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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 08: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy during Super Bowl Champion Coach Press Conference at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on February 8, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
When the bounty suspensions were handed down by Roger Goodell this summer and the New Orleans Saints found out they were going to be without head coach Sean Payton for the season -- and without assistant head coach (and obvious choice for interim coach) Joe Vitt for the first six games -- I promise you that more than a few of the Saints players thought, "No problem." That wasn't a sign of disrespect to Payton or Vitt, who are popular with their players. But NFL players are willful, highly motivated, self-made millionaires who pride themselves on their professionalism, and they surely told themselves the Saints would shake off their suspensions, rally around the cause and continue being a perennial playoff contender. You know the rest of the story: The Saints, after losing an 18-point lead to previously winless Kansas City at the Superdome on Sunday, fizzled to a 27-24 overtime loss, and now stand at 0-3. This from a team that was a co-favorite to win the division, and boasts one o...
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