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It had been 10 months since New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith were face to face with their former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams - a span that included NFL suspensions for all three in connection with what a league investigation determined was a cash-for-hits bounty program.
For about four hours on Friday, Vilma and Smith sat and watched while their lawyers cross-examined Williams during a hearing that is part of the players' latest appeals of their punishments.
''We got to hear what Gregg had to say,'' Smith said afterward. ''We wanted to make sure we were there just to hear him out.''
Smith described the hearing, the third this week in Washington overseen by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, as ''peaceful'' and ''not awkward.''
Smith, suspended four games, and Vilma, suspended for the entire current season, have been allowed back on the field while their app...
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Right from the start, the NFL said Gregg Williams was in charge of a pay-for-pain bounty system with the New Orleans Saints.
The former defensive coordinator - who told the league about others' involvement - was being cross-examined Friday by lawyers for players appealing their suspensions in the case.
And two of those players, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive...
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith attended a hearing Friday at Washington, D.C., law office during bounty appeals testimony that included former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Both players said they came away with a positive feeling after a day of cross examination by Vilma's lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, and Smith's NFL Players...
Drew Brees says that the bounty issue that made headlines across the nation was nothing but a sham.
He also said that instead of dividing the Saints locker room, it has brought them together.
As the Saints make their final push for the playoffs, Brees is simply saying that whatever the NFL was trying, didn’t work.
Drew Brees picked the wrong two weeks to have two of his worst games with the New Orleans Saints. And for those who can read between the lines, yes, using the word picks was definitely a pun intended. His seven interceptions over the past two weeks may have cost the Saints any chance of reaching the NFL Playoffs this season.
The five yesterday in a crushing loss to the Atlanta Falcons...
Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and lawyers for the league and the players' union have arrived for a hearing in the Saints bounties case.
Tagliabue is overseeing the latest round of player appeals in Washington.
Former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo, a key witness in the NFL's investigation, is scheduled to speak Thursday. Former New Orleans defensive coordinator...
ATLANTA A lingering media throng is a curious sight following ahistoric sporting event, conversing in hushed tones but bodies and eyes all facing one direction. On Thursday night in the Georgia Dome,those eyes faced the Saints locker room door, each pair straining to spot afuture Hall of Fame quarterback.
After years of playing Atlantastormenter, Drew Brees feel back to Earth against...
Not only did the New Orleans Saints bus end up with egg on it, Drew Brees record did as well. The Saints were in Atlanta to face off against the Falcons Thursday night. While the team started off the season in pure struggle behind b0unty-gate, as of late they’ve shown signs of pulling things together. [...]
Atlanta has been buzzing all week with anticipation for this game, and this incident definitely just cranked it up a few notches. Christian Boone of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that the airport workers that egged the New Orleans Saints team bus Wednesday night will be disciplined. It also appears that the egging may have gone unnoticed, if Saints players [...]
The New Orleans Saints bus was allegedly egged...by Atlanta airport employees.
First time my bus has been egged by opposing fans! Tomorrow should be fun!!#WhoDatNation— Will Herring...
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Even Hall of Fame quarterbacks get the blues. Drew Brees was picked off five times in Atlanta's 23-13 win over New Orleans Thursday night. He joins a long list of Hall of Fame QBs with disastrous games on their resume.
Coach Mike Smith is giving the Atlanta Falcons four days off following a victory over the rival New Orleans Saints.
When they return to practice on Tuesday, Smith will have the offense focus hard on correcting third-down problems that could have cost them against the Saints.
Atlanta, one of the NFL's most efficient offenses in third-down efficiency, converted none of its first...
ATLANTA -- Drew Brees' trip to Georgia began with the team bus getting egged and concluded with the rottenest performance of his illustrious career. The Atlanta Falcons snapped Brees' record 54-game streak with a touchdown pass, picking off the New Orleans quarterback five times in a 23-13 victory over the Saints on Thursday at the Georgia Dome. Michael Turner and Tony...
A little after eight o'clock tonight the Falcons and Saints will go at it for the second time this season with the Falcons looking for a much different finish. The Falcons sit at 10-1 but still have a bit of a bitter taste in their mouth as their lone loss came at New Orleans. The Saints might deny that this is a rivalry but these two teams grew up hating each other and that...