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Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:07 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 7:59 pm
 

Gregg Williams: Bounty 'was a terrible mistake'

We'll let you decide what Vilma and Williams were discussing here. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Twenty-four hours ago, the biggest problem facing the Saints was that they were roughly $5 million apart per season on a new contract for franchise quarterback Drew Brees. And while that's still a huge issue, it's taken a back seat to the revelations Friday that at least one Saints coach and about two dozen players conspired to intentionally hurt opponents and knock them out of games for money.

New Orleans' forgettable offseason
The coach: former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who served in that capacity under head coach Sean Payton for the 2009-2011 seasons, including New Orleans' Super Bowl title in February 2010. Williams left the Saints for the same job with the Rams in January after St. Louis hired Jeff Fisher (who Williams had worked with in Tennessee).

On Friday, hours after the NFL announced the Saints' "pay for performance" bounty program, Williams spoke on the matter:

“I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the 'pay for performance' program while I was with the Saints," Williams said in a statement released by the Rams.  "It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again.”

It's nice to own up to your problems, but this doesn't appear to be an isolated incident. Details via Mark Maske of the Washington Post:

"The Washington Redskins had a bounty system for big hits on opponents under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams that was similar to the one revealed by an NFL investigation of the New Orleans Saints, four players who played under Williams said Friday," Maske wrote.

"Three of the players described a coach who doled out thousands of dollars to Redskins defenders who measured up to Williams’s scoring system for rugged play, including 'kill shots' that knocked opposing teams’stars out of a game."

“You got compensated more for a kill shot than you did other hits,” one former player said. Compensation ranged from "hundreds to thousands of dollars" with the biggest payout thought to be $8,000."

Wow.

Now that Williams has apologized, what happens next? More specifically: does owning up to it before the NFL weighs in lessen the punishment he'll face?

The short answer: who knows. We're not being glib but if commissioner Roger Goodell is anything he's unpredictable. The league has been criticized in the past for coming down hard on players but less so on coaches and front-office types. But early indications are that New Orleans' "pay for performance" bounty program is much worse than Spygate, and the sanctions could reflect that -- especially if Williams has a history of this behavior.

But it's one thing to punish the Saints; what happens if the Rams lose their defensive coordinator for any length of time?

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Posted on: September 5, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Sean Payton, Saints reach extension through 2015

Posted by Will Brinson

Sean Payton has very quickly risen up the ranks to become one of the elite head coaches in the NFL, and within just a few years of his first head-coaching gig, applied a Super Bowl victory to his resume.

Which is why it makes perfect sense that the Saints signed him to a contract extension, which the team announced on Monday.

"I am very pleased to announce this contract extension today for Sean that will run through the 2015 season," Saints owner Tom Benson said in a statement released by the team. "Our goal is to continue to build a TRADITION of winning here in New Orleans and Sean represents that tradition."

Payton, along with quarterback Drew Brees, represent a very different era for New Orleans football. Not only did they win the Super Bowl in 2009, but they revived a moribund franchise in the middle of the most devastating of times for the city, immediately following Hurricane Katrina's devastation.

Though they couldn't follow up that success with a repeat in 2010 and though the Saints did lose in crushing style to the Seahawks in the playoffs last year, there's little question that Payton's success in New Orleans is something that will continue throughout his tenure there, primarily thanks to his incredible offensive mind.

Which is why the Saints wisely locked him in for the next half decade.

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Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:23 pm
 

Saints to sign former Panthers kicker John Kasay

Posted by Will Brinson

This offseason, the Carolina Panthers made the curious decision to "get younger" by dumping 41-year-old kicker John Kasay, the only remaining member of the franchise's original roster, and paying 38-year-old Olindo Mare $12 million over four years.

Whatever, they were able to get someone who could kick the ball off and pile up touchbacks under the new rules. But Kasay isn't done with the NFL, and it looks like he could end up in the same division, as Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer reports that Kasay "is likely to sign a deal" with the New Orleans Saints in the near future.

Kasay's required because Garrett Hartley injured his hip on Sunday against the Raiders; the injury actually led coach Sean Payton to go for two-point conversions repeatedly against Oakland.

This isn't the first time Hartley's had an older kicker come in and try to steal his job -- just last year John Carney was added by the Saints in order to kickstart Hartley's leg after he choked a chip shot against the Falcons.

Things are obviously different now, as Kasay's simply insurance in case Hartley's injury keeps him out for the start of the regular season.

If that does happen, and Hartley's missing come Week 5, things could get kind of awkward for the Panthers when Kasay starts lining up for a 50-yarder to win things in Charlotte.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 2:35 pm
 

Reggie Bush inactive for Saints Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

All week long it seemed like Reggie Bush might play for the Saints on Sunday. Turns out, he will not, and he is inactive against the Seahawks.

Bush said he wanted to play, and multiple reports circulated throughout the week indicating he would be good to go against Seattle.

Even on Sunday morning, he was on the field warming up, but Sean Payton said he was going to run him hard and make sure Bush was 100 percent before activating the running back.

It appears that Bush didn't respond well enough to the warmups, as he's on the inactive list along with Pierre Thomas, Jeremy Shockey and Darren Sharper, to mention a few notables.

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