In the wake of the bounty scandal in New Orleans, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, makes reference to a passage in Rex Ryan’s book Play Like You Mean It, and compares it to the bounty scandal. Here is Florio’s entry on Pro Football Talk, and I will comment on the other side:
On March 2, the NFL told the world that the Saints had been using a bounty system for three straight seasons, offering players money for “cart-offs” and “knockouts.” On March 3, Jets coach Rex Ryan issued a statement claiming he has never used them.
“This is something that is being handled by the NFL office,” Ryan said. “I’ve never condoned it and I’ve never coached it.”
But while Ryan may not have condoned or coached the habit of offering money to players for knocking opposing players out of games (whether they leave on their own power or via a stretcher or a golf cart), Ryan has condoned — and coached — the habit of knocking opposing players out of games. We know this because Ryan said so in his 2011 book, Play Like You Mean It.
From pages 16-17 of the chapter called Blunt-Force Trauma: “Each game we might also designate an opposing player with a dot. Players don’t want to be dotted by the New York Jets, because that means we want that dude knocked out of the game. Of course, it has to be legal and by the book. We don’t play dirty, and no way will we intentionally hurt a player with an illegal, cheap shot. We dot players fair and square. There are players out there who think they are badasses, and you just might see two of our players knock the hell out of him. Pow! Pow! That’s our mentality. Everything we do is aggressive and, hey, we may make a mistake, but we will go one hundred miles per hour and we will knock the hell out of you. Big hits create turnovers. You haven’t been Punked — you’ve been Dotted!”