Found December 13, 2012 on
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At long last the Bounty Gate rulings were handed down providing some closure for the Saints players, front office, and the organization as a whole. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue cleared the four indicted players from any wrong-doing, however, the one person who could possibly help the Saints resuscitate what's left of the season remains suspended at least until after the end of the regular season and possibly longer.
Sean Payton's absence has reverberated through the team like aftershocks following a massive earthquake. It's obvious when watching the team play that there is a leadership void. In Payton's absence, Drew Brees has tried shouldering the burden of filling that void left by Payton's forced vacancy. Brees, despite his best efforts, needs Payton to help orchestrate the Saints offense. Whether through Pete Carmichael's play-calling or Brees' extreme confidence, the Saints have not looked like the well-oiled machine that they normally ...
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NFL commissioner Goodell has contacted suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, and allowed for the possibility of a reinstatement prior to the Super Bowl, according to an ESPN.com report. Payton would like the suspension to end after the regular season, a source close to the coach told ESPN.com. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue made a final ruling on the Saints...
During his press conference today, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees didn’t hold back from ripping former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as well as the NFL league office for how they handled the bounty scandal.
Drew Brees slams Gregg Williams and Mike Cerullo, calling both of them “disgruntled” former employees and questions their mental state.
— Jeff Darlington...
With the New Orleans Saints' player suspensions overturned Tuesday on appeal, the case moved into the blame phase Wednesday. Saints quarterback Drew Brees lashed out at commissioner Roger Goodell for issuing the initial player punishments that wound up being lifted by former commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Meanwhile, according to numerous reports that cite the Associated Press...
New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt issued a stern denial regarding former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' claim that Vitt insisted on keeping the team's bounty program in place despite an NFL investigation. "We knew the scuds were going to come, we knew there would be a leakage of information," Vitt said Thursday at his press conference inside the...
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma contends in a request filed Friday with a federal judge that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell disregarded the truth while putting credibility in allegations by former Saints assistant coach Mike Cerullo. Vilma urged U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan to proceed with the defamation lawsuit he filed against Goodell, which the commissioner...
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Wednesday strongly criticized the way NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handled the investigation into the bounty case, saying the league was all about an outcome and not a fair process, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Brees said he wants the league to be held accountable and that Goodell has has "little to no credibility"...
Former New Orleans Saints assistant head coach, Gregg Williams, testified during the Bounty-Gate investigation that he attempted to put an end to the program in 2009, per the Associated Press. Williams claims he was overruled, however, but current interim head coach, Joe Vitt. Vitt as the linebackers coach at the time, but also had the [...]
Andrew Juge of The Saints Nation stops by and before he gets into the bounty investigation he breaks down the disaster in New York. He details the struggles of the Saints receivers to get open and why it's now time to see if certain guys on the roster can play. Is Tyrunn Walker worthy of being on an NFL roster? Can Isa Abdul-Quddus and Rafael Bush be an upgrade at safety and...
Jon Vilma urged a federal judge Friday to reject NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed against him by the Saints linebacker.
Vilma's request to U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan argues Goodell acted with ''reckless disregard for the truth'' when basing initial allegations about Vilma upon one fired Saints assistant...
Former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams testified that he tried to shut down the team's bounty system when the NFL began investigating but was overruled by interim head coach Joe Vitt, according to transcripts from appeals hearings obtained by the Associated Press.
According to the transcripts, Williams said then-assistant Vitt responded to a suggestion...