Faulk addresses bounties, Rams failures

Faulk addresses bounties, Rams failures

Faulk addresses bounties, Rams failures

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Posted on March 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

(FootballStL) -- Since Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk retired in 2006, the Rams have gone (15-65).  I asked the former Ram what its’ been like for him to watch all the losing.

“It’s been ugly, I haven’t had too much to cheer about.  It’s tough to win in this business,” said Faulk.

Faulk added he doesn’t know when the losing will stop.

“Jeff Fisher understands it’s hard work time.  We got to busts our butts, we have to find out who really wants to play football, who really loves football, and who’s committed to winning the Ram way,” Faulk said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rams Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams indefinitely for running a ‘bounty system’ during his time with the Saints.  Faulk was perplexed when the news broke.

“It’s hard to believe they were paying money to have guys hurt.  Big hits is one thing, downing the ball inside the ten (yard line), who makes the most tackles, paying a guy extra for those things is one thing, but if they were doing what they were doing to  injury people, that’s not right.  But I also say this, I played against a lot of teams, they were taking shots at me, maybe they (players) weren’t getting paid by the coach, or another player, but they were getting paid by the organization,” said Faulk.

Faulk says he’s watched nearly all of the Saints games since retiring and said, "at no point in time did I see that shot being taken by anyone to knock someone out of the game."

The seven time Pro Bowler says he hopes Gregg Williams will get another shot at coaching in the NFL.  Faulk said he does not think Williams should be banned from the game because of his involvement in the bounty program.

I asked the Hall of Famer if he were running a franchise, would he hire someone who not only new about the bounties, but established them; Faulk said it depends on the situation.

“If it’s not what I feel is wrong, which is hurt that guy, like hey, we want to end his career, then I would hire him, but if it was that, I could not,” Faulk said.

When I asked him whether or not he believes there are other organizations currently running bounty systems, he said, “Gregg Williams did not invent bounties, I’ll just leave it at that.”

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