With the Super Bowl rapidly approaching and the city
of New Orleans being the host city, the fans of New Orleans now have a little
more to cheer about. After serving a season long suspension for his involvement
in the ‘Bounty-gate’ scandal, Sean Payton has been reinstated immediately as
the head coach of the New Orleans Saints.
Gregg Rosenthal reported that after a meeting between
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Sean Payton on Monday the league publicly
disclosed news of the reinstatement on Tuesday. Payton’s return comes just in
time for the organization to begin preparing for the NFL draft with the head
coach initiating the scouting process by attending the Senior Bowl this
The Saints released this statement issued by Sean Payton,
am thankful today Commissioner Goodell has granted me reinstatement. As I stated
back in March, ‘I, along with Mickey Loomis, take full responsibility for all
aspects of our football program.'.........I feel we have learned from our
mistakes and are ready to move forward. I want to thank our owner, Mr. Benson
and all of our great fans for the overwhelming support throughout this past year.
I am excited to be back as Head Coach of the New Orleans Saints!”
Payton’s reinstatement comes at the culmination of a
lackluster season for the Saints after finishing with a 7-9 overall record, their
first losing season since 2007, but the franchise finished ranked first in
average pass yards per game with 312.3 yards, and third in average points scored
per game with 28.8 points, according to NFL.com.
Gregg Williams, the
former defensive coordinator for the Saints, remains suspended indefinitely.
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