Fred Smoot was an almost immediate defender of Gregg Williams after the NFL bounties story broke, saying the Redskins never had a formal system for rewarding injuries or hard hits, and complaining about “the new world order that we call the NFL now.”
But Smoot took it up a level Tuesday, during an interview with Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan.
“It’s a dictatorship, to me,” Smoot said. “I think we need to start a congress of retired players or something, that these [rulings] has to get cycled through. I think it should be a process. I don’t think one man should have all that power. And you can just look and see what he’s doing to players and what he’s doing to coaches. And I don’t know, I think he’s starting to rub people the wrong way. But what can they do? What can they say? They can’t even defend themselves.”
Later in the interview, Smoot mentioned he was also unhappy with Phillip Daniels, who talked to The Post on-the-record shortly after the story broke. Here’s what Daniels said then:
Daniels said he believed Williams began the program with money from fines collected from players for being late for meetings or practices. “Rather than pocket that money or whatever, he would re-distribute it to players who had good games or good practices.”
He said the most he ever received was $1,500 for a four-sack game against the Dallas Cowboys in 2005.
“I think it is wrong the way they’re trying to paint [Williams],” Daniels added. “He never told us to go out there and break a guy’s neck or break a guy’s leg. It was all in the context of a good, hard football.”
Still, something rubbed Smoot the wrong way.
“I can’t say I’m fully upset at Phillip Daniels,” Smoot said. “Let’s just say I heard something through the players grapevine that I’m not proud of, that’s all. Let’s just say he ran his mouth too much and didn’t even know what he was talking about. I don’t know understand, just to bring that heat to the Redskins, I don’t understand that either.”