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The Ginger Hammer Isn’t Fucking Around

March 22, 2012 at 11:12am by Scott   •  7 Comments »

Although I have to admit that getting Favre to retire was a nice perk of the program.
In case you spent all yesterday in a sensory-depravation chamber, Roger Goodell laid down the law with the Saints regarding the bounty program instituted by Gregg Williams and tacitly approved of by everyone above him (except, possibly, the owner who instructed for the program to end and was evidently ignored). Everyone is shocked that the punishment was as severe as it was, but I think only because everyone expects the big guys to skate. Not this time.

Gregg Williams: Suspended indefinitely. Goodell will review his status at the end of the season.
Sean Payton: Suspended for the 2012 season, effective April 1.
Mickey Loomis: Suspended for eight games.
Joe Vitt: Suspended for six games.
Saints organization: Forfeit second-round picks in 2012 and 2013, fined $500,000.

And honestly, it could have been worse. It probably should have. But I think it sends across a strong enough message that teams won’t risk this kind of program in the future. So from that perspective, it’s appropriate. And good. Fuck ‘em. This isn’t little, internal wagers among players. “Wanna bet $1,000 I get more tackles than you?” This is a coach-sanctioned pay-for-injury incentive plan. A 53-year old man should know that this is wrong. And then to lie about it for two more years and continue the program even after being investigated? If Williams gets out of this with only a lifetime ban, he should be glad. Depending on how contracts are worded in the NFL, he could probably be sued by anyone who was injured by one of his players.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m glad that the Bucs are getting a competitive advantage out of all this. They were targeted twice a year for three years, so they probably deserve a little extra consideration, along with the Panthers and Falcons. It’s not how I like to win, but justice is justice.

7 Comments to “The Ginger Hammer Isn’t Fucking Around”

JackieMoon

JackieMoon (March 22, 2012 at 01:28pm:

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Mark S

Mark S (March 22, 2012 at 08:57pm:

I remember when a lot of people wanted Williams as our DC and lamented the slow approach to hiring coordinators. I am so grateful we did not hire him. Having to find a DC at this late stage could have set us back a lot.

worker b

worker b (March 22, 2012 at 09:14pm:

You have to wonder if this is the extent of it for New Orleans. How old is Drew Brees, 33? It’s going to be a circus this year and next and then he’ll be 35. Is he going to want to wind down his career like that?

If I were the owner I’d be seriously considering firing Payton permanently and trading Brees for draft picks now. I guess you’d have to consider how the fans would take that, but what a mess. Maybe he should have done it last week and made a play for Peyton Manning.

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (March 23, 2012 at 10:34am:

You make a great point about firing Payton immediately, but letting Drew Brees go or trading him would be monumentally stupid. They need Brees now more than they ever have. Not only will he be their QB this year, but he’ll also be their unofficial head coach.

worker b

worker b (March 23, 2012 at 11:13am:

They do need Brees if they think they’ll still compete for a title. If they suspect it’s going to be a mess for a few years, however, he’d still bring in some good draft picks.

Replacing him with Manning would have allowed them to play it both ways. New Orleans would be appealing to Manning, no doubt, but there’d have to be a sense that the “interim” coach would be a permanent coach and good at the job.

BaldBuc4055

BaldBuc4055 (March 23, 2012 at 01:12pm:

I don’t doubt that he would bring in draft picks, but do you want to bring in draft picks, throw in the towel, and go down the toilet for 3 or 4 years? Or do you want to keep your leader, the guy that is the glue that holds them together, and still be relevant?

Despite the mess the Saints are in, they’ve still got most of their key guys, and Brees is the key to keeping them together. If I’m the Saints’ owner, I give Brees whatever he wants in terms of a contract knowing that he is the face and leader of that franchise.

worker b

worker b (March 23, 2012 at 04:01pm:

I’d probably do so as well. The fans would stay away in droves, otherwise. But how does Brees feel about it? Somehow they need to turn the page more quickly than two years down the road.

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