October 27, 2012 |
The megastorm expected to create massive problems along the Eastern Seaboard over the coming days is already affecting sports. Weather concerns prompted former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to postpone a scheduled Tuesday appeals hearing that he was to oversee in the New Orleans Saints' bounty-related case, with no new date immediately announced. And the Boston Celtics will make their first road trip of the NBA season a day earlier than planned, choosing to fly into Miami on Sunday instead of Monday in an effort to beat the storm.
September 25, 2012 |
Drew Brees stands at the brink of NFL history, although he and the New Orleans Saints don't feel much like celebrating. Brees, whose 0-3 team plays the Packers at Green Bay on Sunday, is one scoring pass away from tying Johnny Unitas' record for a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games. That mark has stood for more than half a century. Meanwhile, the Saints have slipped deeper into the abyss, tumbling from a Super Bowl contender to the NFC's only winless team. Rocked by the multiple suspensions from the bounty scandal, they return to the site of the 2011 opener, Lambeau Field, an epic game (won by the Packers)
September 15, 2012 |
If the New Orleans Saints go from swaggering to staggering this season, no one will be happier than the rest of the teams in the NFC South. Of course those teams want to see the Saints knocked off their perch - they all have their hearts set on the division crown - but there's a personal vendetta in play too. In recent years, the Saints haven't just beaten divisional opponents, they've rubbed their noses in the dirt. In last season's finale, for instance, New Orleans beat Carolina, 45-17, and kept its foot on the gas even after the game had been decided.
August 22, 2012 |
The New Orleans Saints have a new head coach. Make that an interim-to-the-interim coach. Aaron Kromer, the team's offensive line coach, will serve as head coach for the first six games of the season, while interim coach Joe Vitt serves his suspension for his involvement in the Saints' bounty scandal. Coach Sean Payton is serving a full-season suspension for the alleged pay-to-injure scheme. The Saints' pick of Kromer is not a surprise. He's widely considered the most head-coach-ready prospect on the staff, and he's not a coordinator so the team wouldn't need to further shuffle the coaches by promoting him. "Ultimately, I wanted to have the least amount of change on both the offensive and defensive staffs, and maintain the most continuity with the program that has been in place for the last six years," said General Manager Mickey Loomis, who begins his own half-season suspension in the week leading up to the Sept.
July 19, 2012
Re "The Saints ain't sinners," Opinion, July 15 Kevin Hassett's and Stan Veuger's defense of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program is morally bankrupt and statistically absurd. They dismiss critiques of this pay-for-assaults program, citing the fact that their carefully selected measure - the number of opposing players reported as injured in the week after a game against the Saints - did not change. First, injury reports are self-reports. NFL players will move heaven and Earth to conceal injuries from trainers and coaches.
May 2, 2012 |
The head of the NFL players' union said Wednesday that the NFLPA still has not received any details or specific evidence about the New Orleans Saints' "alleged pay-to-injure program" and that it will fight the suspensions of four sanctioned players. “We have made it clear that punishment without evidence is not fair,” said DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFLPA. “We have spoken with our players and their representatives and we will vigorously protect and pursue all options on their behalf.” The NFLPA is in a difficult position, because it represents all NFL players, among them those who were allegedly targeted by the Saints.
May 2, 2012 |
The NFL has suspended four players for their participation in the New Orleans Saints pay-for-performance bounty scandal -- among them linebacker Jonathan Vilma, for the entire 2012 season. Vilma received the harshest of sanctions, with defensive linemen Anthony Hargrove suspended for eight games without pay, defensive end Will Smith four games, and linebacker Scott Fujita three. Hargrove now plays for Green Bay, and Fujita for Cleveland. It was Vilma who offered $10,000 to any Saints teammate who knocked Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC championship game.
April 24, 2012 |
While Louisiana state police and the FBI started a wiretapping probe into the New Orleans Saints and General Manager Mickey Loomis , assistant head coach Joe Vitt called allegations that Loomis had his Superdome booth wired so he could listen to opposing coaches "ludicrous. " "It's absolutely ludicrous. It's impossible," Vitt said Tuesday. "I've never heard of it before. That's something from 'Star Wars.' When I first heard something about it being a wiretap, I thought they were talking about Sammy 'the Bull' Gravano or something.
April 9, 2012 |
Upon further review… the New Orleans Saints ruling stands. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday upheld the discipline imposed on Saints Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and linebackers coach Joe Vitt for their role in the team's pay-for-performance bounty scandal. Payton has been suspended for a year, beginning April 16; Loomis will miss half the season; and Vitt will be out the first six games. All suspensions are without pay. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, now with the St. Louis Rams, has been suspended indefinitely.
March 26, 2012 |
PALM BEACH, Fla. — The final warning to the New Orleans Saints about bounties came in January, just before their first-round playoff game against the Detroit Lions. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell detailed the situation Monday at the conclusion of the first day of the annual meetings at the Breakers hotel. He slammed the Saints with heavy penalties last week, including a one-year suspension of Coach Sean Payton and an indefinite suspension of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams , who was rewarding New Orleans players with $1,000 if an opponent was carted off the field, and $1,500 for delivering a knockout blow.