Tuesday, 22 January 2013 10:10
Goodell takes Bounty off Saints' Payton, so what to do about Spagnuolo?
Written by 

payton2     The nearly year-long nightmare of Bountygate is now officially over! The NFL's decision Tuesday to reinstate Saints coach Sean Payton, a week after a federal judge tossed out Jonathan Vilma's defamation suit against Commissioner Roger Goodell, effectively puts an end to the most vexing year in franchise history.

     The NFL released a statement quoting Goodell as saying his decision came after a discussion with the head coach. "We had a very productive discussion," Goodell said. "Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that."

     The NFL's decision was reasonable since this time of year is critical in the preparation for the new season. Coaching staffs must be completed; the Saints must find a replacement for offensive line coach Aaron Kromer.  More importantly, it is a time for college all-star games when much of next year's draft class is on full view to coaches and scouts. To the latter point, Payton is undoubtedly on his way to Mobile at this moment to watch Senior Bowl practices and to confer with his coaches.

     His first meeting with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo should be interesting, especially after an unnamed defensive player came out Monday saying Spags should be fired. That will not happen, because Payton prefers not to let the inmates run the asylum. However, when is the last time in the Payton era that a player, anonymous or otherwise, chirped about the coaches? The Saints head coach has more pressing things to worry about, especially finding players who can come in and make the defense better. A Spagnuolo defense won a Super Bowl, so it more likely the Saints' situation mirrors the old NFL adage: "Good players make good coaches."  

His new book, "Where the Water Kept Rising," is now available in local bookstores, at Amazon.com and at his website: www.JWMillerSports.com


Login to post comments
  • Cat Fights on the Hot Cement Confederate New Orleans statues
  • Ex-Saints, Bears, Bills, NFL Exec, Jim W. Miller discusses NFL Draft tomorrow
  • Trump's new plan; Curtains on tax returns release; 40% say Trump-Russia; Probing Obama admin
  • Watch Louisiana Governor Edwards talk about CAT Tax failure

catRarely, have I seen few issues that have generated as much raw heat, tension, and passion than the Confederate monuments controversy. 

Just as existed during the real civil war, where brothers battled brothers, social media is the battleground, particularly Facebook, pitting friend against friend.

On one side of the tense divide, there are those who are protecting the New Orleans civil war era monuments.  Burnt in effigy, forever, is the symbol of Mayor Mitch Landrieu for up-ending what the monument protectors consider to be the loving civil society of New Orleans.

Lately, events have turned somewhat militaristic.

Some protectors of the Confederate monuments have been staying vigilant, in person and online, even surveilling during the wee hours of the morning, waiting for the next Mayor Landrieu attack. On Sunday morning, with protections of snipers, masked workers and a dumbstruck audience, the worst of all of the monuments was cut and carried., the Liberty Monument. 

Read More

miller nfl live2 5It’s D-Day or Draft Day tomorrow in the NFL.

More specifically, Thursday represents the first day of the NFL draft 2017.

Read More


trump curtainsThe major President Trump news of the day focuses upon taxes, not only the tax cuts he is proposing but his own taxes, which he obviously, refuses to unveil.


Read More

edwards play money 1

At a press conference today, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the CAT Tax did not pass the House Ways and Means Committee.  The Governor, in addressing the media said that "the fate of that bill was decided long before we unveiled it".

Read More


Sen. Appel talks budget, economy


Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1