During two of the three seasons when the NFL says Gregg Williams was running a bounty program in New Orleans, Dennis Allen was the Saints’ defensive backs coach. Allen, who is now the Raiders’ head coach, continues to assert that there was no bounty program in New Orleans.
Allen told Jim Rome on Rome that what the Saints had was an incentive program, not a bounty program, and he suggested that he feels sorry for the people who have been suspended over a program that was merely designed to give incentives for hard play.
"We obviously had an incentive program," Allen said. "It’s unfortunate the things that have gone down there. I’ve got a lot of great friends there. I really respect those players, those coaches, and that’s some of the best memories I’ve got in the National Football League."/em>