Their coach is suspended for a season. The general manager? Eight games. And the quarterback isn’t happy about not getting a new contract and having the franchise tag placed on him. What happened to the feel-good story with the New Orleans Saints? How quickly things can change. The Saints, thanks to Bountygate, are a team in more flux than any in the NFL. Coach Sean Payton received a year suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday, which puts this team in a bad situation and uncertain about the coach in 2012.
Former Saints cornerback Tracy Porter is the latest former New Orleans player to counter the NFL’s claim a bounty system was in place for New Orleans. “It’s something the league felt they had evidence on, but I mean the thing that I will say about it is, I mean the whole label of bounty is absurd,” Porter told the Denver Post. “There was definitely no bounty on any player out there in any game, we were just playing football.
During his counterattack against Warren Sapp’s accusation he’s the “snitch” behind Bountygate, former New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockeycame up with an interesting idea. To settle the matter of who’s telling the truth, Shockey tweeted he and NFL Network analyst Sapp should take a lie detector test on ESPN.
When Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman went public with comments declaring Tony Romo “a better quarterback than I was,” the immediate concern was for Aikman’s mental well-being. It sure sounded suspicious. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who played with Aikman from 1993 to 1999, responded to the remarks on Saturday:
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