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The NFL has begun internally discussing the reinstatements of Saints coach Sean Payton and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, according to a source with knowledge of their process.
Payton, whose season-long suspension ends Feb. 3, has not officially applied for reinstatement, another source said, maintaining status quo, Williams' status is not clear, although he must apply to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for reinstatement from indefinite suspension.
What's not clear is what must happen next. When the suspensions of general manager Mickey Loomis and linebackers coach Joe Vitt ended, they simply returned to work. The thought from those who have spoken with Payton is that he would be able to show up and return to work.
According to the paperwork he was handed, there are no set guidelines for a reinstatement hearing, they were identical to those guidelines provided to Vitt and Loomis and the NFL said it is simply focused on the postseason.
"We are focused on the playoffs right now," spokesman Greg Aiello said. "We are not going to comment on this matter. It will be addressed at the appropriate time."
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One New Orleans Saints player speaking anonymously told Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune that he wants defensive coordinator Steve Spanuolo fired.
"Trust me all the guys were being politically correct this season when answering questions," the player said. "It's bad."
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'BAD, BAD, BAD'
A Saints player quoted anonymously said that Steve Spagnuolo deserves to be fired, claiming the team's defensive coordinator "treats people like crap."
The New Orleans Saints had one of the worst defenses in the NFL this season, which of course reflects poorly on defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. It was a hectic year in New Orleans between the bounty scandal and the suspension of head coach Sean Payton, so it’s tough to judge anyone based on the past 10 months.
At least one Saints player feels as though Spagnuolo is to blame...
The 2012 NFL season will not be one in which the New Orleans Saints will wish to remember. Take away the losing record and failure to make the playoffs, coupled with all of the player and coaching and executive suspensions, and this past season is one to forget in The Big Easy.
Unfortunately, it appears as if the damage control is nowhere near complete for Sean Payton and the Saints...
According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, an anonymous Saints player told him that defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo needs to be fired.One Saints player, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a “resounding” yes when asked if he thought Spagnuolo should be fired after just one season in New Orleans as the Saints broke the single-season record for...
A nuclear bomb was dropped on Steve Spagnuolo and the Saints' coaching staff late last night while most of us were sleeping. Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune, citing an anonymous player of the Saints, gave the player's opinion that Spagnuolo should be fired immediately. What bothers me the most about these quotes is, well, pretty much all of it. Where to even start? Everyone...
We can remember when Rex Ryan called out the entire NFL to beat the New England Patriots.
Now, the worst defense in the history of the football, called out the Jets. Jonathan Vilma, a former Jet himself, blasted reporter Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, who quoted an anonymous source that they should fire defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Anonymously ripping people has become all the rage in the NFL. In the past year alone, an anonymous Dolphins player ripped Chad Johnson on his way out the door and an anonymous rival GM ripped Ndamukong Suh saying he belonged on the “All-Hype team”. And now an anonymous Saints player decided to join in the act by anonymously ripping first year defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo...
The St. Louis Rams will not renew the contract of linebackers coach Blake Williams, son of suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
A team spokesman told the Associated Press Wednesday night that there was ''nothing to report'' on Gregg Williams, banished for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, although the move could be interpreted as...
Bears general manager Phil Emery is expected to meet with New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Thursday, according to a league source.
Carmichael was named offensive coordinator of the Saints in 2009, replacing Doug Marrone who left to become the head coach at Syracuse. Saints head coach Sean Payton calls offensive plays. But Payton was suspended for the 2012...
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports that the St. Louis Rams have parted ways with defensive coordinator Blake Williams and there’s a chance that his father, Gregg, is also out.
Glazer adds that Blake is already looking for another job and telling people around the league that his father will also be let go. Glazer mentions that a decision regarding Gregg “won’t be made till...