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Tuesday, 06 March 2012 07:28
New Orleans Saints: Brees Livid, Peyton and Loomis vs. Gregg Williams, Randy Moss and No Colston
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Brees-panthersSaints owner Tom Benson is 110 per cent behind GM Mickey Loomis and Coach Sean Payton and wants them focused on the upcoming season said the AP.

"The bond between Sean and Mickey and Mr.Benson couldn't be any stronger," said a Saints official.

The loyalty to Loomis is a bit surprising because the NFL report accuses Loomis of disregarding Benson's directive to put an end to the bounty program.

The owner's support of Loomis and Payton means the Saints are doing everything they can to distance themselves from former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

The Saints want the league to believe that Williams carried on the program without Payton and general manager finding out because of the autonomy he was granted to run the defense.

When the Saints learned of the league's investigation, they let Williams leave for the Rams without making any attempt to retain him because they did not want to be associated with the bounty program.

Some hither, others yon: Drew Brees isn't going to sign the franchise tag the Saints placed on him. WIST-AM reported the quarterback is "livid" about receiving the tag. The franchise figure for quarterbacks in 2012 is between $16-$17 million, but that could change depending of what happens with any potential Peyton Manning deal. The Saints' decision to use the tag on Brees adds another twist to what has been a surprising contentious round of negotiations between the team and Brees.....

The Saints will work out future Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, 35, on Tuesday. If the lose wide receivers Marques Colston and Robert Meachem through free agency, they'll need a starting receiver. The Saints will also look at quarterback Brian Brohm, 26, who was a second-round draft choice out of Louisville of Green Bay. However, Matt Flynn became the Pack's back up quarterback and Brohm ended up the the United Football League before it folded. He'll be throwing to Moss during the workout.. Moss reportedly still runs the 40 in 4.3 seconds, but there isn't a 35-year-old anywhere who can run the 40 in 4.3...

Among the top free agents remaining is the post-franchise tag period are the Saints' Colston, guard Carl Nicks and linebacker Jon Vilma. Colston has been incredibly productive for the Saints, but there are buyer-beware warnings. He turns 29 before the season and has undergone five knee surgeries. He racked up statistics as a single-covered slot receiver in the Saints' spread offense. And , he isn't a vertical threat...Nicks is a mauler at 6-foot-5 and 343 pounds and is deceptively athletic for his size. He wants to be the NFL's highest paid guard in the league which is reasonable because he's only 27 and one of the top three guards in the league.  Vilma could be a primary target as the NFL does out bounty-scandal discipline. His on-field performance has declined sharply and he's no longer worth the $5.4 million base salary...

Eli Manning said the bounty-gate scandal is taking down the Saints and he's sickened by the entire situation. "It's not good for football and can't be part of football," said the two-time Super Bowl MVP...Brett Favre on the bounty-gate: "I'm not pissed. It's football and I don't think anything less of those guys. I'm going to make a big deal about it. In all honesty, there's a bounty of some kind on you on every play."...The Saints aren't alone in the bounty-gate. They are like the guy who was going 75 in a 60 mph zone was pulled over and told the officer about the cars that were passing him. True, but you're guilty, and you're the one that got pulled over...

Former Saints tackle and first-round draft choice Kyle Turley said that he wants Brees to disclose his level of awareness of the Saints program and the NFL should consider punishing him. "If you're going to suspend guys like Gregg Williams and the guys who were anteing up the money, then you have to take a hard look at suspending Brees. I want to know how much he knew. He's a rep of the union and for the health and safety of the players." Turley should stick with his band...

Former Saints safety Darren Sharper is currently working as analyst for NFL Network, the TV operation that is owned and operated by the league. But Sharper may not have that job much longer if he continues to openly dispute the findings that the league has already made regarding the bounty system that the Saints used from 2009-11...Real worries for the Saints may come if the bounty system arguably broke the law. The bounty system implicates two types of criminal charges: battery and conspiracy. Battery under Louisiana law is punishable by six months in jail...

LSU first baseman Mason Katz was named one of  Collegiate Baseball's National Players of the Week after batting .684 in five games. He alsol came within one-at-bat short of tying the NCAA record for consecutive times reaching base. No. 13 LSU plays Tulane on Tuesday night at Turchin Stadium and a sellout crowd will attend. Each team has a 10-2 record...

by Ed Staton

Detillier: Saints Bounty Scandal Shows NFL Out Of Touch


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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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