New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton reacts on the sideline against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter of the 2011 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton debating appeal of year long suspension

Today news  broke that Sean Payton has been in contact with former NFL head coach Bill Parcells about the possibility of him joining the Saints as the interim head coach for the 2012 season.

The two plan to meet in Florida tomorrow in an effort to “iron out” the potential details of such an endeavor, but just how interested Parcells actually may be in returning to the coaching ranks is still unknown.

For that matter no one truly knows how interested the Saints brass are — with exception to Payton — in bringing someone in from the outside to run the team.

But none of this would even be up for debate if Sean Payton wasn’t facing a year long suspension, the penalty for Gregg Williams “bounty” program.

However Payton is currently contemplating appealing the NFL’s ruling on the suspension to potentially have it reduced to a more tolerable level.

That raises a serious question — is it worth it for Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, and assistant head coach Joe Vitt to even fight the matter?

Likely, no, considering the seriousness of the allegations and that all “guilty” parties have already apologized for the scandal while accepting “full responsibility” for the program

The fact remains that Commissioner Roger Goodell would be over seeing their appeals, and also solely responsible for the decision to lessen the potential suspensions.

That certainly doesn’t seem likely as Goodell was reported to be extremely upset with the Saints and their perceived attempt to hide the truth from investigators after the 2009 season.

The best thing to do maybe just to hunker down and get through it with a smile.





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  • larryjames836

    Yes I think that would be better to just deal with it and let it ride because they already saying they sorry for the bounties that they was saying the Saints committed be if Sean Payton feel he should have had a lighter charge then go it even if he is the Head Coach he shouldn’t suffer the harsh charges.

  • Drake

    He allowed this to happen, Larryjames836.

  • larryjames836

    Drake; Everything happens in the Locker Room all head coaches really dont know what going on, defense has they own coach. Everybody think the should know what the tail doing not all the time, just like a superviser on a job he dont know everything going on around him. President Obama dont know everything what’s going on in the White House, Roger Goodell don’t know everything what’s goes on in the NFL Commissioner offices all of this was outside information this is why the NFLPA is doing more investigation on the problems really they don’t know the truth maybe Payton don’t know anything about it. Do you have childrens do you know everything they are doing no. Just saying!!!