Two sources told The Florida Times-Union on Friday that Williams didn't implement a Saints-like "bounty" program in his one season on the Jacksonville Jaguars' coaching staff, and former Titans safety Blaine Bishop, responding to a comment Tony Dungy made to ProFootballTalk.com, vehemently denied there were bounties during Williams' tenure in Tennessee.
Dungy told the site he believes the Titans had a bounty on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and said, via a text message, that "I know they had them in Tennessee." An issue that arises with Dungy's comments, as The Tennessean points out, is that Dungy didn't coach the Colts while Williams was the Titans' defensive coordinator.
Bishop, now retired, played for the Titans from 1993 to 2001 and said there never were any bounties under Williams.
"I am not going to call him (Dungy) a liar, but we never had any bounties when I played, I know that," Bishop told the Tennessean. "Gregg never had any bounties. If we did, I never got paid. But the truth is we never had them. It didn't happen with the Titans when I was there, so it didn't happen when Gregg was there. I don't know what Coach Dungy is referring to. Maybe he is getting confused with when Gregg was with the Bills, or maybe the Redskins? I don't know."
"Gregg should be fined, punished, whatever the league thinks," Bishop said. "I don't condone it, and I just don't think it's right. But I know we never had any bounties when I played in Tennessee. So what Coach Dungy is referring to, I don't know."
"It's ridiculous that someone is trying to say that we made bounties on knocking guys out, when basically all it was is that when a guy gets an interception, then he might get paid," Sharper said. "That's something that guys do amongst themselves."