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Raiders coach Allen with Saints during ‘bounty’ scandal

By Steve Corkran
Friday, March 2nd, 2012 at 5:33 pm in Oakland Raiders.

There is nothing to suggest that new Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was aware of or had anything to do with the New Orleans Saints “bounty” program when he was the Saints’ defensive backs coach. Yet, he is going to be linked to the issue, if for no other reason than by association.
The NFL on Friday released the results from an invesitigation that found that 22-27 players, as well as former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, participated in a bounty program in which players were rewarded for injuring opposing players.
Four former Washington Redskins players reportedly said Williams implemented a similar program when he was their defensive coordinator.
Allen spent five seasons with the Saints. He was their assistant defensive line coach in 2006-07 and then coached the defensive backs from 2008-10. The transgressions took place the past three seasons, according to the NFL’s findings. Allen was the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator in 2011.
The NFL’s findings implicated Saints owner Tom Benson, general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton as being aware of the program. At one point, Benson directed Loomis to end the program.
Williams left the Saints after the 2011 season and signed with the St. Louis Rams. On Friday, he issued the following statement:
“I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the ‘pay-for-performance’ program while I was with the Saints,” Williams said. “It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again.”
It’s difficult to imagine Allen being unaware of the bounty program, given the scope of the players implicated and the fact the owner, coach and defensive coordinator knew about the so-called pay-for-performance program.
Just the same, Allen deserves the benefit of the doubt and a chance to speak to the matter. He has not spoken publicly on the issue as of yet. A Raiders official said the team won’t comment on the matter, when contacted about getting a statement from Allen.
The NFL’s findings showed that players contributed money to the program and were paid in one of two forms based on their performance from the previous game.
For instance, players allegedly were paid $1,000 for causing an opposing player to be carted off the field and $1,500 for knocking a player out of a game.
Naturally, that kind of revelation doesn’t sit well with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated,” Goodell said in a statement. “We have made significant progress in changing the culture with respect to player safety and we are not going to relent. We have more work to do and we will do it.”
In my more than 16 years covering the Raiders, never once have I heard of the Raiders participating in a bounty program or even talking about going after a player in the vain the Saints did the past three seasons.

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  • DKnight007

    692.Carl Weathers Says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 12:36 pm
    Good day nation! Dennis Allen will not suffer any suspension, Greg Williams will be the fall guy.

    So I hear Wimbley is willing to restructure but not take a pay cut. BYE! Where do you think he will end up? Fat BW thinks SD or KC will pursue him. I could see SD but I don’t think the chefs. 8 days and counting…

    ^^^^^^^^
    I just don’t understand what the problem is with Wimbley, his agent and Chubby Mck.

    Wimbley is due make 6.5 million base and if he is on roster in two weeks another 6 million?

    McK should negotiate with the agent and say we want Wimb to be a team player and restructure his contract and in the restructure, he get can still get his 6.5 million base this year, and then the team can give him say another 3 million at the end of the season if he hits a performance incentive goal of say 10 or 11 sacks or more. If hits the incentive bonus goal, then he gets paid at the end of the season instead of getting paid now, to help the team out with the cap.

    Whether Wimbley gets paid 10 million total at the end of the year is up to him and his performance and he still gets a good 6.5 million up front this year.

    That sounds like a fair deal to me.

    Simple.

  • cfrylopez

    On Next Tuesday, March 6, 2012 @ 5:30pm, the Oakland City Council will meet. The last item on their agenda sometime after 6:30pm is to vote on whether to pay the Developers & the Environmental Impact Report for “Coliseum City”, the new stadiums for the Warriors, A’s & RAIDERS as well as a Mall and Business Park next to the Oakland Air Port. Oakland has the oldest professional sports stadiums in the country & if new ones are not built than all 3 Pro-Sports teams may leave Oakland by 2017.
    But they are more than sports teams to Oakland & Alameda Co. They are an industry that employs 1000s of people & raise $100,000s of charity $’s for our city every year. Our pro athletes visit sick children in the hospital every week, but most of all the Pro-sport team advertise our city to the world & give people another image of Oakland besides the former murder capital of the world. If all 3 teams left Oakland, 111 year tradition of Pro-sports in Oakland would be gone forever, & it would be sad & devastating to Oakland. If you want the A’s, Warriors & Raiders to stay in Oakland, come to the Oakland City Council meeting next Tuesday in the City Council Chambers, – 3rd Floor at Oakland City Hall, located at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California 94612. Wear A’s, Warriors & Raiders Colors & let the city council know that you want your teams to stay & contribute to our community.

    Check out this link to watch last weeks city council meeting about Coliseum City
    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20762899

  • doordiegs

    Can’t wait to hear some good news about a free agent acquisition.

  • raidertalk

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 12:39 pm
    And guess what, the Defense was EVEN WORSE we Romac was not on the field!
    _____________________________________________________

    True, but when McClain got hurt it was a 3rd/4th string linebacker that was playing, remember Goethel and Ricky Brown got injured again, what a surprise.
    ————————————————–
    Yeah that was another issue with HueJax, broke the bank to offensive help, but neglected the Defensive personnel.

  • raidertalk

    @ 702
    I would love to see an Oakland live. So many games with homies or my girl, and afterwards we just want a convenient place to chill before we head out, recap etc. But the area is an indutrial waste land(see the toxic barrels as you cross the bridge to Bart). You’d have to figure that land is cheap and that an investor could capitialize on havind 60-some thousand people within walking distance. Not to mention the Warrior/A’s crowds.

    Went to a couple lakers games and shows at staples in LA, and it was cool just to grab dinner or hitup a bar before lining up for entrance.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Time for a new post Steve. Been almost four days. Let’s pick up the pace there a bit…

  • R8ER MIKE

    gotta get to 1500 before they will post again !!!

  • http://www.raiderettes.com Sullivan44

    Young adults today don’t understand the importance of preserving old blue collar cities like Oakland, Cleveland, Detroit, etc. Can’t blame them. They grew up in a world of “I want it now” self gratification. They don’t understand tradition. It’s just not part of their make up. Everything is digital and disposable in their world.

  • DEATHROW 55

    Romac could out run Vonte Burfict, ha ha.

  • DKnight007

    702.cfrylopez Says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 12:46 pm
    On Next Tuesday, March 6, 2012 @ 5:30pm, the Oakland City Council will meet. The last item on their agenda sometime after 6:30pm is to vote on whether to pay the Developers & the Environmental Impact Report for “Coliseum City”, the new stadiums for the Warriors, A’s & RAIDERS as well as a Mall and Business Park next to the Oakland Air Port. Oakland has the oldest professional sports stadiums in the country & if new ones are not built than all 3 Pro-Sports teams may leave Oakland by 2017.
    But they are more than sports teams to Oakland & Alameda Co. They are an industry that employs 1000s of people & raise $100,000s of charity $’s for our city every year. Our pro athletes visit sick children in the hospital every week, but most of all the Pro-sport team advertise our city to the world & give people another image of Oakland besides the former murder capital of the world. If all 3 teams left Oakland, 111 year tradition of Pro-sports in Oakland would be gone forever, & it would be sad & devastating to Oakland. If you want the A’s, Warriors & Raiders to stay in Oakland, come to the Oakland City Council meeting next Tuesday in the City Council Chambers, – 3rd Floor at Oakland City Hall, located at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California 94612. Wear A’s, Warriors & Raiders Colors & let the city council know that you want your teams to stay & contribute to our community.

    Check out this link to watch last weeks city council meeting about Coliseum City
    http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20762899

    ^^^^^^^^
    I have had some informative email exchanges with some of the Oakland City Council members the last couple of weeks.

    I am confident they will be voting YES and moving forward to pay the Developers & the Environmental Impact Report for “Coliseum City”, for the new stadiums for the Warriors, A’s & RAIDERS as well as the Mall and Business Park next to the Oakland Air Port.

    They really have no choice, but to vote YES. If all of those pro sports teams leave the area. It would be absolutely DISASTROUS for the city of Oakland and that pocket area of Alameda County.

  • DKnight007

    705.raidertalk Says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 12:54 pm
    @ 702
    I would love to see an Oakland live. So many games with homies or my girl, and afterwards we just want a convenient place to chill before we head out, recap etc. But the area is an indutrial waste land(see the toxic barrels as you cross the bridge to Bart). You’d have to figure that land is cheap and that an investor could capitialize on havind 60-some thousand people within walking distance. Not to mention the Warrior/A’s crowds.

    Went to a couple lakers games and shows at staples in LA, and it was cool just to grab dinner or hitup a bar before lining up for entrance.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Exactly! They need to make Coliseum City and renovate and redevelop that whole area like they did the Staples and Nokia Centers in that part of DTown LA.

  • DEATHROW 55

    If romac had seymores mentality with groves speed and with branchs tackling skills = top 5 linebacker.

  • Marks hair

    712. Get right on that doctor frankenstein

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