Former Saint Not Mad About Being A Bounty Target

Mike Karney was drafted by the New Orleans Saints.

From Jeff Duncan, of The Times-Picayune:

During his seven-year career as a bruising lead blocker, Karney said he doubted he was ever the focal point of an enemy game plan. He considered it a badge of honor to be mentioned at all by his former team.

“I’m not mad about it,” said Karney, who played for the Saints from 2004 to 2008. “I take it as a compliment. I love it.”

“One game is a small sample size. Two consecutive games might be a trend. According to Mike Sando’s latest post on ESPN, the Rams averaged only 1.5 yards per carry with Karney as a lead blocker in Games… and 8.6 (yards per carry) from a single-back set.

“Though St. Louis Rams fullback Mike Karney says he has ‘moved on’ from the insensitive timing of his release by Saints officials eight months ago, it appears the cut hasn’t completely healed.”

Karney also shared his views on the people in power within the Saints organization.

“I don’t recall anything where I thought, they’re trying to do something to me, they’re trying to blow out my knee,” Karney said. “Maybe the guys couldn’t act on it. The players weren’t the problem. Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis, that was the problem. I wasn’t their guy.”

“Evil does not prevail,” Karney said. “Everything in life eventually comes back to you full circle. It brought them a Super Bowl championship (in 2009). But it also brought them a lot of bad baggage. There’s a lot of evil in that organization.”

Those are pretty powerful words.

The Times-Picayune: Former New Orleans Saints fullback Mike Karney: NFL evidence shows team targeted him

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