Report: Roger Goodell will hear Sean Payton's appeal on Tuesday
On March 21, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended New Orleans head coach Sean Payton one year for his involvement in the Saints bounty scandal. Nine days later, Payton appealed. Now, according to a report, the commissioner will hear Payton's appeal this Tuesday.
|Commissioner Goodell will reportedly hear Payton's and Loomis' appeal this Tuesday. (AP/US PRESSWIRE)|
On March 21, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended New Orleans head coach Sean Payton one year and general manager Mickey Loomis eight games for their involvement in the Saints bounty scandal. Nine days later, Payton and Loomis appealed their suspensions, which will be heard by -- you guessed it -- Goodell.
CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote last Friday that while Payton could use the appeal to get clarity on the rules regarding his contact with the team next season, the underlying reason is much simpler: it's a delay tactic. One problem with that strategy: "It's likely the appeal won't give (Payton) as much time as he hopes. Goodell is expected to only take a few days to decide on the appeal maybe as early as middle of next week."
Or earlier. According to an ESPN report (via CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Larry Holder), the commissioner will hear Payton's and Loomis' appeal this Tuesday.
As it stands, the head coach and general manager are expected at NFL headquarters in Manhattan where both will get to make their cases in person to Goodell, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. In terms of what will be permissible during the suspension, Goodell said last Monday that Payton won't be allowed to "coach from home," but wouldn't necessarily be banned from all contact with his team.
In addition to the Payton and Loomis punishments, the commissioner also suspended Saints assistant Joe Vitt six games, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams indefinitely, fined the organization $500,000 and also took away their 2012 and 2013 second-round draft picks. Vitt will also appeal his suspension, and the team plans to appeal its $500,000 fine. Williams reportedly has no plans to appeal.
Assuming that Goodell doesn't lessen the sanctions (and history suggests he won't), the Saints will need to find an interim head coach. Bill Parcells, who hired Payton as a Cowboys assistant in 2003, has been mentioned as an option although he calls any decision "a long way off."
Other possibilities include offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, offensive line coach Aaron Kromer or Vitt (who's currently suspended six games). A source tells Schefter that Carmichael would prefer to only call plays and if Spagnuolo, the former Rams head coach, gets the nod the Saints may have to find another defensive coordinator.
On Friday, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw his unequivocal support behind Payton.
"The entire team loves our coach," Brees said. "We'd do anything for him and certainly are with him during this time. Just understanding how difficult it is and we're all trying to get through it. We're hoping for the best. It's really tough, because we're all a family. To have some of the things said about us as a team and our coach and our accomplishment, those things hurt. It's been tough for all of us."
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