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Briggs: Player health is important, but Vilma ban is “a bunch of B.S.”

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Bears linebacker Lance Briggs says he favors efforts to ensure that NFL players will live healthy lives long after their careers are over. But he dismisses the notion that the NFL needed to suspend the players involved in the Saints’ bounty scandal in order to promote health and safety.

Briggs told David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune that the NFL’s yearlong suspension of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was “a bunch of B.S.

“Let me make one thing clear: I in no way condone somebody putting money up to intentionally hurt someone,” Briggs said. “But bounty or not, what did the Saints do on the field that’s illegal? All I’ve seen on TV is clean, physical football. You can get those same highlights from any NFL team. . . . It’s becoming flag football. We’re flying around at 100 mph.”

Briggs says the health of NFL players should be an important priority, but he believes it’s a priority that should be addressed through improved medical care, not through changing the game of football.

“Player safety is best taken care of by providing health insurance for players’ lives,” Briggs said. “Come on. It’s like asking a boxer: ‘Are your injuries related to taking blows to the head?’ We throw our bodies around. It’s physical. It’s football. You can’t stop the violence from happening.”

Providing health insurance for retired players is great, but the best way to care for an injury is to prevent it from happening in the first place. It’s difficult to square many players’ insistence that they want the NFL to take care of them if they’re struggling with health problems later in life with many of the same players’ insistence that they don’t want the NFL to discipline them or their colleagues who break the rules designed to promote player safety.

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73 Responses to “Briggs: Player health is important, but Vilma ban is “a bunch of B.S.””
  1. herlies says: May 6, 2012 12:27 PM

    BS is when you lie to police about your Lamborghini being stolen, only to be fined $500 because you actually crashed it yourself and then ditched the car because you were drunk.

  2. mikexzilla says: May 6, 2012 12:29 PM

    hes got a point

  3. warrenmoon says: May 6, 2012 12:30 PM

    He should ask his quarterback how he feels about it. I am sure Cutler would love it if it were flag football

  4. dansnyder says: May 6, 2012 12:32 PM

    Amen

    feel weird saying this but, someone finally making some sense.

  5. maxvv says: May 6, 2012 12:34 PM

    Amen. The only people who could possibly disagree are the mass of Goodell slurpers that hang around here.

  6. philwauke says: May 6, 2012 12:35 PM

    Wow…..finally a rational thought on this site.

  7. 805_9er says: May 6, 2012 12:36 PM

    Fortunately Briggs isn’t paid to think.

  8. marcinhouston says: May 6, 2012 12:37 PM

    The first people to suspend for calling for injuries should be the media, who have called for injuries louder and clearer than any players since the game began. Media can be suspended by denying their credentials, banning them from stadiums, and denying them access to NFLPA members for interviews. Maybe when the media cleans up their own act, we can ask players not to joke about bounties that were never actually paid and hits that were nothing outside of the ordinary.

  9. bullcharger says: May 6, 2012 12:38 PM

    He’s got a point… nice to say that the right thing is prevent the injuries, but that hasn’t happened since the beginning of the sport and it won’t start now. Keeping the injuries to a minimum and limiting head injuries to some extent is the best they can do. A dirty hit will always result in a bad injury. Look at Jack Tatum and Stingley. This is nothing new. Throw guys that do that kind of stuff out of the game altogether.

  10. arlingtonsynn says: May 6, 2012 12:41 PM

    I think the punishments against the coaches and Loomis were fair. Encouraging and organizing such a scheme by non-participants is a disgusting act. Especially since there was outside money involved…. something I am shocked we are not hearing more about.

    The players on the other hand I actually support. Whether you are trying to injure someone for an extra $10k or you are doing it for free matters little. If you are on the field going out of your way to hurt people, you will get taken care of on field. Ask Shawn Merriman what that feels like.

  11. SeenThisB4 says: May 6, 2012 12:41 PM

    Goodell’s smokescreen.

  12. rezburna says: May 6, 2012 12:42 PM

    “Providing health insurance for retired players is great, but the best way to care for an injury is to prevent it from happening in the first place.”

    And just how are you going to stop injuries from taking place in football? Injuries are going to take place even if they take away the pads and give them flags. Health and life insurance is the best way to take care of these players. I played football for 16 years of my life, and I’m 21 going on 22 now. I’m still feeling the effects of all of it, and I didn’t come close to the NFL. Injuries happen, pain occurs, pain management is the key.

  13. axltcu says: May 6, 2012 12:44 PM

    “All I’ve seen on TV is clean, physical football.”

    Except it’s not clean because when you intentionally attack a specific body part with the intention of injuring that player it’s dirty.

  14. profootballwalk says: May 6, 2012 12:48 PM

    Five years from now, he’ll be suing the NFL for his head injuries. Fraud.

  15. pyr8fan says: May 6, 2012 12:51 PM

    so the best way to protect players is to wait until AFTER they are injured, but be sure they have adequate insurance? Good one Briggs. they only people that could agree with that are the mindless morons that don’t understand what the Comish’s job is and are blinded by the stupidity of the players and their clueless union.

  16. chatham10 says: May 6, 2012 12:59 PM

    Who really cares what he thinks, the players bitch about the new rules and punishment and then they all get together and sue the NFL because they got hurt playing football. They do not have to play football, it is their decision but they love the money and glory so live with it or get out and find a real job without the money and of course no glory.

  17. blackcatsluck says: May 6, 2012 1:04 PM

    Spoken like a player who has never had somebody dive at his ankles as he was going out of bounds.

    Option 1= give him a push, make sure he goes OB.

    Option 2 = dive at his ankles, make sure he goes out of bounds, Maybe collect a grand for a sprained ankle.

    Both tackle methods within the rules.

  18. gojags says: May 6, 2012 1:06 PM

    Comments from a mediocre over-hyped LB playing aside one of the best LB in the NFL.

  19. paulitik74 says: May 6, 2012 1:15 PM

    Vilma is suspended for a year because of lying, if it were just about the bounties, he’d be seeing 3-4 games max.

    These players need to quit looking at this as if it were just about the bounty. The Saints made what is usually just a locker room wager between players into a conspiracy of institutionalized pay to injure, subversion of the salary cap, and blatant deceit.

    If this were so common, why not just fess up, take the minimal fine and be done with it?
    There is so much more to this than just player safety.

  20. sea3369 says: May 6, 2012 1:19 PM

    Blah blah blah, he has a point. The nfl could take better care of their players. Add med insurance to their massive contracts and reduce their money to offset the med costs so instead of 10 mill for 5 yrs its 5 or 6 mill and med coverage, shorten the span of their carrers, open the game up allow larger rosters to compensate for injured players needing rest or to recover from injuries. Im deffinetly no expert but there seems like alot of options out there that could be explored or looked at. As a player in high school or college u no how violent this game is and yet you ( as the player pursue it) then wanna sue after ur washed up and moneys run dry. Common sense u know its a violent game prepare for ur future when its over or choose a different carrer. I as a carpenter dont have the option when my career is over to sue all my clients because dust, fumes/chemicals gave me cancer? I knew what i was getting into when i choose my carrer just like they do. Sorry for the rant just my opinions.

  21. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: May 6, 2012 1:25 PM

    Thumbs down if you’re a Flag Football lovin Goodell droid

  22. hyzers says: May 6, 2012 1:28 PM

    Sorry to burst your bubble, Briggs, but the NFL has been going toward flag football for awhile now.

    2 years ago Suh got a personal foul on Cutler who was running with the ball. “Went to the head of the back of the runner” is what Ed claimed, while doing a elbowing motion. Of course the replays show some thing completely different.

  23. robf2010 says: May 6, 2012 1:32 PM

    “Especially since there was outside money involved…. something I am shocked we are not hearing more about.”

    There is no evidence that money actually WAS involved. It was merely suggested in emails that may or may not have been read. It’s also been suggested that the $10k that Vilma allegedly threw around may have been a joke. I have no idea what the truth really is and I haven’t seen any concrete evidence of anything. The players have already been flagged and fined for whatever they did on the field. Vilma’s penalty for what he supposedly did off of the field seems excessive.

  24. dave61548 says: May 6, 2012 1:32 PM

    axltcu says:
    May 6, 2012 12:44 PM
    “All I’ve seen on TV is clean, physical football.”

    Except it’s not clean because when you intentionally attack a specific body part with the intention of injuring that player it’s dirty.

    ***************
    Instead of just listening to the alleagations being tossed out there, why don’t you actually look at the results on the field. Very few, if any, players were knocked out of games by the Saints defense. In fact, after the infamous Gregg Williams speech, the Saints went out and played a penalty-free game.

    Yeah, we all know Favre was beat up in the NFCCG…….so how many teams in the NFL can claim to have only beat up one guy in three seasons? The Saints aren’t any worse than anyone else when it comes to injuring opponents – in fact they are nowhere close to the top – this is just been blown way out of proportion by Goodell trying to cover the NFL’s butt in the upcoming player lawsuits and by the media looking to feed on anything they can.

  25. daknight93 says: May 6, 2012 1:38 PM

    wait a minute…Suh of lions repeat stomp a man head into ground intentionally several times and could’ve caused head trauma and possibly could’ve killed him if he stomped near his head temple, but he gets a 2 game suspension from Goodell…Vilma gets suspended without pay for entire season based on he say/she say heard he offered 10k for anyone who knockout favre and warner, both qb never were carted off and no evidence of that money being exchanged…dictator goodell says, it doesn’t matter if I’m right or wrong…that’s my ruling..I do not care about being fair to the players, I work for the owners…time to move on Signed Roger Goodell

  26. trevor123698 says: May 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    “Player safety is best taken care of by providing health insurance for players’ lives”

    Actually Lance Briggs, with our ALLOPATHIC medical system there really is no need for health insurance. These doctors aren’t going to do a god damn thing for anybody except experiment with surgeries, and having them pop pills, which will never do anything to cure their woes. For those interested in learning about the scam that our medical system is, Dr Joel Wallach and his “Dead Doctors Don’t Lie” lecture is a must read. Theres also a fe3w books like Eustace Mullins “Murder By Injection: The story Of The Medical Conspiracy Against America” or “Rockefeller Medicine Men”

  27. purplegreenandgold says: May 6, 2012 1:43 PM

    there is going to be alot of YELLOW flags on the field this coming season…ALOT

  28. dryzzt23 says: May 6, 2012 1:46 PM

    The NFL is currently being sued by HUNDREDS of former NFL players over injuries.

    So what how do the players respond when the NFL tries to make the game safer?

    “How dare you!” and “You are destroying the game!”

    Bet I bet that after these same players retire, they will be first in line to sue over these very injuries.

    The NFL should respond to Briggs by stating the following:

    “We are fine with discontinuing our attempts at making the game safer for players, however the NFLPA and the players themselves must agree to waive any and all right to sue the NFL before or after their career ends.”

    The players cannot have it every way they want it.

  29. oaklegend says: May 6, 2012 1:50 PM

    Lance Briggs is a moron and Vilma is getting off easy. This whole thing revolves around the idea of conspiracy to injure and it is worth drawing a line in the sand over.

  30. fenrecords says: May 6, 2012 1:51 PM

    Over hyped and mediocre lb?! Please, this guy has played at a pro bowl level since he entered the league, Urlacher or not. Its a violent game with violent consequences. They know what they are getting into when they enter the draft. They want to get rich and be famous but once its all over they wanna sue the nfl for problems they ultimately brought on themselves by playing. Their problems are falling on deaf ears here. Let them play for christs sakes goodell. Thats where all the money the nfl makes comes from anyhow, people that want to see some real playing.

  31. iggles20 says: May 6, 2012 2:08 PM

    The sport is violent. Injuries and long term health issues ARE going to occur as a result of playing football. There is no way around this.

    So either make it flag football OR start providing better long term health and mental care for current and retired players.

    The NFL is trying to have it both ways and it can’t.

  32. ShimSham says: May 6, 2012 2:19 PM

    So Briggs’ opinion is – “Give us more money for our injuries, but don’t ask us to change anything to help lower the chance of injury, just give us the money we need to lick our wounds.”

    I’m a teacher, and this would be like a student asking me for extra points, but then being unwilling to change their poor study habits or do any sort of extra work to help justify the bonus.

  33. eeeeeeetme says: May 6, 2012 2:33 PM

    oaklegend says:May 6, 2012 1:50 PM

    Lance Briggs is a moron and Vilma is getting off easy. This whole thing revolves around the idea of conspiracy to injure and it is worth drawing a line in the sand over.

    knee drop much?

  34. florioleadswitnesses says: May 6, 2012 2:40 PM

    I believe the NFL’s approach to concussions is more reactive than proactive. A proactive approach would be improving the equipment the players wear. I recall a few years ago there was a “concussion helmet” that the players didn’t like because of the appearance. The NFL should invest more in safety equipment and make the wearing of that equipment MANDATORY.

    No matter how much they attempt to legislate the violence of the game, they will never be able to remove the risk factor. The more sensible approach would be to couple the legislation with a more tangible approach. i.e. safer equipment.

  35. kramelttil says: May 6, 2012 2:42 PM

    Here’s a little common sense for you….you will never stop injuries in football. You are flying around 100 mph..yada yada yada. What Goodell can to to reduce injuries he did. He is saying if you have a bonus plan in place to encourage INTENTIONALLY injury another of your co-workers, you will not be allowed to play. Thats the most you can do shot of making it flag footabll. Ask Favre, A.P., and all the other players that were hit late, high/low, under-the-pile, etc etc if they think it BS. If anyone outside of professional sports finance such a program they would be in jail Mr. Briggs. Play todays game with street tactics, get a pee pee wakin’, play hard nose football like you do and no one will ever fault you (no one with any common sense).

  36. hwatt says: May 6, 2012 2:43 PM

    if the league really wanted to get serious they’d do something about the hard-shelled helmets and maybe other padding. Helmets with more sponge-like exteriors have been available for years, and are permissable in the league (i think) but players ‘think they look dumb’ so they don’t wear them. Make those shock absorbers mandatory from head to tow instead of changing all the rules and banning people from playing!

  37. sonnyboychris says: May 6, 2012 3:10 PM

    “colleagues who break the rules designed to promote player safety.” —

    Show me where any player who was suspended injured another player. Like Briggs said, all the hits shown have been legal.

    #readingcomprehension

  38. kathyisintheroom says: May 6, 2012 3:10 PM

    maxvv says:
    May 6, 2012 12:34 PM
    Amen. The only people who could possibly disagree are the mass of Goodell slurpers that hang around here.

    **************************************

    couldn’t have said it better myself

  39. denverbronconj says: May 6, 2012 3:18 PM

    Good luck trying to get the NFL to provide health insurance for ex-players. Why should the NFL pay for health insurance when players are no longer employed by their respective owner…no other company does that. Companies now are claiming bankruptcy to get out of debt from pension plans.

    Here’s a thought, purchase your own health insurance now instead of later when you have these pre-exisiting conditions instead of that 10qt diamond earring or bling watch you wear when you get drafted.

    I’m tired of these diva football players who whine that their life is so hard.

  40. denverbronconj says: May 6, 2012 3:26 PM

    So..according to the NFLPA logic, or lack thereof, if the secretary at a business gets carpel tunnel syndrome from constant repetitive motion of typing after he/she leaves the job, does that mean the business has to provide health insurance for him/her?

    Good luck with that

  41. bigperm33 says: May 6, 2012 3:42 PM

    It isn’t difficult to square anything. The players accept the risk of playing football. They want to play football as they know it, not this watered down version that Goodell wants. But if they are going to take that risk, and do so that makes millions and millions for the league and for someone like Goodell, they want to know the NFL will do all it can to help them health wise when they stop off the field.

    And why isn’t it difficult to square the NFL taking this very public stance that they want to protect players while at the same time not doing nearly enough to protect the health of players once they are done playing? That is by far the bigger hypocrisy.

  42. sonnyboychris says: May 6, 2012 3:45 PM

    @maxvv “Amen. The only people who could possibly disagree are the mass of Goodell slurpers that hang around here.”

    I thought I was the only person who noticed! All Roger has to do is jiggle his zipper and these dudes can’t get on their knees fast enough!

  43. jason1980 says: May 6, 2012 3:50 PM

    Goddell “slurpers”, now that’s truly appropriate for these folks who prefer dictatorial rule in NFL, but not in their workplace.

  44. 4thqtrsaint says: May 6, 2012 3:53 PM

    Donte Stallworth killed a human being and got the same 1 year ban Vima got.

    So I’m tired of hearing how “Vilma got off easy”. He got screwed!

  45. 4thqtrsaint says: May 6, 2012 3:56 PM

    Some idiots here are saying, “its not what he did, its the lying”. SO, you’re telling me that lying to the MIGHTY COMMISH is the equivalent to KILLING A HUMAN BEING!!

    Stallworth wasn’t the only one that got of easy. Anybody remember Leonard Little of the Rams?

  46. ilovefoolsball says: May 6, 2012 4:32 PM

    lolb23 says:
    May 6, 2012 2:04 PM
    wait a minute…Suh of lions repeat stomp a man head into ground intentionally several times and could’ve caused head trauma and possibly could’ve killed him if he stomped near his head temple, but he gets a 2 game suspension from Goodell
    __________________________________

    He stomped his arm, not his head. You must be so proud for surviving your mother’s back ally coat hanger abortion attempt.

    ———
    Unbelievable that pft would approve trash to post trash like this.

  47. axespray says: May 6, 2012 4:32 PM

    axltcu says:May 6, 2012 12:44 PM
    “All I’ve seen on TV is clean, physical football.”

    Except it’s not clean because when you intentionally attack a specific body part with the intention of injuring that player it’s dirty.
    —————————————-
    how many people were carted off when they played the saints? … Reggie Bush?
    Compare that to Jared Allen taking out Matt Schaub’s knee or the Giants D taking out a couple QBs in 2010…. idk what point I’m trying to make but ….blah!

  48. ejmat2 says: May 6, 2012 4:37 PM

    I do have to say I am for the punishments of the Saint or former Saint players but Briggs makes some very valid points. The only thing I’ll disagree with is him saying that all the hits were legal. That isn’t true. However players can get hurt whether or not hits are illegal.

  49. sonnyboychris says: May 6, 2012 5:10 PM

    What we’re witnessing is the beginning of the end for football. They’ve started down a slippery slope.

    It started with purposefully altering the rules to benefit offenses to improve ratings. And now this.

    I’d love an effort to improve player safety that wasn’t rooted in avoiding lawsuits, money and bolstering offenses. It’s not genuine.

  50. cwmorga says: May 6, 2012 5:11 PM

    @ejmat2 says: May 6, 2012 4:37 PM

    I do have to say I am for the punishments of the Saint or former Saint players but Briggs makes some very valid points. The only thing I’ll disagree with is him saying that all the hits were legal. That isn’t true. However players can get hurt whether or not hits are illegal.
    ——————

    The high/low is one of the few illegal hits they show when talking about “Bountygate”. Funny that they almost always include a few hits from the Niners playoff game in which the Saints weren’t flagged for so much as an offsides.

  51. suprsquirrel says: May 6, 2012 5:19 PM

    I’ve long assumed that Lance Briggs was an idiot and these comments only confirm it. And anyone who thinks that the league is ‘out to get’ the Saints because they ‘did no wrong on the field’ just fell off the turnip truck.

    I mean, really, are you people that dense? They broke the rules. What part of that don’t you understand? So nobody actually got hurt so it doesn’t matter, right? Well, if you just beamed down from planet moron that reasoning works, I guess.

    Let me try to get it through your thick heads another way, k?

    I finally decide I’ve had enough of my boss and decide to have a hit put on him. A friend of a friend gets me in touch with a hitman who says he’ll do the hit for X amount of dollars. Problem is the hit never takes place. Maybe the hitman is an informant. Or maybe the friend turns me in. The point is using Briggs’ and the morons who post here rationale I get away with it because I ‘did nothing wrong’ because, well, my boss didn’t die.

    It’s the same dang thing, people. Just because the Saints didn’t succeed in putting someone out of the game on a stretcher doesn’t mean they didn’t TRY to by putting bounties on them. The sooner some of you actually realize that there was still wrong done despite actual injuries taking place the sooner the world will have a few less idiots in it.

  52. mitchdms says: May 6, 2012 5:21 PM

    “Vilma is suspended for a year because of lying, if it were just about the bounties, he’d be seeing 3-4 games max.”

    This is not correct. Hargrove was suspended partially for lying. The NFL did not interview Vilma or Smith, and apparently didn’t even request to in Vilma’s case until after they told the world that they were guilty. In Vilma’s case, it was he who offered an interview in March, after the charges, and then backed away, almost certainly at the request of the NLFPA. They accused Vilma and Smith have having leadership roles in the program, not lying. They couldn’t be punished for lying because the NFL never spoke to them.

    It is kind of frustrating to watch people get the facts that are out there wrong so frequently, then hear people saying that we don’t need more evidence that these penalties were justified.

  53. pizzon says: May 6, 2012 5:22 PM

    Briggs makes a great point which is that Goodell and the owners want to get off as cheap as possible and the best way to do that is for Goodell to fine and suspend players in essence taking money out of their pockets instead of getting better health coverage for the players which in essence would take money out of the owners pockets. and in the meantime the owners and Roger Goodell want to apad their pockets by adding 2 more gms to an already greuling schedule. to any reasonably prudent person that makes no sense now does it. like I said in a post I made yesterday, Goodell is nothing more than a deucebag in an expensive suit.

  54. suprsquirrel says: May 6, 2012 5:43 PM

    For the record I speak of what I know. It’s already happening where I’m from. Twenty years ago the small school I went to had plenty of boys wanting to play football. Today they have to co-op with two other schools (up to 20 miles away) to field a football team. There aren’t fewer boys, just fewer parents that want their boys playing football.

    Eventually the ‘co-op’ will stop making sense the farther and farther they have to go to get boys to play. Then what? One less school that has football. Eventually another will drop football, too. And then another. And another. And so on.

    Unless they make the sport safer it is very likely to go away. None of us want that.

  55. spellingcops says: May 6, 2012 5:44 PM

    Why is it that someone that makes multiple millions of dollars every year is asking someone else to pay his health insurance?

  56. whoknowsnothing says: May 6, 2012 5:57 PM

    Vilma did not get banned, he got suspended for one season.

  57. saints25 says: May 6, 2012 6:13 PM

    Get your facts str8 viking/falcon fans

    Vilma couldn’t be punished for lying because the NFL never spoke to them.

  58. khmer379 says: May 6, 2012 6:37 PM

    Who cares Briggs is a overrated LB anyway

  59. TSizzleBallSoHard says: May 6, 2012 6:38 PM

    If you want to prevent players from being injured then tell them to stay off the field and stay in the stands. You get hurt from playing football. Anyone who doesn’t know that is dumb. Give them the insurance, but write into the insurance plan that they can’t take legal action against the NFL or NFLPA for health related issues.

  60. pastabelly says: May 6, 2012 6:52 PM

    Anyone not disturbed by the Gregg Williams audio and participants in the Saints bounty program must have a few loose screws. I’m not crying for Payton, Williams, or Vilma.

  61. andrewfbrowne says: May 6, 2012 7:09 PM

    You ever notice how it is always the defensive guys complaining about fines and suspensions, the only exception I can think of is Heinz Ward, who made a career out of knocking guys senseless when they were not looking.

    The hitter thinks things are getting soft and complains, but it is not the guy getting hit on offense that complains.

    I hate the whining from Defensive guys who call upon to be like it was back in some long forgotten time when they could basically assault other players and nothing would happen.

  62. shlort says: May 6, 2012 7:23 PM

    Briggs is right on with his analysis. I have yet to see any video evidence other than a few hard hits by the players in question. Hitting is what they get paid to do. I see the same highlights on espn or NFL Net every football sunday. These men know exactly what they are getting millions of dollars to do. Play hard, physical football. The only way to eliminate injury in the game – disband the NFL, stop college footbal from happening .. Heck, just ban football, period. The people in todays society are turning men into sissies. Football will be doomed if these liberal types get their dirty little fingers into the game.

  63. sfsaintsfan says: May 6, 2012 8:07 PM

    pastabelly says: May 6, 2012 6:52 PM

    “Anyone not disturbed by the Gregg Williams audio and participants in the Saints bounty program must have a few loose screws. I’m not crying for Payton, Williams, or Vilma.”

    ****************

    Pastabelly,

    For all of the “talk” of Gregg Williams, the entire Saints Defense took it for what it was, just “talk” before a game. They did not act on it at all.

    The Saints Defense, and Offense for that matter, played the entire game without a single illegal or dirty hit and didn’t even have a single penalty called against them.

    Not One Penalty!

    They Saints played a Clean Game.

    Something Roger Goodell has failed to do.

  64. oaklegend says: May 6, 2012 8:55 PM

    What I get from most of the Cro-magnons around here is that you’d be fine with it if players or coaches offer money to teammates to injure opponents.

    I get it, there were no verifiable injuries due to this “system” and there and Vilma was likely punished more for lying than for anything he actually did. I get it. But I also get that he did the same thing Greg Williams did and that dude got suspended for at least a full year. I also get that I don’t particularly want a sport where bounties are tolerated.

    I love my NFL football fast and I want to hear a lot of pounding, crunching, smashing hits, but they should be legal and they should be untainted by the promise of a little additional spending money… which is what $20,000 is to these guys.

    And @eeeeeeetme… my guess is your knees have dropped more than a few times.

  65. bittersportspills says: May 6, 2012 8:59 PM

    It is going to be flag football soon enough, with this “please don’t let anyone get hurt” NFL front office. Soon enough, along with no one getting hurt, no one’s going to watch NFL teams playing grab___.

    Even the NFL promoted big hits with “NFL Greatest Hits” videos it used to sell before it got weak-kneed. BSPN sold it with its “Jacked Up” bits on Sunday AM broadcasts. Go to YouTube and look at “NFL Greatest Hits”, there’s half a million hits on the videos. Fans love hitting, and they love big-time hitting. Tell me, Goodell apologists: What do you do when you see the opposing team’s loud-mouthed receiver get smoked the one time he goes over the middle?

    And it’s a joke listening to Goodell talk about “safety of the players” when its really a cover for “please dismiss those class action lawsuits.” If the NFL and the Players Association had done something for the medical needs of the players who had broken up their bodies for the NFL and our entertainment from1965 to 2000, these lawsuits wouldn’t have much in the way of credibility.

  66. danno1212 says: May 6, 2012 9:31 PM

    Lance is the MAN! If you dont want to get hurt, find a new field of work! Not everyone can be a Crab Fisherman!

  67. danno1212 says: May 6, 2012 9:42 PM

    Providing health insurance for retired players is great, but the best way to care for an injury is to prevent it from happening in the first place. It’s difficult to square many players’ insistence that they want the NFL to take care of them if they’re struggling with health problems later in life with many of the same players’ insistence that they don’t want the NFL to discipline them or their colleagues who break the rules designed to promote player safety

    This is football, you are going to get hurt if you play the sport. Prevent it? There isnt a condom for that, if you play, you will get hurt! Am I wrong?

  68. q1ller says: May 6, 2012 10:42 PM

    He put up $10,000 of his own cash for the bounty. Nuff said!

  69. staffordsyear says: May 6, 2012 11:32 PM

    Wow,a comment from briggs not complaing about his contract?

  70. geo1113 says: May 6, 2012 11:33 PM

    “If the NFL and the Players Association had done something for the medical needs of the players who had broken up their bodies for the NFL and our entertainment from1965 to 2000, these lawsuits wouldn’t have much in the way of credibility.”

    It’s easy to make that statement. But what would you have done? Even today, there are still many unanswered questions surrounding the science of concussion. How much was known about the effects of concussions in 1965 or 1980? How many guys get their bells rung then want to go right back in the game?

  71. beeronthefridge says: May 7, 2012 12:18 AM

    Best way to to ensure that NFL players will live healthy lives long after their careers are over.

    DON’T PLAY FOOTBALL!

  72. backindasaddle says: May 7, 2012 1:28 AM

    “Player safety is best taken care of by providing health insurance for players’ lives,” Briggs said. “Come on. It’s like asking a boxer: ‘Are your injuries related to taking blows to the head?’ We throw our bodies around. It’s physical. It’s football. You can’t stop the violence from happening.”
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    10 years from now this blowhard will be suing the league because they didn’t do enough to protect his health.

  73. bittersportspills says: May 9, 2012 12:17 AM

    geo1113 says: May 6, 2012 11:33 PM

    “It’s easy to make that statement. But what would you have done? Even today, there are still many unanswered questions surrounding the science of concussion. How much was known about the effects of concussions in 1965 or 1980? How many guys get their bells rung then want to go right back in the game?”

    That was the case at the time they were playing the game. What I haven’t seen is much in the way of sympathy from the Players Union for the players that built the league. A lot of the old-time players got denied medical benefits from the Players Union. Ironically enough, Dave Duerson as a member of the NFLPA’s board turned down hundreds of requests for the old time players to get help, when he was suffering himself from some of the same ailments.

    Gene Upshaw’s Players Union did more for the owners than they did for the players.

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