At a time when the New Orleans Saints seem to be getting attacked from all angles, they have at least one prominent person defending them. Retired NFL quarterback Kurt Warner, who was one of four players listed in the NFL report as having a bounty placed upon them for injury, said he didn’t see the Saints do anything wrong in a playoff game with the Arizona Cardinals in the 2009 season. Warner was just interviewed on NFL Network and admitted the game was physical.
Since my retirement, and specifically this year, the Saints have opened their doors and included me in countless team functions. I included Sean Pamphilon in some of these activities, because I felt my relationship with the Saints was an integral part of my overall journey. The Saints trusted me and gave us unlimited access in filming, and I, in turn, trusted Sean Pamphilon. Sean Pamphilon and I have an agreement that all recordings ultimately belong to me and my family. Nothing can be released without my explicit approval. I did not authorize the public release of any recordings. A multitude of feelings have passed through me. I feel deflated and disappointed. I feel frustrated and distracted. Nevertheless, these feelings will pass, and I will continue steadfast in my mission.
Williams, the former Saints defensive coordinator, is in fine form following the victory, surrounded by reporters asking how he game-planned for then-Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Williams cited the pressure New Orleans placed on Manning throughout the game. “Hits on the quarterback, lots of times, are more meaningful than sacks on a quarterback,” Williams said. “… We were able to get, I don’t know, it was up near 15, 16 times we were able to hit him. Those are effective changing the clock in his head.”
Just a hunch, but commissioner Roger Goodell upholds Sean Payton’s suspension, and the Saints are back where they were a week ago — which is looking for Payton’s replacement. The popular choice is and has been Bill Parcells, mostly because Payton is close to him, has spoken to him and Parcells has acknowledged he’s considering the idea. But the Tuna-to-New Orleans rumor seems to have lost momentum, and that’s not all that bad, New Orleans. In fact, I’d suggest if you’re serious about having your team and the Super Bowl in the same place this season, you want someone other than Parcells coaching it.
Anyone expecting new Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen, who was a part of Gregg Williams’ defensive staff for the New Orleans Saints, to come out and publicly comment on his ex-boss’ fiery speech prior to a January playoff game can keep on waiting: Allen isn’t talking. Allen did not have a reaction to the Thursday release of the audio from Williams’ speech the night before the Saints took on the San Francisco 49ers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Instead, Allen would like to those locker room conversations “in house” and would prefer to “move on (and) focus on our offseason program and meeting with the players this week.”
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