Joe Gibbs Claims He Knew Nothing About Gregg Williams' Bounty System

Brendan O'HareContributor IMarch 3, 2012

ASHBURN, VA - JUNE 16:  Joe Gibbs, head coach of the Washington Redskins, looks on during Redskins mini-camp on June 16, 2006 at Redskin Park in Ashburn, Virginia.    (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Joe Gibbs is as naive as naive can get right now. Gibbs is a 1990s Major League Baseball coach claiming he had no idea steroids were being taken in the clubhouse.

He claims to be ignorant when in reality, it seems impossible to be, given the fact that he was the head coach of the Washington Redskins.

Are you coming in late to the conversation? Gibbs is claiming he had no idea Gregg Williams, a defensive coordinator for Gibbs, set up a system of bounties during his tenure.

Here's Gibbs pleading the fifth:

“Just let me say this: I’m not aware of anything like this when I was coaching there. I would never ask a player to hurt another player. Never."

Alright, Joe. Sure you weren't. I'm sure you also weren't aware of cocaine in the 1980s or marijuana in the 1960s. Saint Joe Gibbs wouldn't know about such deviant, vile acts, for he is a Christian man. The fact that Gibbs claims he knew nothing about something that was probably so blatant explains his 30-34 record during Williams' tenure as defensive coordinator.

Gibbs has a long storied history of paying no attention to the defensive side of the ball, as he was a head coach who regularly just delegated defensive responsibilities to his assistants. He also knew nothing about the 10-man tribute to Sean Taylor Williams set up after Taylor's death. So it's sort of possible that Gibbs was totally oblivious to a mafioso-style hit system.

But then again, it's not. Gibbs was the head coach of the team, so there's literally no way he couldn't have known about Williams' scheme. It was probably a hot locker room conversation, as it involved money. If Gibbs actually didn't know about the whole thing then his coaching credentials should be reevaluated, due to the fact that he obviously didn't relate or speak to his players or the rest of his coaching staff.

What's more likely is a case of Gibbs trying to save his own reputation. He can't be fired for this because he no longer works in the NFL, but he's looking out for his all-valuable legacy.

And isn't that more important than honesty?

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