April 9, 2012 |
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday upheld the original suspensions he slapped on New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and linebackers coach Joe Vitt for their roles in the team's three-season-long bounty program. Payton is banned for the season, Loomis will miss half the season and Vitt is suspended for six games. The commissioner has yet to impose penalties on the 22 to 27 players who reportedly participated in former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' bounty operation, which offered cash to players who hurt opponents or knocked them from games.
March 5, 2012 |
Gregg Williams is in big trouble. The former New Orleans defensive coordinator, a guy who answered to the self-styled nickname "Dr. Heat," is at the middle of the bounty scandal that has rocked the Saints. At the moment it's the biggest story in the NFL, big enough even to supplant the Peyton Manning saga, which hinges on Thursday's roster bonus deadline. (Former Colts coach Tony Dungy, incidentally, thinks there could have been a bounty on Manning in 2006 when Indianapolis played Washington, where Williams was the defensive coordinator.
March 21, 2012 |
Precedents matter — both in courtrooms and in commissioners' offices. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday decided the New Orleans Saints' bounty program — which paid players for injuring opponents — crossed that crucial threshold where transgressions threatened the integrity of the game. He suspended Saints Coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season. Goodell also imposed an indefinite suspension on former Saints and current St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, while Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for eight games and linebackers coach Joe Vitt for six games.
March 6, 2012 |
Almost a week after the NFL pointed to them for failing to stop a bounty program involving some two dozen New Orleans Saints players, Coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis apologized and took the blame for violations that "happened under our watch. " "These are serious violations and we understand the negative impact it has had on our game," Payton and Loomis said Tuesday in a statement. "Both of us have made it clear within our organization that this will never happen again, and make that same promise to the NFL and most importantly to all of our fans.
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.
February 8, 2010 |
Peyton Manning left the field so quickly Sunday after the Super Bowl that he didn't get a chance to congratulate Drew Brees . The Indianapolis Colts quarterback said he plans to speak with his New Orleans Saints counterpart soon. "I certainly know how it was three years ago when we won . . . " Manning said. "There's the stage being set up, and the celebration, and it's time for the Saints to celebrate. It's their field. They deserve the moment. "But I certainly congratulate all their players and the Saints organization.
March 21, 2012 |
For three years, the New Orleans Saints secretly doled out cash rewards to players for hits on opponents — $1,500 for knocking someone out of the game, $1,000 for getting a player carted off the field. On Wednesday, the league landed its own knockout blow, suspending the Saints' coach without pay for a year and meting out suspensions to their general manager and two other coaches. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in going further than any previous commissioner, sent a clear message to professional football: The league is getting more violent and bounties won't be tolerated.
February 2, 2010 |
Had he eaten the breakfast provided Tuesday by his head coach, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams would have answered every question at Super Bowl media day like this: "Mmffffhhh!" Of course, that was the idea. "The poor waiter came over to the table at brunch this morning," said Williams, describing the prank that came courtesy of Coach Sean Payton. "He gave me two big jars of peanut butter, saltine crackers and a jar of sand to wash it down with.
March 2, 2014 |
The NFL might be a quarterback league, but that wasn't reflected in last year's draft. Only one quarterback was selected in the first round - EJ Manuel, picked 16th by Buffalo - and one each in the next two rounds. This year should be a return to the familiar, as the draft is rich with quarterback prospects. This mock draft projects three quarterbacks will be taken in the first five picks May 8, and five in the entire first round. The wild card is Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, who could be the No. 1 overall pick of Houston, or conceivably could tumble all the way out of the first round.
February 14, 2014 |
Days after the NFL said it was ready to make history by welcoming its first openly gay player, a report indicates that one team in the league promoted an intolerant locker room culture that harassed a player to the brink of suicide. Three Miami Dolphins players used "racial slurs and other racially derogatory language" as well as "homophobic name-calling and improper physical touching" to bully teammate Jonathan Martin as well as another player and an assistant trainer, both unnamed, according to independent investigator Ted Wells, who filed his report to the league on Friday.