Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 11/20/14

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 18: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (R) speaks during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee with NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw (L) and Pro Football Hall of Fame player and Coach Mike Ditka (C) on Capitol Hill September 18, 2007 in Washington, DC. Former players and league officials appeared before the committee for a hearing on the 'NFL Retirement System,' focusing on the current compensation system for retirees with claims of advanced injuries that became symptomatic after retiring from the NFL. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

In an article which attempts to analyze the various ways Roger Goodell could hand down punishment to individual members of the Saints defense, Gary Myers of the New York Daily News opines that Goodell will not suspend all of the affected players concurrently.  He believes that forcing all the suspended players to sit out at the same time would be “vindictive” and would essentially wipe out the Saints defense for several games.

Myers believes the sum total of punishments incurred in the wake of the Bountygate scandal is the closest thing the NFL has seen to the so-called “death penalty,” a term usually associated with the NCAA.

Interestingly, Gary Myers has a real problem with Joe Vitt taking over as interim coach in Sean Payton’s absence.  Vitt, he argues, played a significant role not only in misleading the league about the Saints’ pay-for-performance system, but also in delivering incomplete information about it to Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis.

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