Aug 20, 2011; Houston, TX, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton coaches against the Houston Texans in the second quarter at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
New Orleans Saints fans were irrate when news trickled out that suspended former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was allowed to attend a home game for his new team the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
Cries of foul came in waves since many have claimed Williams sold his soul to the devil when he signed a declaration fingering linebacker Jonathan Vilma as the main culprit in the bounty scandal just mere days before Vilma was set to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Williams being able to attend the recent game gave even further ammunition to conspiracy theorists that Williams cut a deal with the NFL and gave them whatever they wanted to hear for special concessions.
Now the tables have turned a bit when news broke late Wednesday that the suspended trio of head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, and linebackers coach Joe Vitt will be attending the Saints home game this Sunday night against the San Diego Chargers.
This could be seen as a bone thrown to the Saints to ease the restless fans for allowing Williams to attend a game. Yet not long after the announcement came, the reason for the relaxation of the suspensions were given.
Quarterback Drew Brees actually contacted the NFL and asked permission for the three to attend the game since he will attempt to break the consecutive passing touchdown record that former NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas set in December of 1960.
Brees tied the record this past Sunday when he threw his 47th consecutive touchdown pass last week against the Green Bay Packers in the Saints 28-27 loss.
Knowing that this is not only a huge deal for Brees, but the Saints organization and fans in general, the NFL wisely relented and offered this small token to the club.