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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: In the Heart of Steeler Country
The "bounty" system
Why does this even happen? I mean, seriously, guys who make hundred of thousands, and even millions of dollars per year should not be motivated to DO THE JOB THEY ARE PAID TO DO by an extra $1000. I do not think that it makes the players horrible who were involved. The fact is that, in any defense, your front 7 should be looking to hit QBs as hard as they possibly can anyway. Hurting opposing players is a consequence of their job. Would you want an outside LB who is afraid of hurting someone? I kinda feel this way: If the payoffs happened as a result of CLEAN, non penalized, legal football plays, what is the major problem? I think the problem here is that the money was paid for plays made outside the rules of the game, for example, a late hit to a QBs knees that puts him out. When you are encouraging guys to break the rules to hurt opposing players, it's wrong. I doubt that Dick Lebeau would say, "Silverback, will you please try to hit harder if I promise to pay you a grand for big, injury causing hits?" On the Steelers, if guys aren't hitting as hard as they possibly can, they soon are playing for the Redskins.
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