It's pretty ironic that the issue of bounties came up right before the Thanksgiving game. I couldn't think of a similar situation involving a bounty in recent memory, but I got an email from Peter who pointed out the Bounty Bowl between the Eagles and Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 1989.
Except it doesn't work that way. In the Bounty Bowl, K Luis Zendejas was the intended target and sure enough he was knocked out of the game with a concussion. It also creates more problems down the line when the time comes for payback. The next Eagles/Cowboys game (Bounty Bowl II) was a complete breakdown of order in the stands. It also encourages players to act outside of the concept of team:
Solipsism. It means self-absorption, and Roberts decries it. In himself and others, especially his players. He preaches no solo demonstrations on the field. He emphasizes punt and kick units coming and going off the field as a team.
If the new Al Roberts had been in Philly in 1989, ''I would have stopped it sooner. I would not have been tolerant of the bravado.''