. phillyphever says: Mar 28, 2012 3:33 PM

    Yeah, don’t the players know that Payton and Williams LIED to Goodell about the whole thing? I swear, players don’t have a clue about anything.

  16. numberoneinthehoodg says: Mar 28, 2012 3:35 PM

    Looks like the first 4 and a half comments summed it up. Maybe he can work for the NFL network?

  17. drewsylvania says: Mar 28, 2012 3:36 PM

    90% of the comments will be Love Boat jokes. I love the Internet.

  18. jimw81 says: Mar 28, 2012 3:38 PM

    “It’s a dictatorship, to me,” Smoot said. “I think we need to start a congress of retired players or something, that these [rulings] has to get cycled through. I think it should be a process. I don’t think one man should have all that power. And you can just look and see what he’s doing to players and what he’s doing to coaches. And I don’t know, I think he’s starting to rub people the wrong way.”

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    Doesn’t Fred Smoot know he has an union that can appeal a ruling from Goodell and go to arbitration?

  19. skolvikesskol says: Mar 28, 2012 3:39 PM

    Smoot… U suck… Gave up record setting yards vs s smith… Terrible cb terrible person… He also thinks the captsin ran his mouth too much about the love boat

  20. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Mar 28, 2012 3:39 PM

    clownsfan says: Mar 28, 2012 3:24 PM

    The Commissioner has been rubbin’ people the wrong way since day 1.

    much like those nautical prostitutes did smoot

  21. 69firebird says: Mar 28, 2012 3:44 PM

    That way we can have a do nothing congress of retired players to go along with the current do nothing congress we already have.

  22. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 28, 2012 3:45 PM

    Ah yes, Fred Smoot- the proverbial voice of reason. Smoot should be consulted about any and all matters relating to the NFL. Can’t wait to see him post-career on NFL Network expounding upon such matters along side that other voice of reason- Warren Sapp.

  23. eaglebobby says: Mar 28, 2012 3:45 PM

    CLOWNSFAN–your name says it all. What is the most oft-uttered phrase by a player, any player in contract negotiations? How about, “My career is short and I want to make all the money I can.”

    Goodell is trying to make the game SAFER so that ALL PLAYERS CAN HAVE LONGER CAREERS. He has punished players and now coaches alike.

    Of course, if you’re a Saints fan I can understand where you’re coming from–until another team makes a pretzel out of Drew Brees then see how the Saints’ fans feel.

  24. vincentbojackson says: Mar 28, 2012 3:49 PM

    Smoot should start a Congress of Underwhelming Players and serve as chairman.

  25. purplegreenandgold says: Mar 28, 2012 3:52 PM

    i flabbergasted that “mf” did not author this segment and jenniferxxx did not comment after reading the header only.

  26. rcali says: Mar 28, 2012 3:53 PM

    Only the bad kids hate the Principal.

  27. clownsfan says: Mar 28, 2012 4:04 PM

    @ eaglebobby: Relax. I meant rubbin’ people the wrong way IN GENERAL.
    It was a generalization. Do you understand?

  28. cwmorga says: Mar 28, 2012 4:25 PM

    @eaglebobby says: Mar 28, 2012 3:45 PM

    CLOWNSFAN–your name says it all. What is the most oft-uttered phrase by a player, any player in contract negotiations? How about, “My career is short and I want to make all the money I can.”

    Goodell is trying to make the game SAFER so that ALL PLAYERS CAN HAVE LONGER CAREERS. He has punished players and now coaches alike.
    ———————–

    Funny. During the season all we hear is how Goodell is trying to make this a flag football league and QBs should wear skirts. Now the Saints get popped and everyone applauds Goodell for protecting the poor innocent players.

  29. jason1214 says: Mar 28, 2012 4:30 PM

    This coming from Smoot, who opined Lake Minnetonka was international waters….moron.

  30. tweeter75 says: Mar 28, 2012 4:50 PM

    Fred Smoot……I remember when he came to the Vikings, all the hype. He was an absolute bust! When the Vikings played the Panthers, Smoot was completely destroyed by Steve Smith. Smith had a monster game, a career game. He should just shut his mouth.

  31. jgedgar70 says: Mar 28, 2012 5:08 PM

    “Fred Smoot: Phillip Daniels ran his mouth too much”

    Hello Kettle. My name is Pot. May I call you black?

    I’m trying to remember the last time I saw Smoot… Oh, yes, it was the Panthers-Vikings game in Charlotte when Culpepper had his big knee injury, and when Steve Smith torched Smoot for about 200 yards and several TDs.

    Whatever, Fred…….

  32. vikesfansteve says: Mar 28, 2012 5:20 PM

    I thought Smoot’s name was officially changed to Steve Smith’s b****.

  33. fargovikesfan says: Mar 28, 2012 5:44 PM

    Smoot never has to worry about being accused of being involved in a bounty program. He was always too scared to hit ANYBODY, legally or otherwise.

  34. drgreenstreak says: Mar 28, 2012 6:45 PM

    Smoot rubs me the wrong way. Fred please! Like the NFL needs Daniels to point out that Williams was DC in DC.
    methinks Freddie thinks too much

  35. piperworm says: Mar 28, 2012 8:47 PM

    If Freddie had actually ever been able to do as much “thinking” as he claims or perhaps play the game well; then people would not remember him only for his abilities to talk.

  36. burgandyandgoldfan says: Mar 28, 2012 9:25 PM

    His name is spelled *Freeeeeeddd Smooooott*

  37. aaflores says: Mar 29, 2012 7:33 AM

    Jesus christ, I didn’t realize how many HATERS and trolls there are on ProFootballTalk…like 80% of the comments are “smoot still in the nfl?” or “who is smoot to talk about big mouths?!”…just get over it, everyone has a right to say what they feel and he is sorta right with the whole “feeling like a dictatorship.” bit too and dont even try to deny it.

    it’s sad how so many readers of ProFootballTalk talk smack, I’ll tell you this…none of you would have the balls to tell Fred Smoot to his face, you disgusting haters.

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