March 23, 2012 |
Sam Farmer, The Times' pro football columnist, spent an hour Friday fielding questions from readers about the busy week in the NFL. Here's the (lightly-edited) transcript of the discussion: 11:04 a.m. Martin Beck (L.A. Times): We've got Times NFL writer Sam Farmer here. He's been our pro football writer for 11 years; before that he covered the Raiders for the San Jose Mercury News. Welcome Sam. 11:05 Sam Farmer (L.A. Times): Good morning. 11:06 Mike James (L.A.
March 27, 2012 |
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton -- making his first public comments since the NFL announced his one-year suspension for 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 convince 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 league is staging its annual meetings.
April 17, 2012 |
Sean Payton has long considered himself a fan of the NFL. And for the time being, that's all he is. The suspended coach of the New Orleans Saints cannot have contact with the team or anyone in the league, and he must contact the NFL's security arm within 24 hours if he happens to cross paths with anyone on the off-limits list. Payton began serving his one-year suspension Monday for his role in the Saints' pay-for-performance bounty scandal. His appeal of the suspension was turned down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week.
July 18, 2010 |
They were 10 miles apart this week, Jon Gruden in a Culver City studio shooting his "Monday Night Football" intros, and Sean Payton staying in a Hollywood hotel, in Los Angeles for both the ESPYs and to promote his new book. In many ways, though, Gruden and Payton are even closer than that. They're good friends and the only coaches ever to lead NFC South teams to Super Bowl victories. They're also separated in age by just four months, both were small-college quarterbacks (Gruden at Dayton; Payton at Eastern Illinois)
March 21, 2012 |
The NFL's news release announcing that it was suspending New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton for one year, along with the other punishments the Saints received for their defensive unit offering bounties if they injured opposing players, contains some interesting items, including: "Payments were made for plays such as interceptions or fumble recoveries. All such payments are against league rules. Payments also were made for plays on which opposing players were injured. In addition, specific players were sometimes targeted.
March 27, 2012 |
Bill Parcells says he has not spoken to the New Orleans Saints about becoming their interim head coach for the 2012 season, replacing Sean Payton if he serves out his suspension by the NFL in connection with the bounty scandal. Payton says he and Parcells, a close friend, "really haven't gotten into it" either. But the notion just won't go away. In fact, Payton may have left the door open for speculation while speaking 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.
April 4, 2012 |
Bill Parcells has suddenly become a hot commodity again in the NFL. In an off-season that has already featured more than its share of unexpected twists, here's yet another one: Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is going hard after the 70-year-old former coach and executive to "run the show" in Minnesota, according to the New York Post. Parcells, whose last NFL job as executive vice president of football operations with the Miami Dolphins ended midseason in 2010, has been rumored to be a candidate for the New Orleans Saints' interim coaching job if his close friend Sean Payton's one-year suspension is upheld.
April 5, 2012 |
The night before New Orleans played at San Francisco in an NFL divisional playoff game in January, Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams gathered his players for a pep talk at the team hotel. In a 12-minute, obscenity-laced diatribe, Williams instructed them to injure specific 49ers, urging them to aim for the head of quarterback Alex Smith and the surgically repaired knee of Michael Crabtree, saying the star receiver "becomes human when you [expletive] take out that outside" ligament.
December 12, 2012 |
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.