Oct 24, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt talks with New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) during the first half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Revised: New Orleans Saints "Fired" Gregg Williams after playoff loss?

New evidence has emerged that could help the New Orleans Saints with attempting to secure a reduction of the suspensions of Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis, and Joe Vitt. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was fired by the team just days after their playoff loss to the 49ers.

Williams was fired not because of the defenses performance in that game, when the defense surrendered a ton of yards when the secondary seemingly collapsed, his release however was prompted by the NFL’s investigation of his “bounty” program and seemingly the “Rogue” nature of it’s continuance after told to stop.

Assistant head coach Joe Vitt’s attorney, David Cornwell, confirmed this was the case when Vitt himself was questioned about the recent audio tape that surfaced of Williams “speech” to the Saints defense before the 49ers games.

Cornwell said Williams actions were reflected of a coach on his way out, and that he indeed was “fired” by the Saints the week after the playoff loss.

If Williams was fired it’s news to Saints fans and analysts that cover the team, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen necessarily.

Of note is that no one can seem to verify claims that Williams was fired, and according to sources at The Time Picayune, it seem highly unlikely that this was the case.

The remarks made by Cornwell appear to be strictly superficial in defense of his client.

Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis, and Joe Vitt have now all concluded their appeals process. The next step will be up to Roger Goodell.

If you would like to hear the complete audio of Gregg Williams controversial speech, click here, and decide for yourself what he was implying.

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