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March 22, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Jeremy Shockey has a character witness in his corner for "Snitchgate," but it might not be the best character witness in the world: suspended New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton. Warren Sapp had earlier said on his Twitter account that Shockey, a former Saints tight end who played for the Carolina Panthers last season, was the one who blew the whistle to the NFL on the Saints' bounty program. Shockey immediately denied the accusation via his Twitter page, and just a little while ago, offered up more proof . It seems Shockey texted Payton to assure him he wasn't the finger-pointer, and Payton texted him back that he had complete faith in him. The messages (and Shockey is quite the potty mouth)
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January 3, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
  It took awhile, but Coach Chip Kelly found his quarterback. Nick Foles started 10 games for Philadelphia this season, throwing 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions being intercepted just twice. Now, he faces a vastly improved New Orleans defense, whose front four has have applied heavy pressure to opposing passers. Foles and Saints quarterback Drew Brees attended the same high school in Austin, Texas, although the 34-year-old Brees is 10 years older. Despite winning seven of their final eight games, the Eagles would have missed the playoffs had they not beaten Dallas in a winner-take-all finale for the NFC East crown.
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March 26, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Bill Parcells was Sean Payton's boss in Dallas and has served as an unofficial advisor to his former assistant coach since Payton became head coach in New Orleans in 2006. Now will Parcells fill in for Payton while the Saints coach serves his season-long suspension in 2012? The two have discussed the possibility of Parcells taking over as the Saints' interim head coach in Payton's absense, according to ESPN. Sources say the two men have talked several times since Payton's punishment for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal was announced last week, and part of those conversations included Payton gauging Parcells' interest in the interim coaching position.
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December 26, 2013 | Sam Farmer
They are scorching-hot as NFL coaches. Their chairs, for the moment, are comfortably cool. This season features an unusually high number of coach-of-the-year candidates, making that one of the more competitive races. There's no time to campaign for the honor, of course, with all the focus on a fluid playoff picture that won't be fully decided until Sunday night. But several coaches could make a convincing case that the 2013 award belongs in their office. The field of contenders includes Kansas City's Andy Reid, who rescued the bottom-of-the-barrel Chiefs; Philadelphia's Chip Kelly, whose team has a chance to go from worst to first in its division (something at least one NFL team has done every year for the last decade)
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March 27, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
PALM BEACH, Fla. - New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton, making his first public comments since the NFL announced his one-year suspension in connection with the bounty scandal, said Tuesday he is disappointed with himself, is mulling an appeal of the penalty and has been speaking with Bill Parcells but not necessarily to persuade him to coach the team this season. "I've really called him more as more of a mentor, someone to shoot some ideas off of him," said Payton, who spoke to a gathering of about 25 reporters who waited for him in the lobby of the Breakers Hotel, where the NFL is staging its annual meetings.
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January 22, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Sean Payton has been reinstated as coach of the New Orleans Saints, the NFL announced Tuesday morning. Payton was suspended for a year for his role in the Saints' "bountygate" scandal, although the players allegedly involved had their suspensions lifted. Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Payton after meeting with him Monday. The coach "pledged to uphold the highest standards of the NFL and ensure that his staff and players do so as well," the league said Tuesday in a news release.
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November 5, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Sean Payton is not allowed to coach in the NFL this season. And now there's a possibility that when he returns to the sidelines, it may not be with the New Orleans Saints. As first reported by ESPN on Sunday, the multiyear contract extension Payton signed with the Saints in 2011 has been voided by the NFL because of a clause that said the coach could leave if General Manager Mickey Loomis were suspended, fired or left the team. If Payton has no contract with the Saints once the season ends, many people think Dallas owner Jerry Jones would make an offer that the former Cowboys assistant coach might have trouble ignoring.
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March 21, 2012 | From staff and wire reports
The NFL today suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season and General Manager Mickey Loomis for eight games in connection with "bounties" the team put on opposing players. Also, the league fined the Saints $500,000 and took away their second-round choices in the college draft this year and in 2013. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who recently was hired by the St. Louis Rams, was banned from the league indefinitely. The league found that Saints players maintained a bounty pool of as much as $50,000 over the last three seasons to award New Orleans players for delivering game-ending injuries to the opposition, paying bonuses of $1,000 for "cart-offs" and $1,500 for knockouts.
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April 10, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
It looks as if Bill Parcells won't return to the NFL to fill the New Orleans Saints coaching vacancy, and instead the team will likely promote an assistant coach to fill Sean Payton's job for a year. According to reports by ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Parcells has bowed out of the running to temporarily replace Payton, suspended for a year for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal. Multiple reports say the most likely candidate to replace Payton is Joe Vitt, the team's assistant head coach in charge of linebackers who also has been suspended for the first six games of the season.
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July 4, 2013 | David Wharton
Sean Payton might not want to quit his day job. The New Orleans Saints coach is moonlighting this week as a PGA Tour caddie, working the bag for his friend Ryan Palmer at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia. Payton had originally planned to vacation at the resort, but then Palmer gave his regular caddie the week off and the coach offered to step in. "I certainly have a great appreciation for the job that these caddies have," Payton said after a practice round earlier this week. "All of a sudden it starts raining a little bit, you're one hand short, you've got umbrellas going, towels going everywhere.
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July 4, 2013 | David Wharton
Sean Payton might not want to quit his day job. The New Orleans Saints coach is moonlighting this week as a PGA Tour caddie, working the bag for his friend Ryan Palmer at the Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia. Payton had originally planned to vacation at the resort, but then Palmer gave his regular caddie the week off and the coach offered to step in. "I certainly have a great appreciation for the job that these caddies have," Payton said after a practice round earlier this week. "All of a sudden it starts raining a little bit, you're one hand short, you've got umbrellas going, towels going everywhere.
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January 22, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Sean Payton has been reinstated as coach of the New Orleans Saints, the NFL announced Tuesday morning. Payton was suspended for a year for his role in the Saints' "bountygate" scandal, although the players allegedly involved had their suspensions lifted. Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Payton after meeting with him Monday. The coach "pledged to uphold the highest standards of the NFL and ensure that his staff and players do so as well," the league said Tuesday in a news release.
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December 12, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue affirmed Tuesday the "factual findings" of Commissioner Roger Goodell but vacated any penalties to the players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty program. Writers from around the Tribune Co. will discuss who benefited most and least from Tagliabue's ruling. Check back throughout the day for more responses and join the conversation with a comment of your own. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times Roger Goodell was both the biggest loser and winner in Paul Tagliabue's bounty scandal ruling.
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November 5, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Sean Payton is not allowed to coach in the NFL this season. And now there's a possibility that when he returns to the sidelines, it may not be with the New Orleans Saints. As first reported by ESPN on Sunday, the multiyear contract extension Payton signed with the Saints in 2011 has been voided by the NFL because of a clause that said the coach could leave if General Manager Mickey Loomis were suspended, fired or left the team. If Payton has no contract with the Saints once the season ends, many people think Dallas owner Jerry Jones would make an offer that the former Cowboys assistant coach might have trouble ignoring.
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October 8, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Sean Payton was there on Oct. 18, 2009, when New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw for four touchdowns in a 48-27 victory against the New York Giants. No one knew it at the time, but the Saints head coach was witnessing the start of one of the most incredible streaks ever in the NFL. Brees wanted to make sure that Payton, suspended for the season by the league in connection with the Saints' bounty scandal, was in the building 47 games later, when the quarterback was poised to break Johnny Unitas' half-century-old record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
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September 15, 2012 | Sam Farmer
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.
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March 30, 2012 | Wire reports
Saints Coach Sean Payton is appealing his season-long suspension from the NFL for his role in New Orleans' bounty system. And he's not the only one looking for a little relief from the penalties handed down by Commissioner Roger Goodell . General Manager Mickey Loomis , assistant coach Joe Vitt and the Saints organization each decided to appeal on Friday. Payton will also ask NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his guidance on the parameters of the suspension, which runs through next year's Super Bowl, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.
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October 8, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Sean Payton was there on Oct. 18, 2009, when New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw for four touchdowns in a 48-27 victory against the New York Giants. No one knew it at the time, but the Saints head coach was witnessing the start of one of the most incredible streaks ever in the NFL. Brees wanted to make sure that Payton, suspended for the season by the league in connection with the Saints' bounty scandal, was in the building 47 games later, when the quarterback was poised to break Johnny Unitas' half-century-old record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
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August 22, 2012 | Wire reports
The New Orleans Saints designated offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as their interim head coach for the first six regular-season games, when assistant head coach Joe Vitt will have to serve his suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty investigation. Vitt has been overseeing head coaching duties since Sean Payton's full-season suspension began in mid-April, but the Saints initially held off on a decision concerning who would become the figurehead for the coaching staff when Vitt had to step aside in Week 1. The 45-year-old Kromer is in his fifth season with the Saints and also serves as running game coordinator.
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July 14, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints reached a deal on par with the quarterback's record-setting play, giving the team's fans some news they can celebrate after an off-season rife with turmoil. The team announced Friday that it had agreed to a five-year contract with Brees. A person familiar with the deal said it's for $100 million, with $60 million guaranteed. The deal will pay the quarterback $40 million the first year, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details had not been publicly announced.
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