NFL Rocks Saints In Bounty Case

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has brought the hammer down on the New Orleans Saints for the “bounty” program their defense ran for three seasons under head coach Sean Payton and then defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

The league had handed down discipline to the organization, Saints GM Mickey Loomis, Payton, Williams and assistant head coach Joe Vitt:

  • The Saints were fined $500,000.
  • New Orleans will forfeit their selections in the second round of the 2012 and 2013 NFL drafts.
  • Payton was suspended without pay for the 2012 season, effective April 1.
  • Loomis was suspended without pay for the first eight regular-season games of the 2012 season.
  • Williams, currently working for the St. Louis Rams, was suspended indefinitely, effective immediately. Goodell will review Williams’ status at the conclusion of the 2012 season and consider whether to reinstate him.
  • Vitt was suspended without pay for the first six regular-season games of the 2012 season.

The penalties rank as one of the biggest cases of league discipline handed down to teams and individuals in league history.

Still to come are penalties handed down to players involved. The league is working with the NFL Players Association on that front, and there will be players that are disciplined.

12 Responses to “NFL Rocks Saints In Bounty Case”

  • March 21, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Saints they ain’t. NFL has to take a strong stance on this. Football has always been a violent game. When face masks started being used at the high school level, late 1950s to early 60′s, it was mostly just quarterbacks or running backs that wore them. Just one bar across the front of the helmet. On defense we called them “handles”. It was kinda of fun to grab one and twist. Hey, we did it for free. Then after a few years they made it a penality. Football is violent enough with out paying players to inflict injuries.

  • March 21, 2012  - txchief says:

    I’m surprised that the Saints didn’t lose multiple first round picks as punishment. Mr. Benson must have been very contrite.

    I may be way off base here, but with Drew Brees refusing to sign his franchise tender, he might be traded. Brees is the only “franchise” QB that has any chance of becoming available to the Chief at this point. I hope this possibility hasn’t eluded Pioli and Hunt.

  • March 21, 2012  - el cid says:

    Unless Breez demands a trade, any move by the Chiefs would be tampering. If he wanted to move on, I would give them CAssel, Hollis, and a first round pick for Breez and a 5th rounder.

    The ax fell on the Saints because they LIED to the NFL since 2010 during league official investigations. Lie and you die.

  • March 21, 2012  - R W says:

    Yeah and lets not forget Brees was a 2d rd pick. I kinda am seeing a return of Martyball shaping up. You know, control the clock, pound the rock.
    The big Q is: Will it provide a better return in 2012 than the 90s? If this is true, then it’s going to be a draft of DiCastro to lead the picks for KC.

  • March 21, 2012  - el cid says:

    Might refer to the movie Slap Shot. Paul Newman talked about ole time hockey but when push came to shove, you play the game today’s style.

    Add DeCastro and you still got Cassel and his replacements QBing the Chiefs. Den. has Manning facing the same opponents, who is ahead? If SD quits hiring KC castoffs and fields a team, River or Cassel? Third best sucks, especially after Pioli did some great things in free agency.

  • March 21, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Shades of Buddy Ryan, huh? The NFL had to take this seriously and make examples of the Saints and did. I guess they won’t be marching in this season.

  • March 21, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    cid- put down the computer…you’re drunk posting again. ;)

  • March 21, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    We used to have fun chiding ourselves with “Marty ball”. A great defense and an offense that slugged out yardage without turning the ball over. A six yard pass. A three yard run. Up the middle. A two yard run. Up the middle. And, know what? That’s a first down. Look at the free agency pick ups and tell me we’re not headed back to Marty ball. Just no Marty. And I’m find with that as long as we win. The draft will tell us. If it’s heavy on defense, hello Marty.

  • March 22, 2012  - el cid says:

    Marty ball was fine during the season but come playoff time it usually got stuffed. The only time it got close was when Montana was on the team. Wasn’t he a little better at QB than Cassel/Quinn? Seems to me Cassel is not in that catagory. Marty ball gets them to the playoffs but what do they do then?

  • March 22, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Oh my… enough already.
    KC will go into ’12 with Cassel (27td/7int in ’10) as the starting QB with Quinn as the back up.

    Next subject. What about NT, ILB so Belcher is a back up, O-line depth, safety depth?

  • March 22, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Cid, you don’t get to the Super Bowl without first qualifying for the playoffs. One step and after that you hope like hell.

    cy, we have needs, you are right. Free agency so far has addresed three of them. I hope Pioli isn’t done. Then the draft. Coaching huge improvement. Front office finally appears involved. I don’t see how any Chiefs fan cannot be positive. Herms gone. Todd is gone. It’s looking so damn good. Just enjoy the off season. We’ll probably cry enough when the season starts.

  • March 22, 2012  - el cid says:

    John, I disagree. it is to simplistic to say “first qualify for the playoffs”. I doubt it is the attitude/goal/endall for teams like GB, NE, or other teams who seem to be in the hunt most years. Of course you have to qualify but martyball came up short, how many years? I think it is a matter of attitude (as well as skill level). Making the playoffs and early exit is failing, that is all I am saying.

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