Saints chief coach Sean Payton, director Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt are prepared to have their NFL appeals heard about the punishment they’ve received for their roles in New Orleans’ bounty system. Football spreads
Aiello related former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has since taken a job as defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams, did not appeal his unfixed suspension.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell postponed Payton for all of next season, Loomis was suspended for 8 games, Vitt for 6, and the Saints were fined $500,000 and docked 2 2nd-round draft picks. Football lines
The unusually tough penalties came from an NFL probe which ended from 2009-11 the Saints offered improper money bonuses for big hits that either knocked adversary out of games or left them needing help off the field.
Payton’s suspension has been on hold pending his appeal, enabling him to get in 1 or 2 extra days of work as he rushes to create an action that’s as detailed as feasible for the Saints’ 2012 season.
After Saints coaches and company executives, next to be decided is whether players who were involved in the bounty program will also be disciplined.
Goodell claims the NFL met up with the Players Association and executive director DeMaurice Smith to discuss the league’s enquiry of the Saints.
“We shared more information with them so they are up to speed,” Goodell asserted last Tuesday.
Goodell added he was expecting to communicate with Smith once again.
“I expect to be able to make some decisions soon,” he announced.
“I believe strongly in getting as much information as possible,” he claimed. “We respect the players. This is vital because it’s a player-safety topic. We think that we need to get some input from them.”
According to the league, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 to any New Orleans player who sidelined Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre during the 2010 NFC championship game. That was one example the league freed from its investigation. No other players involved have been in public identified by the NFL.
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger asserted he could not talk directly to the Saints situation, but for all the hits he’s taken, he’d be stunned if an opponent was trying to injure him.
“We all respect each other so much,” he announced. “We all know how hard it is. It really surprised me that guys would like to attempt to purposively hurt someone. This is a brotherhood. There’s so few of us that do it. The average life expectancy is 3 years in the NFL or something like that.
Payton has spoken to his old supervisor, previous Super Bowl winning coach Bill Parcells, about presumably taking over the Saints while he’s postponed.
Goodell has asserted he might be fine with Parcells stepping in. Thomas liked the concept, too.
“I mean, it would be great. That’s someone coach Payton always talked about in conferences, admired him,” Thomas claimed. “He appeared like an excellent coach. I never played underneath him, but I learned plenty about him. I heard a lot about him. He appears to be an excellent guy.