In every episode of Pro Football Talk, we try to take a closer look at a story that maybe you’re not paying as much attention to as you should.
When it comes to the bounty case, there’s an angle that still hasn’t fully been developed. To the extent that severe punishments have been dispensed for using small cash rewards for clean, legal hits that cause injury, is it wrong to apply clean, legal hits with the hope that those clean, legal hits will keep the opponent from being able to continue to play?
Football is a game of attrition, and inducing attrition is part of the game. Dispensing walking-around money for doing what the players already have an incentive to do, while against the rules, is far less sinister than attempting to injure with dirty or illegal hits — especially hits that come after the whistle.
For more on this topic, with some candid thoughts from former NFL safety Rodney Harrison, check out the clip from Pro Football Talk.