Thursday, March 22, 2012
Commissioner and NFL bury the Saints
The New Orleans Saints may feel like another natural disaster just ripped through their city. After details of a team bounty system was revealed the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell laid the Thor hammer on the team for their indiscretion. Coach Sean Payton suspended for the ENTIRE 2012 NFL season without pay, assistant coach Joe Vitt out for six games, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the alleged mastermind of the bounty program, now a defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams has been suspended indefinitely (meaning beyond the 2012 season), and the Saints GM Mickey Loomis will be banished for half a season (eight games). The team gets fined $500,000 and loses second round draft picks in 2012 and 2013.
If this does not send a message to any other team yet to be caught (if you listen to former players turned ESPN analysts, this is going on around the league) I don't know what will.
It was reported that NFL investigators uncovered this program in 2009 and warned the Saints to end it. Well that warning went unheeded and thus the New Orleans massacre....
Welp no matter what quarterback Drew Brees does now the Saints are out of the Super Bowl conversation.
All you can ask is 'was it worth it?'
I got your message loud and clear, Commissioner. Thank you!
Everyone's saying how great a guy Payton is, but he had to know that his players were launching themselves at opposing offensive guys with intent to injure and decided to cover it up anyway. That's not a great guy to me.
Just my thoughts....