April 9, 2012

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Upholds Penalties Against Saints’ Coaches

Mark Maske, writing for The Washington Post's The Insider:

“The NFL has upheld the suspensions of New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt for their roles in the team’s bounty scheme, the league announced Monday.”

The Saints are done for the 2012 season, even if they get Bill Parcells to step in as head coach for a year. The distraction of losing Sean Payton, the disruption of a new coach adapting, or adapting to a new offensive scheme, and the close scrutiny of the league, other teams and fans all wondering 'are they still doing it?' will prove enough to keep them at .500 or worse for the season.

Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams did not appeal his indefinite suspension. His case will be reviewed following the 2012 season.

Williams' suspension is "indefinite," so there's no reason to assume that such a review will return him to NFL coaching. Williams had left the Saints organization at the end of last season to take the St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator job under new head coach Jeff Fisher.

I'd guess Gregg Williams is done, too.

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