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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
October 25, 2010 |
So I'm reading the newspaper here, because what else is there to do in this city, when I find my curiosity piqued. You probably recall the name too: Jim Fassel . He was big time in Southern California as a quarterback at Anaheim High, then Fullerton College, on to USC and Long Beach State. He recruited John Elway out of high school, coaching him at Stanford and later with the Broncos. A line began to form, NFL teams wanting his offensive input as coordinator, the Redskins, Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders, Rams talking to him about becoming a head coach.
October 7, 2012 |
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees has broken what once was considered an unbreakable NFL record, throwing a touchdown pass in a 48th consecutive game. The pass - a 40-yarder to Devery Henderson in the first quarter - snapped a record Brees shared with Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas. Suspended Saints coaches Sean Payton and Joe Vitt got special permission from the NFL to attend the game. The record-setting touchdown forged a 7-7 tie and capped a five-play, 80-yard drive, all but seven yards of which came in the air. The Saints have had scarce reason to celebrate this season, as they are the NFC's only winless team.
March 13, 2012 |
Turns out, the NFL isn't dragging its feet on punishing the New Orleans Saints in the wake of their bounty scandal. The league is simply honoring the request of the NFL Players Assn., which asked for time to conduct its own investigation. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah confirmed as much Tuesday to the Associated Press. The union said last week that members of its legal team planned to look into the so-called pay-for-performance program, a system that was largely player-funded and paid rewards of $1,000 if an opponent was carted off the field and $1,500 for a knockout.
February 10, 2005 |
Norm Chow joined what is increasingly a millionaire's crowd Wednesday when the Tennessee Titans formally announced his hiring as offensive coordinator. Chow, who molded Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart and was part of two national championships at USC, will earn a salary approaching $1 million, nearly doubling the approximately $500,000 he earned with the Trojans as one of the highest-paid college assistants.