I spend most mornings with my wife and children. We begin our day together on a car ride to various schools and morning stops. Along the way we have discussions about topics that are important to each of us. After the kids are all safe inside their schools, the wife and I spend a few minutes together debating current events or discussing the tasks of the day.
A week ago, NFL Commissioner Goodell handed down his punishments for the Saints organization regarding the existence of “Bounty Gate.” For those that live under a rock, “Bounty Gate” is the dubbed title for the scandal that has rocked the NFL’s New Orleans Saints football team. During their Super Bowl run, the Saints had adopted a “Bounty” system for their defense that awarded cash prizes for defensive players who took opposing offensive players out of the game. That’s a big “no, no” and Goodell handed down numerous suspensions, fines and firings.
Mind you, some players no longer play for the Saints and still suffered suspensions. Former Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely. A long list of penalties is as follows:
—G.M. Mickey Loomis was given an eight-game suspension and $500,000 fine.
—The team forfeited its second-round picks in 2012 and 2013. (The Saints don’t have a first-round pick in 2012 after trading it to the New England Patriots, so their first selection this year will be in the third round).
—The team was fined $500,000.
—Williams was suspended indefinitely. Williams left the Saints in the off-season to become Defensive Coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.
—Assistant head coach Joe Vitt is suspended the first six games. Vitt was a possible candidate to replace Payton this season.
And the crowning gem that spurred today’s debate? Sean Payton, Head Coach, was suspended for 1-year.
While my wife and I sped down a busy street, I quietly speculated that I knew who would be a great fit for the one-term Head Coaching spot in the Saints outfit. After she took the bait and asked me who, I quickly replied, “None other than Mr. Bill Parcells. “ That was over a week ago and now it’s coming to pass.
The most interesting part in all this media circus is that Sean Payton ASKED Parcells to throw his hat into the ring for the coaching spot. But, WHY? I haven’t heard a fancy sports analyst say it yet, so I will.
Maybe Payton’s a bit scared? I mean, you don’t promote someone from within. The interim Head Coach would have no respect as he gained the job through natural selection or process of elimination. You can’t control a locker room, let alone command a field with that mentality.
Payton could, with good reason, be scared his job won’t be there for him next year. If the Interim Coach blows the NFL up, why bring Payton back? Payton knows that and is afraid his job just went South. Payton also knows Parcell’s has one season in him, but two? Nah. Parcells would gladly hand the reins back over to Payton to relive glory one more time.
What other coach in his right mind would come into the scandal rocked organization just to know they’re out next year? There’s only one true answer to all this. Parcells. And I called it last week…
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