Saturday, 24 March 2012 17:56
New Orleans Saints: Surviving No Payton; Bountygate, Porter, Chamberlain

Can the Saints survive without Payton?

You don't replace Payton from a football perspective. That will have to fall on Brees and other leaders. It's up to the veterans to figure how they're going to win without a voice coming from the front of the room, a voice these players expected to be there when they began offseason workouts with the goal of hosting the Super Bowl.


 Can the Saints survive the 2012 season without Payton on the sidelines? Honestly, I don't know. I have no idea. There is much more to play out before training camp and the start of the regular season.

But whatever happens, it has to start with the leadership in the locker room.

Brees may be the best leader in the NFL.


While the NFL’s Roger Goodell has brutally zapped the New Orleans Saints for what the we now call Bountygate, there are some in the know who are saying “no”

One “no” firmly comes from former New Orleans Saints defender Tracy Porter who said, "It's something the league felt they had evidence on, but, I mean, the thing that I will say about it is, I mean the whole label of bounty is absurd," Porter told The Denver Post on Friday. "There was definitely no bounty on any player out there in any game. We were just playing football."

New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced yesterday that the club has signed unrestricted free agent LB Chris Chamberlain to a three-year contract. 

 Chamberlain, 6-1, 238 pounds, was originally picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.  In four seasons in St. Louis, the former University of Tulsa standout has appeared in 59 games with 19 starts, where he’s notched 112 tackles (70 solo), two sacks, one interception, three pass defenses and one forced fumble, while contributing extensively on special teams with 73 stops.

 Statement by Sean Payton  

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2012


I share and fully support the League’s concerns and goals on player safety. It is, and should be paramount. Respecting our great game and the NFL shield is extremely important to me.

Our organization will implement all necessary protections and protocols, and I will be more vigilant going forward.

I am sorry for what has happened and as head coach take full responsibility. Finally, I want to thank Mr. Benson, our players and all Saints fans for their overwhelming support.


Head Coach Sean Payton

New Orleans Saints



NIKE takes ownership of the NFL's merchandising contract on April Fools Day. However, they won't be unveiling the new jerseys until late April. Not only will fans have to play a waiting game to get the jerseys, NFL merchandise prices are going up. The prices of a jersey that cost $80 last year will go for $100 and the $120 version will retail for $140. The prices are going up because of what Nike had to pay the NFL and players association for licensing fees...and you can guess who the fools are…


President Obama filled out his NCAA tournament bracket on ESPN, but David Letterman says, "Republican leaders have vowed to overturn it."...Tim Tebow has arrived in New York and the Statue of Liberty said, "It's about time. Can I finally put this torch down now?"...Potty-mouthed Jets coach Rex Ryan has changed his ways. Now when he drops the F-Bomb, it's Fiddlesticks...After the Final Four, top basketball players will leave their college teams faster than sponsors are leaving Rush Limbaugh...

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