San Francisco cornerback Carlos Rogers says he doesn’t appreciate the way NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has conducted the league’s investigation and subsequent discipline for the Saints’ bounty program.
“A lot of Goodell, the way he go about things, is kind of crazy to me,” Rogers said on 790 the Zone in Atlanta, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.
Although it was Rogers’ 49ers teammates whom former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was urging his players to target in his infamous speech before their January playoff meeting, Rogers says he simply doesn’t believe any player would try to hurt an opponent with a cheap shot for financial reasons.
“Guys going out there to hurt guys for a couple of thousand dollars when you basically can get fined by the league for $15,000, it just doesn’t add out to me,” Rogers said. “A lot of people do their little system things where you make a big play, you make a big hit or you get an interception and you return it for a touchdown — different positions have pots. But to say you go out and intentionally hurt a guy for for a couple of thousand dollars to get fined by the league $15,000 and even more, that just doesn’t add up.”
Rogers played for Williams with the Redskins and said he never saw or heard any indication that Williams encouraged his players to injure their opponents.
“Gregg just wants you to play hard, get them down, however it is necessary, but some of the stuff that went on the Saints, I’ve never been a part of,” Rogers said. “That wasn’t in Washington, and I don’t know the extent to it if it’s true. But other than that, I still think Gregg is one of the best defensive coordinators, one of the best persons and one of the best coaches I’ve ever been around.”
And Rogers thinks it’s crazy that one of the best coaches he’s ever been around is now indefinitely suspended by the NFL.